Hurricane Irene (2011)

Let Us Fix The Trails

I have been a member of the Sleeping Giant Park Association and have volunteered on the association’s trail crew for more than 20 years. The trail crew has maintained the hiking trails on the Giant since they were created in the early 1930s. We have about 10 people in the core group and about 15 others we can call on when the need arises.

Although we are volunteers, we are not amateurs. Our chainsaw people have had recent formal training. We have members with Red Cross/CPR and wilderness first-responder training. To my knowledge, we have never had a serious injury. We are properly equipped. The majority of the crew has 10-plus years of trail work experience at the Giant. Safety is...