By Bob Fuller, 2017 President's Volunteer Service Award recipient
I’ve spent some of the best days of my life out on a hiking trail, clearing brush, field checking maps and leading crews that rehabilitate trails and build new ones. You might see me carrying a clipboard and counting deer droppings, cutting brush with loppers or clearing blown down trees with a chain saw. Or perhaps you might find me building a bridge, swinging a sledge hammer or moving big rocks to build stepping stones or stairs. It’s not a high-paying job; it’s not even a paying job, actually. Money isn’t the point. I volunteer because it’s infinitely rewarding.
Today is Global Running Day. Across the nation, volunteers are creating and preserving trails. Whether running, walking, hiking or cycling, these trails connect people with nature. The Cox Conserves Heroes volunteer in many different ways. Here are a few that have made an impact through trails. Check out their videos to learn more about the projects.
Campaign will enable construction of 37 miles of trails throughout Metro Atlanta
April 6, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The PATH Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with plans to add 37 new miles of trails. The organization is seeking to raise $15.8 million in private funds through a recently-launched fundraising campaign. The campaign will leverage more than $34 million in public funding for a total investment of $50 million in new trail projects. To encourage community support, the James M. Cox Foundation has committed $6 million to the effort.
Today is National Trail's Day, and Cox is proud to work with two Atlanta organizations who are connecting people and neighborhoods. Cities with abundant opportunities to safely walk, run or ride bikes are more livable and economically vibrant. For more than 20 years, metro Atlanta’s PATH Foundation has been developing multiuse trails and linear parks to provide opportunities for walking, running, biking and skating – work that Cox has supported since the organization’s inception.
This year, REI buils upon a long-standing commitment to maintain the outdoors by awarding $4.6 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofit organizations. The funding will help enhance more than 650 parks, trails and waterways across the country – places enjoyed by REI’s members, customers and other adventurers. View some of the great work from 45 of the national retailer's nonprofit partners on REI.com.
SCA Members Build Nearly 1 Million Feet of New Trails in Parks across Nation
WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Student Conservation Association (SCA), the national leader in youth service and stewardship, today announced the states and universities that provided the most youth volunteers to its conservation programs in national, state, and local parks during the year from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013. SCA also revealed that the National Parks of New York Harbor, where some 200 volunteers restored beaches, habitats and other resources damaged by Hurricane Sandy, topped its list of service sites and partners.