Whether it is serving on a trail specific Rail Trail Council, monitoring the trail during the busy season, volunteering for Green-Up Day, etc., read on for some of the ways volunteers are making a difference.
Rail Trail Councils
The development of the trail specific Rail Trail Councils was a recommendation from the 2022 LVRT Management Plan.
The Councils are intended to support the implementation of their specific Management Plans in a collaborative and consistent way. They also provide an opportunity for representatives of towns along each of the four state-owned and AOT maintained rail trails, special interest groups, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders to have a voice in the management of the trails and to support local efforts to promote the trail and improve visitor experience.
The primary functions of these councils are to support engagement with trail communities, coordinate volunteers and local initiatives, assist in trail promotion and outreach, support project development and implementation, encourage educational programming, and provide eyes and ears on the trail through its membership.
Rail Trails Ambassador Program
Interested in learning more? Reach out to the Rail Trails Program Manager, Jackie Cassino (Jackie.Cassino@vermont.gov).
During the winter season, VAST operates the VAST Safety Ambassador Program statewide. In coordination with the LVRT Council, the Vermont Rail Trails Program will be launching a pilot program on the LVRT during peak summer season 2024.
As an LVRT Ambassador, volunteers provide a presence on the trail in a non-enforcement capacity, offering information to trail users, seeking and passing on to the Rail Trails Program Manager any comments from trail users or any trail problems, and actively promoting the trail.