Vermont Rail Trails

Rail Trail Councils

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 Trail Councils and Regional Committees Guidance

biking along the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail in fall.

Rail Trails Ambassador Program

Vermont Rail Trails Ambassadors: 2024 Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Pilot

Volunteer LVRT Ambassadors are the friendly people that trail users may meet along the LVRT who are ready to share local insights and hear about users’ experiences on the trail.  They are the “eyes and ears” of the trail.

The role of the Trail Ambassador is to

  • Support the trail user experience
  • Inspire users by sharing information on the trail environment and history
  • Solicit feedback and information from users
  • Be a visible presence on the trail to help ensure user safety
  • Report conditions and issues on the trail to AOT
  • Encourage compliance with trail etiquette and rules

Ambassador Overview

As an LVRT Ambassador, you will provide a presence on the LVRT in a non-enforcement capacity, offering information to trail users, seeking and passing on to the AOT Rail Trail Program Manager any comments from trail users or any trail problems, and actively promoting the trail. You will hand out trail maps and provide information about current and future projects or events on the trail. Essentially, you will be acting as a friendly and knowledgeable representative of the LVRT.

Responsibilities: Ambassadors will agree to

  • Attend a required Ambassador Training Orientation (1-2 hours total in late Spring 2024)
  • Commit four hours each month (July-September 2024) to be present on the trail wearing your Ambassador vest to answer questions and provide information in a pleasant manner
  • Report trail issues to the Rail Trails Program Manager. (Form available at Contact – Vermont Rail Trails.)

Requirements: Ambassadors must

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be able to be outside for an hour at a time either biking, walking, or standing at your chosen trail location
  • Have a comfortable backpack to hold trail maps, trail information, garbage bags, etc.
  • Optional: Also carry with you a bike repair kit only if you are comfortable and capable
  • Carry a cell phone to report any issues if necessary
  • Be able to communicate via email

Interested?

Complete the volunteer form and submit it to Volunteer Coordinator Tori Hellwig at victoria@lcpcvt.org.

Volunteer Form

A person biking by a rail trail sign
Vermont Rail Trails*** April 11, 2023