This Spring, the Friends of the Fells revamped Trail Adopter Program was approved by DCR. As of this writing, 15 volunteers have already adopted trail segments of 1-2 miles each throughout the reservation. Adopters commit to visit their adopted trails at least three times per year, to ensure that the treadway and any drainage structures are clear, that signage and blazes are clearly visible, and to remove trash that may accumulate along the trail. More motivated and experienced trail adopters may approach DCR with specific projects to improve their trails, close illegal trails or remove invasive plants.
Anyone interested in adopting a Fells trail or path should review the Fells Trail Adopter Handbook for a more detailed description of the program and is requirements. The Appendix to the handbook contains the application form and liability waiver form which are all you need to get started. The forms may be submitted via email or in hardcopy form via the US Mail until we get the online versions up and running. Thanks to DCR for your support of this program and a hearty thanks to all of our new adopters. See you on the trails!