Dear Ascutney Trails Member, On this GivingTuesday, we're asking for annual fund donations from all recent members who are willing and able to further support the work we do as a trails association. The number one thing we do as a non-profit is build & maintain multi-use trails for the greater Ascutney community to enjoy.
Some highlights of ATA work in the past year:
TRAIL PROJECTS! The new climbing trail, “Burger Grinder”, is complete and establishes a new high altitude point for bike access on the mountain! A new culvert was installed to enhance drainage at the Andrew Goulet Skills Park, and the park received tune-ups in May and July. The Skills Park hosted the inaugural Jump Jam competition in May, which we hope to put on annually as a fun way to kick off each MTB season. ATA also spent $4,000 to maintain the ski trails above the T-bar for the enjoyment of backcountry skiers & snowboarders.
BY THE NUMBERS! ATA volunteers logged nearly 300 hours of work this year, and we estimate the actual number is closer to 1,000. With the help of our volunteers, ATA cleared and maintained over 55 miles of multi-use trails.
ENHANCED WAYFINDING! You may have noticed new “YOU-ARE-HERE” maps at key junctions to help make navigating such a big network a little easier.
We get a ton of great work out of our volunteers, but in order to maintain and improve the quality of our trail network, we do incur the cost of professional trail builders, tools, supplies, signage, emergency support staff, etc. After this historically wet season, we've had our work cut out for us! We are deeply grateful for your membership and we hope you enjoy the trails as much as we do! Any amount you can contribute to this annual fundraising effort will help us tackle the next year of trail work, which includes the following projects:
NEW TOOLS! ATA is budgeting about $5,530 for new power & hand tools to facilitate trail maintenance, upgrades, & construction
NEW SIGNAGE! ATA estimates the cost of comprehensive trail signage upgrades at $13,435, which would allow us to install new trail signage throughout the network (about 500 signs) and further enhance wayfinding at Ascutney
NEW TRAIL PROJECTS! ATA is taking on stewardship of the Bicentennial Trail which has recently been renovated and re-routed for improved hiking. We’re also reopening and revamping Blue Dipper and Pine Twister, the two beloved, mellow grade MTB trails off of Mile Long Field.
Donations can be made by:
ATA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID number 85-3006764.
Please note that ATA is eligible for any employer or corporate matching programs, and ATA also qualifies for distributions from charitable funds or foundations. For any donations that may require a direct transfer of funds, please reach out for the necessary details.
Please contact us with any questions and thank you for being a member!
Ascutney Trails Association Board of Directors