The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is developing a volunteer Trail Patrol to provide a variety of services along completed portions of the D&L Trail in Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties.
D&L Trail Patrol members will walk or bike the trail and provide information to trail users, offer basic first-aid items and emergency contact information when needed, assist with basic bicycle repairs, and compile and submit periodic trail condition reports to D&L staff members. The Trail Patrol will work in cooperation with the D&L Trail Tenders, a volunteer corps that maintains the trail and its adjacent historic sites. Maintenance issues reported by the Trail Patrol will be addressed by the Trail Tenders or a municipal partner.
Silas Chamberlin, the D&L's Corridor Resource Specialist, will manage the Trail Patrol. "We need volunteers to help trail users and report issues back to us," Chamberlin says. "The trail covers a large geographic area and staff members can't be everywhere at once. We're hoping the Trail Patrol can be our eyes and ears on the trail."
The program will be flexible; Trail Patrol members will choose which services they feel comfortable providing. Chamberlin feels the best candidates are people who already bike or walk the trail regularly. Interested persons will receive formal training during the winter and be prepared and equipped to assume their responsibilities in Spring 2011. Persons interested in joining the D&L Trail Patrol should contact Chamberlin at 610-923-3548 (x222) or Silas@delawareandlehigh.org.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor fosters stewardship of historical, cultural and natural resources along the early canal and railroad systems that carried anthracite coal from mine to market in eastern Pennsylvania.