Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. New England National Scenic Trail is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently awarded a $1.5M Landscape Partnership grant to protect nearly 1200 acres on the iconic Mount Holyoke Range which includes the New England Trail. This land protection initiative, which targets lands identified by the Nature Conservancy for climate change resilience, will be led by the Kestrel Land Trust and local communities along the New England Trail. Read more
A hip hop musical video adventure along the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), produced by the NPS Youth Ambassador Program (YAP), is creating a buzz among young people. With a storyline inspired by The Matrix, the video has registered over 1000 views on YouTube and energized young people across New England to “find their adventure” on the NET. It has even spurred other national trails to produce their own dance videos. Read more
Hikers on the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) may discover something unexpectedly glowing. The Hespera Stones, a temporary sculpture inscribed with poetry from Emily Dickinson, quietly greets visitors as they explore the NET along the Mt. Holyoke Range in Skinner State Park in Hadley, Massachusetts. As artist Christopher Frost describes in the accompanying video, these softly glowing stones combine green technology and sculpture. Read more