Mike Lynch was a typical trail user for a long time--on the trail but not engaged in the upkeep of trails. Then he was asked 20 years ago to help the Manchester Conservation Commission...and has never looked back.
Mike and Brenda Lynch have been CFPA members for over a decade and trail users for much longer. The Lynch's are charter members of the Winslow Society and committed conservationists. They are emblematic of many Winslow Society members by giving personally and through their business, Lynch Toyota.
Mike, Brenda, and their children always loved to hike the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails and ride bikes along the rail trails. The invitation to help the Commission came with the opportunity to work on multi-use trails at Case Mountain. Mike repaired water bars, helped build bridges, painted blazes, and helped relocate trails.
Mike met Dick Whitehouse while working on Case Mountain. Dick was a CFPA trail manager and served as President of CFPA for nine years. Mike knew about CFPA and its trail work but didn't get involved until Dick asked him to join CFPA and then to become a sponsor of Connecticut Trails Day...and again, he hasn't looked back.
Mike and Brenda's conservation ethic goes beyond trail work and supporting CFPA. When building their new dealership on the Tolland Turnpike in Manchester, they gave an easement on the property to the Town of Manchester and the Hockanum River Linear Park Commission. The easement protects the Hockanum River Trail in perpetuity.
Lynch Toyota has supported Trails Day since 2012. This includes a match from Toyota, which encourages its dealers to help local, environmental non-profits. Mike also connected CFPA to his friends at Middletown Toyota, who have given us great rental deals on vehicles for CFPA's Summer Intern Trail Crew. Mike and Brenda's support helps not only Trails Day outreach but trails across Connecticut.