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The 2016 Volunteer Year Comes to an End at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

CT Trail Runner Receive Award for Volunteer Service. Photo Credit: Eric Hammerling

Volunteers are at the heart of the great work that the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) accomplishes every year. In the 2016 Volunteer Year, CFPA volunteers donated over 29,000 hours (valued at over $805,000 of in-kind work) through many, many activities supporting CFPA’s conservation mission.   Here is a list of a few of these accomplishments:

  • There were 43 trail work parties with help from over 300 volunteers.
  • CFPA offered 18 opportunities for training to our volunteers and over 130 volunteers attended.
  • The Garden Gang had a busy spring and summer maintaining the beautiful gardens around our headquarters and have even begun to establish a meadow along our entranceway. 
  • Two new volunteer positions were added, Activity Leader and Habitat Steward.
  • The Ramble Guides held 38 Rambles that connected over 600 participants to the trails, walking locations, and open spaces our state has to offer.
  • The Junior Conservation Ambassador program was offered again this year and 16 students were able to connect to the land thanks to a volunteer organizer and the support of 10 volunteer presenters.
  • 21 Land Stewards monitored the 2,100+ acres of open space and forested land which CFPA protects. This work ensures our properties are appropriately utilized and also helps to strengthen CFPA's name in the community.
  • And sooo much more....
We are so very proud of all the accomplishments completed by CFPA Volunteers during the 2016 Volunteer Year, which runs from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016. During the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on November 4, 2016, CFPA hosted a Trivia Contest! The winning team, the Metadata Comets, walked away with a prize pack filled will goodies, including over $300 in gift cards to local businesses. Between rounds of trivia, CFPA called attention to the 2016 class of the 100-Hour Club as well as recognized the following volunteers for their outstanding efforts this past year:
  • Ruth Cutler – named “Outstanding CFPA Volunteer” for her work on the CFPA grounds and gardens
  • CT Trail Runners – named “Outstanding CFPA Volunteers” for their work supporting CFPA's 2016 Run for the Woods
  • Russel Johnston – named "Outstanding CFPA Volunteer" for his work with land records research
  • The Goodwin Gardeners – named “Outstanding Goodwin Volunteers” for their work building and maintaining the various gardens around the Goodwin Center
  • Jeffrey Glans  – named “Outstanding Trail Manager” for his efforts coordinating trail work parties and for his thoughtful and diligent sawyer work
  • Scott Gray and Sonya Wulff – named “Outstanding Trail Team” for their work on the Scovill Loop Trails
  • Thomas Burkholder - named "Outstanding CFPA Volunteer" for his work on the Tunxis Trail and his involvement with the Rock Stars
  • Thomas Kandefer – named "Outstanding CFPA Volunteer" for his work on his trail as well as supporting his fellow Trail Managers
  • Rick and Len Suzio  – named " Outstanding Friend of the Trail" for his support of the New England National Scenic Trail

CFPA is so pleased to call this unique and inspiring group of individuals our volunteers. If you would like to see the many different ways you can volunteer for CFPA, start right here