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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Larmann & Leinen Receive New 10K Hour Award

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Al Larmann (photo by jhy)

by jhy

On the opening day of the 2011 North Country Trail Association annual conference in Dayton, Ohio, the National Park Service presented awards for hours of volunteer service. Such awards begin at the 100-hour level, and have previously extended to 2500 hours of work for the trail. Various levels result in receiving a pin, water bottle, twill shirt, free NPS pass, fleece vest, or fleece shirt.

This year, two additional levels were added. At the 4000-hour mark, recipients receive a Presidential Service pin and a letter from the President of the United States. A 10,000 hour award has also been added, and already two NCT volunteers have accomplished this amazing feat. They are John Leinen of Minnesota, and Al Larmann of New York. Larmann was present to receive his personalized plaque.

Volunteer service to the trail can include anything from the nitty-gritty of trail building to planning, doing promotion or paperwork, legislative advocacy, or just about anything that is an asset to the trail effort. The National Park Service, the managing agency for the NCT, wants volunteers to know how much they are appreciated, and provides these awards.

See North Country Trail Association

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