Upper Valley Trails Alliance

Posted on 09/17/2018
Posted by Hypertherm

Hypertherm Procurement Team - Trail Maintenance and Bridge Build Community Service Day

Founded in 1999, the Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA), connects communities to trails through education, outreach and stewardship. This vital community resource is grounded in the three pillars of their mission of promoting active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons, connecting people and places through a regional trail network and leading a coalition of local trail groups and advocates.

Since their inception, Upper Valley Trails Alliance has weaved their mission into their programming and project planning.

  • ART_UVTA_bridge_200.jpg
    Da Vinci style bridge at
    Smith Pond, Enfield NH

    Stewardship is promoted by coordinating and leveraging efforts made by civic organizations, town recreation departments, nonprofits and landowners to build and improve trail networks throughout the Upper Valley.

  • Community outreach is achieved through hosting several annual events: Winter Weekends at Lake Morey, Tour de Taste bicycle ride, Winter Trail Fair and Trail of the Month guided tours.
  • A third focus area for the organization is education, as a 2003 nationwide recipient of the “Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living by Design” grant, the UVTA established a multi-disciplinary partnership called Upper Valley Trails for Life. Through this work they published the first multi-community trail guide for the Upper Valley, developed the “Passport for Winter Fun” program to engage elementary students to participate in healthy outdoor winter activities, pioneered a prescription walking program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and launched “trail finder” an interactive on-line tool that allows users to locate a trail by either activity or location. The Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals awarded UVTA a Project Excellence award in 2018 for their High School Trail Corp program. This unique youth trail corps program affords local youth the opportunity to serve their community by maintaining and building trails while learning leadership skills, volunteerism and land stewardship and outreach.

“I am amazed at how much the UVTA accomplishes with such limited resources. I am especially impressed with their Passport to Winter Fun and their High School Trail Corps programs which involve our young citizens in healthy outdoor activities. With so many other distractions today, our children will benefit from discovering the simple pleasures of embracing the outdoors.”

- Jeff Cornish, Staff Engineer, Hypertherm

Volunteer opportunities

The HOPE Foundation has partnered with UVTA through both grants allocation and volunteering since 2010. Upper Valley Trail Alliance offers several different volunteering opportunities such as collecting trail data, building and maintaining trails in our community, UVTA event support, grant writing and data entry, just to name a few. Over the years, several Hypertherm teams have engaged in UVTA projects; maintaining trails, building bridges, marking trails and clearing trees and brush. Teams have reaped endless rewards from volunteering; improving trail accessibility while strengthening team communication and camaraderie.

To learn more about the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, please visit, http://www.uvtrails.org/.

“Without a doubt the most rewarding volunteer experience I have had. Together our team built a bridge from scratch, problem solved and spent the day outdoors. We really accomplished something that day”

- Mike Tobin, Commodity Manager, Hypertherm

Posted on 09/17/2018
Posted by Hypertherm