Merger letter

Allegheny Valley Land Trust and Armstrong Rails to Trails Association are pleased to announce the proposed merger of the two organizations into one‚ĶArmstrong Trails.  Both organizations have been working hard to work out the details to share with you.  By combining our forces, we can better utilize our volunteers and resources for the betterment of the Armstrong Trail.

Armstrong Trails will have a Section 501(c)(3) designation.  All organizational activities will be determined and overseen by the Armstrong Trails Board of Directors.  Armstrong Trails will not a membership organization (like ARTA).  Anyone donating to the trail and trail projects will be “Friends of Armstrong Trails”.

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As always, volunteers are an integral part of all trails organizations and will be needed for trail projects and maintenance.  There will be 2 committees, under the direction of the board, responsible for directing these activities.  The Historical and Interpretation Committee will continue the work of historical restorations along the trail, continue to work with scout projects, and other trail related projects.  The Fundraising and Events committee will oversee trail events and all fundraising endeavors.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, please let us know.

The current ARTA Board of Directors has designated which projects will continue to be funded by existing ARTA funds with separate accountings being established for these projects.  These projects include, but are not limited to:  historical restoration, scout projects, and trail promotion.   The memorial bench/tables project will continue.  Current Volunteer Grant projects will continue until completion – picnic area at Phillipston and gates/bollards.

Current ARTA members will have the opportunity to show their support of this merger by voting in favor of the merger at the ARTA Annual Meeting on Monday October 14, 2019.

By becoming one organization, operating costs decrease and former ARTA members will be able to spend all of their volunteer time working on the projects which are of interest to them.  Moving forward Armstrong Trails will continue to provide a valuable resource for the public to enjoy the beauty of our area.

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