I'm happy to report I was wrong. I spent an evening last week making fundraising calls for the Club's fall operating budget and I learned $1.2M has been raised already and all that stands in the way of breaking ground is finalizing a land purchase for the south end of the bridge and some permiting. Thanks to a generous $250,000 donation from former Long Trail caretaker Don Zwick, the GMC is only $100,000 away from it's goal of $1.3M for the whole project. Miles of road hiking will be replaced by new trails through amazing hardwoods stands, including newly conserved lands.
Although the groundbreaking didn't take place this fall, hopefully by this time next year Long Trail thru-hikers will be celebrating the new bridge in Bolton! You can contribute to the Long Trail here, but a gift of $250 will put your name on this project. Contact Maisie Howard, Director of Development @ 802-241-8322 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info