Strong storms last summer and fall caused severe damage along the Appalachian Trail in Sussex County. Fallen trees made sections of the trail impassable and flood waters overturned bridges and boardwalks. Officials at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference say there are dedicated volunteers that manage the trail, but repairs can get expensive. Environment reporter Ed Rodgers files this report from Vernon Township for NJToday.
In the 91-year history of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, officials say 2011 was the worst in terms of storm damage. Tree limbs and branches line the trail and ridge runners, volunteers who travel the trail to maintain it, often need to call in help with larger equipment to remove debris. Those who are part of the Trail Conference say they are confident that they will be able to handle any weather events that come their way in 2012.