Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Upper Valley Trails Alliance Inc

  • Norwich, VT
  • www.uvtrails.org

Mission Statement

UVTA advocates for the maintenance and development of trails in the region.
Through education, outreach & stewardship we:
connect people and places through a regional trail network; lead a coalition of local trail groups and advocates; promote active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons.

Main Programs

  1. Passport to Winter Fun
  2. Outdoor Odyssey - Upper Valley High School Trail Corps
Service Areas

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Vermont

Upper Connecticut River Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire

ruling year

2002

Executive Director since 2008

Self-reported

Russell Hirschler

Keywords

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trails, physical activity, children and nature

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EIN

03-0369847

 Number

3896789323

Physical Address

326 Main Street

Norwich, VT 05055

Also Known As

UVTA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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An integrated Upper Valley trail system being used by all area residents and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance as the regional leader for trail development, information, and support.
 

Develop a vibrant and accessible trails network for the Upper Valley.
Identify public trails in our service area.
Develop strong partnerships with town and local trail groups, private landowners, organizations, and maintainers to create a shared vision for an Upper Valley Trails Network by 2020.
Support town and local trail groups, private landowners, organizations, and maintainers by offering resources, such as leadership, trail-building design, advice, lending toolshed, and visibility.
Connect people to trails through education and programs.
Invest in new technologies that enhance UVTA’s ability to deliver valuable trail information including maps and trail reports.
Further engage with schools and the general public in the region to offer high quality educational programs and services that connect people with trails.
Initiate programs that educate and inform the general public about trail etiquette, signage, maintenance, and proper shared use.
Advocate for trails throughout the region.
Be the organization that is a valued key player in trail planning.
Promote the tangible value and benefits of trails with strong messages that trails are essential to the quality of Upper Valley life.
Develop a marketing and brand awareness campaign that supports the strategic vision and initiatives of UVTA.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Passport to Winter Fun

An elementary aged school program to promote physical activity in Winter

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Outdoor Odyssey - Upper Valley High School Trail Corps

To engage high school aged students from the local community in trail building and team building efforts.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Vermont

Upper Connecticut River Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire

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UPPER VALLEY TRAILS ALLIANCE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Upper Valley Trails Alliance Inc

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Executive Director

Russell Hirschler

BIO

Russell is the Executive Director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance where he is responsible for the day to day operations as well as the future vision of the organization. He was formerly the Director of Education at Save The Bay in Providence, RI. He also served as the Development Director at the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, NH and the Development Director and Program Manager at Wolftree, Inc, a science education organization in Portland, Oregon. Russell received his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Planning from Binghamton University and his Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University, New England. Russell grew up in and around New York City and has been traveling and hiking worldwide for the last 20 years. He currently lives in Lyme, NH with his wife and two children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Conrad Reining

Dartmouth College

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