Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #359 – Oct 6, 2016



For volunteers to perform well, they need to have a sense of responsibility. Too often government agencies have seen volunteers as inexpensive, unskilled laborers, not as a tremendous resource waiting to be tapped. Under utilized volunteers rarely develop a solid sense of stewardship or participation.

On the Appalachian Trail, where the clubs are clearly in the hot seat of responsibility, there is a remarkable level of commitment and resolve to do well. Public land managers must be willing to have faith in volunteer organizations with good track records. In some cases specific legislation will be necessary to give volunteer groups significant responsibility.

—LAWRENCE VAN METER, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, in President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors, Report and Recommendations to the President of the United States, 1986

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