My fellow BPLers -
I justed wanted to give a heads up to everyone who is looking to put their charity dollars to effective use: The Student Conservation Association, now in its 53rd season of placing high school and college-age students "in hands-on conservation opportunities" will receive three dollars in matching funds for every dollar raised through the end of May.
SCA volunteers spend their summers performing a variety of projects, many of them involving trail restoration that serves us hikers and backpackers well.
I know many alumni who attest to the profound change a summer spent as a member of a SCA trail crew made in their lives, my sister among them. I've come across several crews during backpacking trips, working hard to repair trails and foot bridges.
And who can't get behind that? We want young people to experience nature, and for many, this is their first opportunity.