Announcing the New NPT Stewardship Patch Program!


By Bill Celentano – NPT Stewardship Chair

We at the NPT Chapter are pleased to announce the new NPT stewardship patch program. The sheer length of the NPT, at roughly 135 miles give or take with reroutes, is a logistical nightmare to maintain. Although there are trail stewards who volunteer to help maintain the trail and are each assigned their own sections, it is nearly impossible to keep up with.

The NPT Chapter has identified this problem and assigned me as Chapter Chair to try to help with this daunting task. Along with the Outings Chair, we coordinate Stewardship hikes twice a year along the trail. Each outing will be along a different section of the trail and will usually be either a two- or three-day hike, depending on the remoteness of the section being worked on. During these stewardship hikes, we do basic trail maintenance and clean up. We also try to mix in some fun with a barbecue after the outing to say thank you for the help.

I then started thinking what else can we do to encourage people to come out and give back to the trail we all love so much. A PATCH! Everyone likes earning patches! This is when the idea of the NPT Stewardship patch came about. Join us on three Stewardship hikes and you earn the patch. Come on five Stewardship hikes to earn a five-time rocker patch. There is even a 10-time rocker you can earn.

The patch program and form needed to request your patch will be on our website soon. We have a stewardship hike coming up from Long Lake to Shattuck Clearing in October. This would be a good opportunity to start earning your patch. For more details on the upcoming Stewardship hike click here  or email me directly at

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UPDATED: NEW Maps showing the Completed Gifford Valley Rd Re-Route Opening Sept 16, 2015

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Bill, our stewardship chair just got these updated maps from the DEC. The second map shows the re-route of the road walk from the Arch in Northville to the new trail head on Gifford Valley Rd. The new road walk will be 3.5 miles instead of the original roughly 12 miles and keeps hikers off the busy Route 30.

Opening of this section of trail is tentatively scheduled for September 16th. While the trail will be open the much needed bridge over Stoney Creek has not been built and no date is set for construction is known. A roughly 90 ft ford of the river will be necessary to follow this route which during high water seasons may not be passable.

We will update when more details become available.

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NPT Fall Stewardship Outing: Long Lake to Shattuck Clearing

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The Northville Placid Trail Chapter would love your participation in our Fall Stewardship Outing October 16-18! With over 130 miles of trail to maintain, we need all the volunteers we can get. This weekend promises to be full of hard work, fun, camaraderie, and an opportunity to give back to the trail we love so much.

Below is a tentative schedule and job descriptions:

Friday – Optional – hike in to the Catlin Bay lean-to area on your own and meet up with early arrivals in the tenting area. Bring your own food items to grill or camp food and drinks.

Saturday – There will be two trail head departure times (one very early and one a little later). Hike into base camp at Catlin Bay with your group leader and depart to your work area after a brief orientation and camp set-up. We will work in our assigned areas with planned boat shuttles and hikes back into base camp around 5 pm. Enjoy an evening in camp with your fellow participants. Kevin’s famous Dutch oven desserts provided!

Sunday – After some work at the Hidden Cove and Catlin Bay lean-tos we will work as a group pruning the 1.1 miles of trail from Catlin Bay back to the trail head. Today will be a morning activity. Upon reaching the trail head we will carpool to a nearby camp for a chapter sponsored barbecue. Wrap up the weekend with some food and social time before heading home!

Base camp area helpers – This requires up to three miles of hiking per day (with some tasks requiring less hiking), carrying a tool and all personal gear. Work includes pruning from Hidden Cove back to camp and then back to the trail head on the last day, lean-to cleanup, minor trash hauling, and assistance at base camp. Anyone coming to the later Saturday trail head departure time will default to this group. (Felicia/Bill)

Kelley’s to Plumley’s trail work – This group will be shuttled to Kelley’s Point lean-tos in the first shuttle where they will do trail maintenance including pruning, minor hand sawing, and clearing. Assistance with trash pickup at lean-tos is also a possibility. This requires the ability to carry a tool and a second tool or a trash bag. It also requires approximately 3-4 miles of hiking with a day pack in addition to the 1.1 mile of hiking in to and out of base camp with your full gear. (Steve)

Shattuck Clearing to Plumley’s trail work – Only hikers who can hike at a 2 mile per hour pace over approximately 8.5 miles should sign up for this work group. After a boat shuttle to Plumley’s, this group will hike with tools and day packs to Shattuck Clearing where it will work back to Plumley’s for the last boat shuttle of the day, and it may split into two groups. Work includes pruning, minor hand sawing, clearing, and possible trash pick-up at lean-tos. (Diana/Bill)

Chainsaw Crew –  This job requires very specific duties and hikers who can cover a lot of mileage. Only the certified crew member can operate the chainsaw. The crew needs 3 other people: a mule and two sweeps. The mule will carry the chainsaw, gasoline, and related tools on a modified backpack over the course of approximately 6.5 miles. The sweeps will follow behind the chainsaw operator clearing what has been cut. (They will repeat this on the hike out on Sunday.) Good characteristics for this crew are a serious attitude about safety, good strength and stamina with the ability to lift heavy objects repeatedly, and the ability to take direction well. (Will/Kevin)

Participants must have all their own backpacking gear, a pair of work gloves, and meals for the duration of the trip. We will provide dessert Saturday night and a barbecue at the end of the activity on Sunday at lunchtime. If you have any of the following, these are the most needed tools – pruners, hand saws, shovel, rake. When signing up please indicate if you will be Saturday only or overnight.

All participants must sign up in advance to participate.

To sign up please list your first and second choice group and e-mail Stewardship Chair Bill Celentano at by October 5.

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Welcome to the NPT Online

Welcome to the all new Northville Placid Trail website!

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We’re in the process of making changes to make this website a valuable and useful resource to anyone with an interest in exploring the NPT.

We invite you to join us on the adventure.

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about the NPT chapter, the Website, and the trail itself.

So, please, feel free to leave a comment and tell us how we’re doing.

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