You, a group of friends, or the ADK chapter you belong to can become a Trail Steward or Lean-to Adopter.
Being a Trail Steward involves visiting your adopted section of the Northville Placid Trail twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall, to side-cut brush; remove blow-down, remove debris and leaves from drainage ditches and assess and report back on any major problem areas. You are not expected to build bridges, remove large trees from the trail or deal with major wet sections of trail. These items should be reported to the ADK Trails Committee. ADK provides trail maintenance training for free.
Adopting a lean-to involves visiting your lean-to at least twice a season to perform basic maintenance and clean-up duties, maintain registers, and note if major repairs are needed. Many adopters also assist DEC staff in completing more intensive projects such as roof replacement, privy relocation, and structural work.
More information can be found on the ADK website including contact information if you are interested in becoming a trail steward or lean-to adopter.