At the core of FONAT you'll find volunteers.
Outdoors, volunteers run monthly trail maintenance days, build new trails and boardwalks, and organize trash clean-ups, monitor trails, lead hikes and more.
Meanwhile, indoors, we publish maps and guidebooks, administrate the website, Facebook and Twitter, apply for grants, plan projects and events, and coordinate with town staff and boards.
And we also have a lot of fun! To get involved, come to one of our work days, attend a meeting, or become a trail monitor:
Trail Work Days and Clean-up Days
North Andover Trails will participate in the town's Annual Earth Day Clean-Up! Come help pick up the trash along the roadside on Bradford St. We'll have trash bags, gloves, trash grabbers and orange vests available.
Join FONAT volunteers for boardwalk construction day. We'll be building at a low spot on the trail connecting Carter Hill and Mazurenko Farm.
Join Greenbelt and the Friends of North Andover Trails at the Leonhard Farm in North Andover to help construct a new hiking trail through a wooded area that was protected in 2016 by a conservation restriction granted to Greenbelt by the Leonhard family.
Join FONAT volunteers for boardwalk construction day. We'll be building a boardwalk on the Bay Circuit Trail near the Middleton border within Boxford State Forest. Details to be announced.
Come help us clear the Scout Trail at Mazurenko Farm Conservation Area.
Come help us clear the Locust Trail at Mazurenko Farm Conservation Area.
Come help us clear the Shawsheen River Trail.
Group Meetings and Other Events
Discussion of upcoming projects and events. New members are always encouraged to attend. We meet at Glen's office, on the 2nd floor of the Brick Store building in the Old Center.
FONAT's Trail Monitor Program
Trail monitors regularly walk assigned trails to perform minor trail maintenance, identify areas needing more substantial maintenance, remove small trash items, report large trash items and evidence of illegal activity and ensure trails are adequately marked.
If you're interested in becoming a trail monitor, contact us.
- Walk the trail periodically (minimum twice per year), preferably once in early spring and once in late summer or early fall.
- Identify turns and trail sections where blazing or signage is missing or could be improved.
- Remove any small trash along the trail.
- Move any small limbs to the side or off trail that could impede safe walking, snowshoeing, XC skiing or biking.
- Report any trail maintenance issues, e.g.,
- Downed trees or tree limbs blocking the trail;
- Overgrown trail areas;
- Wet areas or other drainage issues impacting the trail or impeding safe walking;
- Large trash items;
- Evidence of illegal activity (e.g. garbage dumping, use of motorized vehicles, etc.).
- Report any trail kiosk issues.
- Submit your assessment using our online trail report form.