ANDOVER — The Mahoosuc Land Trust, with the assistance of the Whitecap Stewardship Committee, is hosting a trail workday on Rumford Whitecap on Saturday, June 4.

Development Associate Jolan Ippolito said the workday is one of more than 2,400 national events that are part of National Trails Day, organized by the American Hiking Society.

According to the American Hiking Society’s website, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday in June and is the the country’s largest celebration of trails. The day “evolved during the late ’80s and ’90s from a popular ethos among trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies who wanted to unlock the vast potential in America’s National Trails System.”

“In a land trust, you have to take care of the lands you own or take care of, and the Whitecap Stewardship Committee is the main arm that oversees the Whitecap property,” Ippolito said. “We first purchased the Whitecap land in 2007, and because of the size of the property, it has its own stewardship committee.”

The committee has held a trail workday in conjunction with National Trails Day since 2010.

“Trail work is always ongoing,” she said. “The Whitecap Stewardship Committee is out there several times a year. I know that Dirigo High School students sometimes help out as part of their community service.”

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Ippolito said that those interested in participating should meet at 9 a.m. in the parking area on East Andover Road in Rumford, and wear appropriate work clothing and footwear.

“Volunteers should also bring bug and sun protection, plenty of water, snacks, lunch and light tools, such as rakes, clippers, loppers, shovels, and work gloves,” Ippolito said.

Refreshments will be served around 3 p.m.

For more information, call the Mahoosuc Land Trust at 824-3806.

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