Catty man honored for volunteer work on Appalachian Trail
Richard Snyder, a Catasauqua resident and member of the Allentown Hiking Club, has been recognized by the National Park Service (NPS) with a Golden Service Award for his 50 years of volunteer work on the Appalachian Trail.
The award was announced by Wendy Janssen, NPS superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s biennial meeting in Maine last month.
Janssen noted Snyder is only the 41st recipient of this award.
As a member of the Allentown Hiking Club, Snyder has served as a hike leader and has volunteered for the club’s trail work trips.
In 1973, he organized the work parties that replaced the Allentown shelter’s wire bunks, volunteered with the crews that refurbished the Outerbridge shelter in 1978 and helped construct the new Allentown shelter in 1997.
Snyder is a section trail maintainer, a position he has held for more than 30 years. In addition, he served as Allentown Hiking Club president, 1973-75. He was named an honorary member of the Allentown Hiking Club in 1992 and was selected in 2000 for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 75th anniversary volunteer honor roll.
According to Allentown Hiking Club President Lucy Cantwell, “Dick represents the type of individual who makes a local Appalachian Trail maintaining club effective and is the backbone type of volunteer.”
The Allentown Hiking Club, organized in 1931, offers hikes open to the public and maintains 10.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail, two trail shelters and a designated camp site. Monthly meetings are held 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown.
The Appalachian Trail, a unit of the National Park Service, is a 2,185-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. In eastern Pennsylvania, the trail follows the crest of Blue Mountain from Delaware Water Gap to Port Clinton.