Winter Outdoor Recreation Speaker Series: Over the Mountain the Trails that Connect Us

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 6:00pm

With just a mountain range separating us the Squam Lakes Association and Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association share a common vision of connecting folks to the outdoors by creating & maintaining trails. Join us for the final presentation of the Winter Outdoor Recreation Speaker series. Regardless of which side of the mountain you find yourself there is something grand to explore. If you have enjoyed hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and skiing in Waterville Valley or the Squam Lakes Watershed then there is a high probability that you were on a SLA, WVAIA, or USFS maintained trail. A trail is much more than what meets the eye! Learn what goes into creating & maintaining trails, about new trails, and how you can become a trail steward. Hear from John Marunowski, Volunteer and Partner Coordinator/Recreation Specialist for Trails and Wilderness at the Forest Service and Katri Gurney, Director of Trails and Access at the Squam Lakes Association. John will discuss the WMNF's multiple use management directives, the pressures on recreation resources, the current programs they have in place, and about their partners and volunteers. From Katri learn about the SLA trail network, recent trail building projects, impact of trails on ecosystems, trail maintenance 101, and SLA volunteer trail opportunities.

This is a free event brought to you by Squam Lakes Association and Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association.

Presentations will be held via Zoom.

Advance registration is required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


About the Speakers:

Katri (she/her/hers) is the Director of Trails and Access at the SLA, where she has worked since 2016. Katri grew up in Arlington, Virginia and spent two weeks every summer enjoying the beauty of the Squam region with her family. She holds a BA in Government from Colby College. Prior to coming to SLA she worked in Washington DC, holding positions at Habitat for Humanity International and the Atlas Project. She began her time at SLA as a Squam Conservation Intern and managed the internship program the following year. She created the foundation for the Lakes Region Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program and managed the first year of the LRCC program. Her enthusiasm for hiking and trail running led her to pursue trailwork trainings and work closely with her predecessor, Brett Durham. In 2018 she settled into her position as Director of Trails and Access. She also serves on the Thornton Conservation Commission and the Pemigewasset River Local Advisory Committee. 


John graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor in Natural Resources with a focus on Parks and Recreation Management. He started his public land management career as a backcountry ranger volunteer in Olympic National Park. He has worked in several National parks and National Forest across the western US serving in various roles from law enforcement park ranger to recreation technician and fire prevention technician. John has worked on the WMNF now for 17 years both as a Wilderness Manager and Recreation Specialist serving on the Pemigewasset Ranger District.  He is currently acting as the forest Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator.