The money was given to The Smokies Trails Forever program, an initiative by the Friends of the Smokies. The funds will help a volunteer and professional crew work on the parkâ€™s Forney Ridge Trail by Clingmans Dome.
During the past few years, REI has funded trail reconstruction along Forney Ridge and Chimney Tops Trails, as well as provided an equipment trailer to help with tool and equipment
The Trails Forever program is in its fifth year of operation. Volunteers work one-on-one with experienced trail building staff to re-construct trails using sustainable materials to preserve the trail and protect the resources around the trail corridor. www.friendsofthesmokies.org or 828.452.0720.