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Students spend summer cleaning N.H. forest trails

It’s been a busy summer for a group of Haverhill high school students, who repaired and maintained some forest trails.

For the second consecutive year, the Woodsville High School students partnered with the Appalachian Mountain Club to work on the trails.

The Caledonian Record reported that during three weeks in July, a crew of students in their sophomore through senior years worked on the Kinsman Ridge Trail going up to Cannon Mountain in Franconia.

In early August, they worked for eight days on the Black Mountain Trail in Haverhill, clearing brush and rocks and making rock staircases. Last year, they did work on the Reel Brook Trail in Easton, in the White Mountain National Forest.

The program gives students the chance to make minimum wage and receive a half-credit toward their overall high school credits. It’s done through the summer youth program of New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates program, a nonprofit that promotes leadership skills.

“It’s tough work,” said school youth specialist Kim Spaulding. “But it benefits the kids and gets them ready for the real world.”

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