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Kingdom Trails’ New Executive Director Abigail Long


Kingdom Trails Names Abigail Long as Executive Director

January 5, 2018, EAST BURKE, VERMONT …After beginning the search process in August with a series of community forums, today, the Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) announced the selection of Abigail Long as the new Executive Director. Currently the Executive Director of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy

Foundation, Ms. Long was one of nearly 100 applicants for the position and one of three finalists that participated in community forums organized by the Association in the month of December. Ms. Long will formeally join the KTA team in February.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Abby has accepted our offer to join the KTA team,” said Matt Langlais, President of the Board of Directors. “Abby has the necessary communication skills, leadership style, welcoming spirit, grace, energy and ‘can-do’ attitude to successfully lead the Organization.” “She brings a wealth of translatable experience and fresh perspective from her tenure with the Leadville Race Series and Legacy Foundation as well as her community work in Lake County.” “Her career commitment to service and outdoor recreation will serve KTA and the community as a whole well and we look forward to working with her.”

“It’s an honor and thrill to join such a solid staff, Board of Directors and welcoming community and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing Organization,” said Abigail Long. “I thank them for their confidence in me and look forward to making a home and career in the Burke area, committing to the future of Kingdom Trails and the communities it serves.”

A native New Englander, Ms. Long is overjoyed to be returning home, and says she’s ready to immerse herself in her new Northeast Kingdom community, and dedicate herself to the mission and vision of the Kingdom Trail Association.

She brings over nine years of administrative, fundraising, capacity building, and program design and implementation experience in the nonprofit sector to the Organization, and holds a B.A. in Public & Community Service from Providence College in Rhode Island, as well as a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Ms. Long considers herself fortunate to have lived and worked in a number of different environments, participating in service work all over the country and world. Most recently she was the Executive Director for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, a charitable trust created to aid the needs of the Leadville, Lake County, Colorado community. Ms. Long also brings to bear extensive knowledge of the ultra-running and mountain bike race industry as the past Athlete Service Manager for the Leadville Race Series, a world-renowned endurance event series. Additionally, she served as an instrumental board member of Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail system, an all-season, non-motorized trail that allows the Leadville community to preserve its mining history, highlight its scenic values, and provide recreational opportunities for all, a similar mission of the Kingdom Trail Association.

Ms. Long will be joined by her husband, Brandon Mapes, who is a Teacher for Blind & Visually Impaired students, with a passion for providing those he serves with adaptive outdoor recreation opportunities. Together they look forward to exploring all their new community has to offer.

For further information about the Executive Director search, please contact Matt Langlais at board@kingdomtrails.org . For further information about KTA, please contact Lilias Ide at lil@kingdomtrails.org or 802-626-0737.

ABOUT KINGDOM TRAILS

In 1994 Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) started as a small non-profit, grass-roots community trails project. Some local visionaries who knew enough about old logging roads, the area’s soils and topography as well as trail building sought and secured the permission of a handful of private landowners and businesses to forge ahead with their trails experiment. Through the growing support and participation of private landowners and volunteer trail crews devoting countless weekends to trail building, 50 miles of multi-use, non-motorized recreational trails were created and mapped by 2000. Today, with nearly 100 miles of trails, Kingdom Trails is considered a world-class mountain biking destination and 4-season recreational trail network that draws nearly 100,000 visitors annually and contributes nearly $10 Million to the area’s economy. The trails have also served as a sustaining mechanism to preserve and celebrate the area’s natural and working landscape, a revered part of the Northeast Kingdom’s heritage and sense of place. Unlike most other mountain bike destination trail systems, KTA exists because of community cooperation and generosity; the 88 landowners who have opened their properties and share their beautiful land as well as those visionaries and volunteers who shared their time and toil to create something that we think is very unique and special. Underlying the forest canopies and open expanses of fields and farmland of KTA’s well-traveled switch backs, berms and bridges is a spirit of gratitude. This core value transcends and guides the organization, from its Board of Directors and staff, to landowner and community stewardship, and to the servicing and support of trail members and users. For further information visit w ww.kingdomtrails.org .