The Friends of the Wissahickon have been awarded a grant of $10,000 from REI to support the Sustainable Trails Initiative, FOW’s multi-year project to make the 50 miles of National Recreation Trails in Wissahickon Valley Park a physically and socially sustainable system that works for all park users.

“REI Conshohocken is thrilled to help support stewardship of the Wissahickon’s trails,” said Charles Kline, REI outreach coordinator.

For 13 years, REI Conshohocken has joined FOW on workdays in the Wissahickon, part of Fairmount Park, supporting projects such as clearing trails and removing invasive plants. Community volunteers from FOW and REI will have the opportunity to help restore 3.3 miles of natural surface (dirt) trails within Wissahickon Valley Park between Bell’s Mill Road and Northwestern Avenue.

These trails are widely used by the public for outdoor recreation and also serve as the outdoor classroom for the Wissahickon Environmental Center environmental education programming.

REI was founded in 1938 as a consumer cooperative to purchase high-quality outdoor equipment for its members. During the past six decades, REI has grown into a renowned supplier of specialty outdoor gear and clothing. Today, it is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative with more than 2.8 million members. At REI, fostering a stewardship ethic among local community members is core priority.


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