Welcome to FNTG

Welcome to the Friends of Northampton (MA) Trails and Greenways, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton,

E-mail us: fntg@fntg.net

FNTG Annual Meeting – Oct 23


FNTG Photo Contest Winners

Early this summer we were approached by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, who were looking for some dramatic fall foliage pictures of our rail-trail network here in the CT River Valley.  After searching our database, we realized that we didn’t have a good inventory of fall photos, so we decided to hold a quick and easy photo contest.  Robert Bissell of Northampton is the 1st-place winner and will get a $100 gift certificate from the Northampton Chamber of Commerce.  Christopher Rodriguez of Florence is the 2nd-place winner and will get a $50 certificate.  Robert’s photo will be a part of this fall’s Rails-to-Trails national magazine! Thanks to all who participated.


Robert Bissell photo











Robert Bissell photo



Christopher Rodriguez photo





















Christopher Rodriguez photo


FNTG Hires Field Organizer



Kris Badertscher of Northampton has been named to the new position of Field Organizer for the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways (FNTG). In her new role with the organization Kris provides administrative support to the officers including member management and recruitment, communications development, and fundraising. In addition, she is responsible for marketing activities and event planning that will further the mission of FNTG.

Badertscher holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has completed post graduate work in both urban planning and architecture. Kris recently assisted the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission with the development of the new Valley Bike Share initiative and is active in the Easthampton City Arts projects.

Fall Foliage Trail Photo Contest

2017 FNTG photo contest layout

FNTG Hiring Part-Time Field Organizer

FNTG Field Organizer

The Friends of the Northampton Trails and Greenways (FNTG) is seeking a Field Organizer to provide support to the officers and members of the organization. FNTG is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton, Massachusetts. ​ Further information about FNTG can be found at fntg.net.


  • Provides oversight of FNTG’s online presence (Facebook, website, and listserv) by uploading fresh content, managing subscriptions, and spreading the word.
  • Maintains and grows the FNTG membership by managing the annual Appeal Letter process, “tabling” at public events, and attending to both new and expired memberships.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with like-minded organizations in the region including representatives of city governments, other rail trail organizations, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
  • Coordinates FNTG’s presence at rail trail events and public hearings and recruits FNTG members to participate in such meetings.
  • Attends meetings  of FNTG Officers (bi-monthly)​​ and Members (once or twice a year) and maintains minutes of ​these ​meetings.



  • Strong computer skills including use of spreadsheets, blogs, and content management systems
  • Experience with supporting the social media tools of an established organization
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills

This is a non-benefited, contractual position at approximately 10 hours per week at $17/hr. and receives supervision and direction from the President of the FNTG.

​To apply: Send resume and cover letter to geokohout@gmail.com or ​               ​
to FNTG, P.O.  Box 60643, Florence, MA 01060-0643​

Deadline: June 19, 2017​

FNTG Spring 2017 Newsletter

FNTG has a new issue of our newsletter available, covering news of the railroad tunnel construction, a presentation on Valley Bike Share, updates from the Mill River Greenway Initiative, and a good deal more.  To view or download the newsletter, please click on the image below.


BikPath Tunnel-2 Mar 2017

Valley Gives on May 2

Valley Gives is coming,

Tuesday May 2

Join the fun next Tuesday


If you will be away on May 2, donate today.

Donations made in advance of Valley Gives Day will be accepted starting April 25 at noon. These donations will be processed on the morning of May 2.

To donate online, simply use the secure Valley Gives form below. Of course, donations can always be made at any time by sending a check to the address at the right of the page.

Trail Neighbor Award – Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for FNTG’s 2017 Trail Neighbor award.  Each year, the Trail Neighbor Award is presented to an individual or group who has contributed significantly to the local trail network.  This can involve work to sustain the existing trails, help in growing the network, or promotion of trail use.

If you know of a person, multiple people, or an organization that has done trail-related work deserving of recognition, you can send a nomination to fntg@fntg.net.  Nominations should be sent by Friday, May 5.

Please include the name(s) of the group or individual(s), as well as a description of the activities on behalf of the trails.

Past winners include the residents of Six–Eight High Street in Florence, Craig and Kathy Della Penna, the City of Northampton Department of Public Works, Smith College, Jane Sommer, Julia Riseman, James Lowenthal, Gaby Immerman, John Sinton, and Caleb and Emily Langer.

Members’ Meeting and Presentation March 27

FNTG will be holding a members’ meeting and public presentation this month at the Florence Civic Center.

The event will take place Monday, March 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
After an FNTG business meeting, Wayne Feiden, Northampton Director of Planning and Sustainability, will give a presentation on the Valley Bike Share program and Other Trail and Greenways Updates.

Light refreshments will be served.

Public Hearing on Plans for Roundabout

Public Hearing Concerning Plans for a
North King/Hatfield Roundabout

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Hearing Room — Northampton City Hall  
210 Main Street, Northampton, MA


From Wayne Feiden, Northampton Director of Planning and Sustainability:

Please come to support improving traffic safety and movement, creating a place where ALL modes of transportation are embraced.
The City is designing, and we expect the Commonwealth to build, a roundabout (small traffic circle) at the intersection of North King Street and Hatfield, just south of the River Valley Market.  The roundabout is similar to the one at Pleasant/Conz and Main/Bridge Road/Look Park.  Roundabouts create extremely efficient and safe vehicle and pedestrian movements, making it friendlier for all modes of transportation and reducing crashes.
The project will also extend the North King Street sidewalks from Big Y to River Valley Food Coop the Hatfield Road sidewalks from Cooke Avenue to North King Street.
This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard.