Making an Impact on a New Community

abbylongEAST BURKE- Executive Director of Kingdom Trails, Abigail Long, has been named one of Vermont Business Magazine's Rising Stars. The list of recipients is composed of 40 individuals under the age of 40, all of whom are recognized for their commitment to business growth, professionalism, and involvement in their communities.

February will mark Long's one year anniversary living in the Northeast Kingdom, and although she hasn't been here for an extended period of time, she's certainly made an impact- an accomplishment she credits in part to her welcoming community. "I was welcomed in this community with open arms," she said. "Through our amazing board members, our team, our staff, folks just inviting me over for dinner and just people coming and knocking and wanting to meet me. And our land owners! We have 92-plus land owners that make Kingdom Trails possible, and their kindness and generosity -they were just so kind to help me get to know my new place."

Long went on to discuss the importance of being an active citizen, stating that as soon as she arrived at Kingdom Trails, she knew she wanted to immerse herself into the community.

According to Long, making the list alongside 39 other devoted community members was motivating. "Being honored is wonderful. Who doesn't like to have a fancy night out? But it's really knowing that okay, you've been awarded and placed on this stage, and it's important not just to wipe your hands clean, it's important to keep it up now."

Moving forward, Long looks forward to continuing her efforts throughout Kingdom Trail's winter season, which she hopes will kick off within the next few weeks. Once hunting season ends, and the ground has a decent snow base, they'll welcome everyone from snowshoers, to nordic skiers, to fat bikers, and even walkers to come and enjoy their beautiful trails. "This will make for a really great season. Our trial manager and his crew will be out there grooming soon, and we'll just get people back outside."