Amy Kelsey is currently a Research Specialist with the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at The University of Vermont. CRS is a nonprofit research organization that offers a range of consulting services to individuals, organizations, and communities to support community development and enhance Vermont’s rural economy. Amy served as the Executive Director of the Catamount Trail Association from 2013-2018, where she collaborated with landowners, land managers, volunteers, and other partners to ensure the long-term sustainability and conservation of the Catamount Trail, Vermont’s 300+ mile backcountry ski trail. She also worked as CTA’s Trail Director from 2008-2012, and as a Planner at Addison County Regional Planning Commission in Middlebury, VT, from 2006-2008.
Amy loves exploring the natural world and sharing the outdoors and outdoor adventures with others. She has been a senior level field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, an environmental educator for the Chewonki Foundation, and an adjunct faculty member in Johnson State College’s Environmental and Health Sciences Program. She holds a BA in geography and environmental studies from Middlebury College, and an MS in community development and applied economics from the University of Vermont.
Since attending college in Vermont in the mid-’90s, Amy has been an active and appreciative trail user who has skied much of the Catamount Trail and hiked much of the Long Trail. She lives with her family near Mount Mansfield, a favorite local destination in all seasons.