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NH Trails Bring Backcountry to the Disabled

Associated Press – June 22, 2011
By Kathy McCormack

NH Trails Bring Backcountry to the Disabled Chelsea Fernandes steered her wheelchair up and down the forest trail, passing a maple grove, zigzagging over water along a narrow boardwalk, and stopping to look at a beaver-built wetland — a view she never thought she'd experience from her wheelchair. Considered unique by the U.S. Forest Service for offering the disabled unparalleled access to mountain wilderness, the 2 1/2 miles of trails at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in southern New Hampshire will open to the public Friday. "It allows me to be like everybody else, to experience nature like everybody else," said the 22-year-old, who was born with cerebral…
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