Trails

The first sign that there was something amiss was on May 27th, when our caretaker staff headed to the Mahoosuc and Centennial Trails to do basic trail maintenance. As we reached the ridgelines of the southern Mahoosucs, we found a trail clogged with trees. Tree tops, whole trees, bundles of branches and trunks across the…

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It takes a lot of teamwork to build trails, that teamwork goes beyond four or five people working in the woods. For the AMC Trails Department, we call it cooperation. AMC, USFS, NHDP, MBPL, ATC, and private entities are in constant cooperation with one another when it comes to efforts to conserve our natural resources…

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Sure, trail work is inherently fun and engaging, a reward unto itself.  But if you want more reasons to participate in a volunteer trail crew, just consider all the thrilling parts that go with working on trails! Intrigued? We still have over 200 openings on our Teen Trail Crews from the Delaware Water Gap to…

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Last week I did something I’ve never done before: I clipped back the branches of a tree that a caretaker had planted, at Carlo Col campsite in Maine. Many of our AMC White Mountain Campsites have been hosting human use for a century, and Carlo itself has been in use since the 1930s, with the…

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… Well several hikes, covering 117 trails and roughly 360 miles. May 28th marked the first day of the AMC’s annual patrols where the White Mountain Trail Crew greases their boots, sharpens their axes, and grabs their rouge hoes for 3 weeks of patrolling all AMC maintained trails. The AMC maintains trails from as far…

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Training Rocks!

June 8, 2015

Week two of the three week training session for the Camp Dodge Volunteer Trail Crew Leaders began with rain, a deep chill and mud up to our ears. Well, not actually up to our ears but pretty close. Rock work presents a number of challenges. Quarrying decent rocks. Moving these rocks to the worksite and…

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“Camp Dodge is a learning facility,” Stefan Shapiro, facilities coordinator of the AMC Trails headquarters told trails staff on a tour of the Dodge grounds. The Berkshires Teen Trail Crew Leaders and Support Staff would indeed broaden their horizons at the two week training conference in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, where they worked with other…

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The busy hiking season has already kicked off on the Bay Circuit Trail with people flocking to the outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. AMC_BCT staff have been busy preparing for and leading volunteer days to perform basic maintenance tasks and deal with some erosion issues.The real kick off to the field season, though, takes…

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  As one can surmise, this line of work is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. When we pull out the collection bin for the first time, watching the expressions pass across the faces of the new caretakers is that mix of confusion, realization, and intrigue. By the end of the training day,…

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Spring has finally come after what seemed like the world’s longest, coldest, snowiest winter in Massachusetts. It was hard to believe that the busy field season was (relatively) right around the corner when there was still piles of snow up to our hips, but warm temperatures finally got rid of the last of it! Come…

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