Adopt-a-Trail

 

AMC's Adopt-a-Trail Program

AMC's Adopt-A-Trail program enables volunteers to take ownership on a section of specific trail and oversee basic maintenance of that trail. The prospective Adopter chooses from a list of open (orphaned) trails and plans at least three work trips per year to check on its condition, clear drainage areas, lop the corridor, and dig into small projects as well as reporting on larger issues in need of addressing by a trail crew. Taking on the stewardship of a trail is a privilege, and it is important that the adopter take the responsibilities of maintaining the trail seriously. As an individual, the volunteer can work on the trail when it suits their schedule and may bring friends and family along for the experience too. There is a minimum two-year commitment.

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Apply to the Adopt-a-Trail Program by filling out and submitting an application.


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Adopt-A-Trail New Hampshire

AMC's Trail Adopters in the White Mountains have successfully contributed thousands of hours to trails over the years. They have filled a key role in communicating trail needs to AMC's trails department as well as consistently providing maintenance on their beloved trail. Taking on the stewardship of a trail is a privilege and an honor, and NH adopters take the responsibilities of maintaining the trail seriously. Remember, if you see a major problem with your trail, first contact your Region Leader then the AMC Trails Department. Major construction projects are performed by AMC, State, and U.S. Forest Service trail crews.

How to Adopt a Trail

  • Apply Online

  • Choose a Trail from Open Trails

  • Sign and submit the Adopter Agreement, which will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program

  • Attend a one-day, AMC Trails Maintenance Skills Session prior to working on your trail. (Free of charge to new Adopters;Basic and/or Alpine Skills Session, depending upon the location of the individual trail.) In a skills session you will learn how to:

    • Clean out existing drainage structures (waterbars, ditches, and dips).

    • Cut brush.

    • Paint blazes where appropriate.

    • Repair or build screewalls and cairns above treeline.

  • Perform these necessary tasks a minimum of three times a year, depending upon the needs of the trail.
    • Submit a written work report to your the Region Leader after each work trip to your trail.

    • Work closely with your Region Leader and maintain open lines of communication.

    • Adhere to standards set forth in the Adopter Handbook .

    • Perform all work to protect the environment, natural resources, and the recreational experience of hikers.

    • Act in the spirit of partnership and as an AMC ambassador to the hiking public.

Adopter Forms

Download the Trail Adopter Work Report

Download the Trail Adopter Handbook

Download the Region Condition Report

Contact Us

Brendan Taylor
North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor
P.O. Box 298 361 Rte 16 Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603)466-8128

Adopt-A-Trail Maine

Whether in the back country or front country, kids or adults, your group leaders or chaperones, are responsible for the supervision of the group and/or time management. AMC staff is responsible only for the trail project coordination, teaching of trail work skills, and maintaining safety at the project site. For an extra fee, AMC Custom Crew leaders can facilitate evening learning and guide the group through the process of setting up an efficient back country camp, multiple ways of creating a bear hang for food storage, best practices in a backcountry kitchen, various games and much more. Group Leaders and chaperones are responsible for any disciplinary issues that may arise including cognizance of quiet hours and respectfulness of AMC rules.

How to Adopt a Trail

  • Apply Online

  • Choose a Trail from Open Trails

  • Sign and submit the Adopter Agreement, which will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program

  • Attend a one-day, AMC Trails Maintenance Skills Session prior to working on your trail. (Free of charge to new Adopters;Basic and/or Alpine Skills Session, depending upon the location of the individual trail.) In a skills session you will learn how to:

    • Clean out existing drainage structures (waterbars, ditches, and dips).

    • Cut brush.

    • Paint blazes where appropriate.

    • Repair or build screewalls and cairns above treeline.

  • Perform these necessary tasks a minimum of three times a year, depending upon the needs of the trail.
    • Submit a written work report to your the Region Leader after each work trip to your trail.

    • Work closely with your Region Leader and maintain open lines of communication.

    • Adhere to standards set forth in the Adopter Handbook .

    • Perform all work to protect the environment, natural resources, and the recreational experience of hikers.

    • Act in the spirit of partnership and as an AMC ambassador to the hiking public.

Adopter Forms

Download the Trail Adopter Work Report

Download the Trail Adopter Handbook

Download the Region Condition Report

Contact Us

Brendan Taylor
North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor
P.O. Box 298 361 Rte 16 Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603)466-8128

Adopt-A-Trail New Jersey

AMC's Trail Adopters in New Jersey maintain a number of trails in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Adopters fill a key role in communicating trail needs to AMC's trails department as well as consistently providing maintenance on their beloved trail. Taking on the stewardship of a trail is a privilege and an honor, and NJ adopters take the responsibilities of maintaining the trail seriously.Remember, if you see a major problem with your trail, first contact your Region Leader then the AMC Trails Department. Major construction projects are performed by AMC and National Park Service trail crews.

How to Adopt a Trail

  • Apply Online

  • Choose a Trail from Open Trails

  • Sign and submit the Adopter Agreement, which will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program

  • Attend a one-day, AMC Trails Maintenance Skills Session prior to working on your trail. (Free of charge to new Adopters;Basic and/or Alpine Skills Session, depending upon the location of the individual trail.) In a skills session you will learn how to:

    • Clean out existing drainage structures (waterbars, ditches, and dips).

    • Cut brush.

    • Paint blazes where appropriate.

    • Repair or build screewalls and cairns above treeline.

  • Perform these necessary tasks a minimum of three times a year, depending upon the needs of the trail.
    • Submit a written work report to your the Region Leader after each work trip to your trail.

    • Work closely with your Region Leader and maintain open lines of communication.

    • Adhere to standards set forth in the Adopter Handbook .

    • Perform all work to protect the environment, natural resources, and the recreational experience of hikers.

    • Act in the spirit of partnership and as an AMC ambassador to the hiking public.

Adopter Forms

Download the Trail Adopter Work Report

Download the Trail Adopter Handbook

Download the Region Condition Report

Contact Us

Jonathan Martin
NY/NJ Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor
AMC Mohican Outdoor Center
50 Camp Mohican Road Blairstown, NJ 07825
Phone: 908-362-5670

Please contact the Programs Administrative Supervisor to discuss further details and once the project is finalized, we will send you a packet that contains information to help you be fully prepared for your trails project. The registration packet will also contain forms that each participant must complete and return before the start of the crew. It works best to have them returned to the Group Leader(s) and then submitted to the AMC all at once. Confirmation of your project will be emailed upon receipt of all paperwork.

Alison Violette

Trails Volunteer Programs Administrative Supervisor

P.O. Box 298 Gorham, NH 03581

Phone:(603) 466-8156 Fax: (603) 466-2822