Help Protect the Alpine Ecosystem
The joint U.S. Forest Service (USFS)/Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Alpine Stewardship Volunteer program started in 2000, sparked by the dedicated interest of a few individuals. Today the program has developed new partnerships with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and expanded its efforts to include both Franconia Ridge and the Mt. Washington summit.
The AMC, USFS, and ATC hope to increase the public's awareness of its impact on the alpine environment and educate visitors about preservation of alpine vegetation. The volunteer Alpine Stewards address topics such as the importance of staying on the trail, prevention of "summit sprawl," Leave No Trace ethics, alpine safety and low-impact trail tending. While on the trail, Stewards respond to questions or concerns of hikers and engage visitors in a friendly, educational manner.
a friendly, outgoing, professional manner, in addition to experience working
with the public in a recreational setting.
extensive hiking experience and an understanding of AMC and the White Mountain
committed to the protection of the alpine zone and the promotion of Leave No
comfort in approaching individuals to provide educational conservation and
a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification;or are willing to be certified.
provide coverage at least two weekends per year.
attend the annual training held one weekend in the spring.
Are AMC members.
Demonstrate appropriate alpine zone behavior
and Leave No Trace ethics and approach hikers to provide education on these
matters as well as ecology, Forest Service backcountry camping regulations,
and low-impact trail tending.
Provide information to visitors about safety concerns, particularly regarding weather.
Participate in AMC's Mountain Watch program by monitoring plant phenology stages and collecting data for AMC research.
Room and board on the weekends they serve
at Greenleaf hut or Joe Dodge Lodge.
uniform to use while working.
Recognition for their efforts through Stewardship Society awards, based on the number of hours contributed annually.
Discounts on AMC retail merchandise while volunteering.