While some crew members are beginning to think about packing their bags to head back to college or their winter seasonal jobs, others are looking forward to the fall trail season. It’s time to find those warmer sleeping bags, and unpack the long underwear stored away at the end of last winter. The New England fall season provides cool, crisp, days, cold nights, and picturesque foliage to remind us why we are so lucky to spend the time we do in these beautiful mountains!
The Roving Conservation Crew (RCC) has had a busy summer working in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine; I’d like to take some time to tell you all about the work they have completed this season.
The RCC spent the first three weeks of the season constructing a trail reroute on the Appalachian Trail (AT) climbing Mt. Prospect in North Adams, MA. The crew created a switchback to avoid a steep, badly eroded section of the original trail. The RCC moved many rocks on this section to create a few staircases, and harden a long portion of the tread to provide the users of the trail with a more enjoyable, much more sustainable route up Mt. Prospect. If you find yourself in the area, do yourself a favor and climb Mt. Prospect, the views of the valley below are fantastic.
After the work on the AT in Massachusetts was complete, the crew began constructing a new section of trail on the Great Circle Trail in the Nahmakanta Public Lands Unit, way up in T1 R11 WELS Maine. The 2.8 mile trail begins at Wadleigh Pond, and climbs to the summit of Wadleigh Mountain, where the hikers will find a fire tower constructed in the 1920’s. Climbing the fire tower will give you a view of Mt. Kahtadin and the beautiful Maine wilderness. The RCC cleared the trail corridor through dense brush, cut tread, side hilled, and built a series of native bridges and mini-boardwalks along this section of trail.
The RCC took a break from their work on the Nahmakanta Public Land to build a new Campsite on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail in East Haddam CT. This was a nice opportunity to take a break from the traditional trail work they do all summer and test out their carpentry skills. The campsite itself is found on Chapman pond, a small body of water that feeds into the Connecticut River. We were fortunate enough to have access to a boat and captain, provided by The Nature Conservancy, to bring all of our building materials, tools, and camping supplies to the project site. The RCC spent this stint in the woods constructing two tent platforms, and a moldering privy on the site that overlooks the old button factory that once sat on Chapman pond (only a foundation remains today). This is the third campsite the RCC has constructed on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail, the other two can be found in Montague, and Whatley, Massachusetts.
This week the RCC is continuing their work on the Great Circle Trail in the Nahmakanta Public lands, after that they will wrap up the summer season working on the coast of Massachusetts cutting out a trail corridor and building bog bridges for Mass. Audubon at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. As always this season has flown by, we are looking forward to finishing the season strong, and on to Fall Crew!
See you on the trails!
Kristofor L. Kebler
Trails Contract Supervisor