April for the Appalachian Mountain Club means dusting off our boots, rolling up our sleeves, and hitting the trails for some much-needed spring cleaning. AMC volunteers have been eagerly awaiting the warmer temperatures of April to begin yearly projects on the New England Trail. Major springtime projects include removing debris, repainting blazes, and repairing bridges in order to make the NET more accessible to visitors.
Our veteran trail adopters are already on the trail clearing blowdowns and assessing trail needs for the upcoming months. In addition to routine maintenance, this past month volunteer Bill Finn and his team installed a bench and trail journal along the NET! To visit this beautiful overlook, plan a visit to the Mt. Tom State Reservation in Easthampton, MA.
If you are interested in volunteering with AMC this year, we will be hosting monthly trail work parties along various sections of the New England Trail. Whether you’re new to trail maintenance or have been working on trails for decades, our trail work days are open to all levels of experience and ability. AMC staff and trail adopters have identified larger trail needs and will be present to lead the maintenance and cleanup efforts. Below is a list of scheduled work days and locations. Remember that volunteering on the trail will earn you double points towards completing the Hike50 Challenge!
Upcoming Trail Work Parties:
These photos show a bench and trail log installed along the NET at Mt. Tom State Reservation in Easthampton MA on Saturday, March 24th by Trail Adopter Bill Finn, and his team of volunteers.
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s volunteer program aims to engage a broad audience of youth and adults in trail work efforts. Our volunteers are the principal stewards of the NET in Massachusetts, leading the charge to manage, protect, restore, and care for this New England Treasure. Through managing the trails, these volunteers have demonstrated the importance of protecting the trail as a human footpath and as a wildlife corridor. In the words of Trail Adopter Bill Finn, “By maintaining and enhancing these trails, others, as I have, will learn from the land and come to realize the importance of protecting it.”
Last year, AMC welcomed 300 volunteers who contributed over 2,500 hours towards protecting the New England Trail.