Adopt a Trail

Adopt-a-Trail

AMC’s Adopt-A-Trail program enables volunteers to become a steward of a section of trail and perform annual basic maintenance.

AMC’s Trail Adopters contribute thousands of hours to trails each year. Trail Adopters fill a critical role by performing annual basic maintenance on their adopted section of trail. Basic maintenance can include cleaning and shaping drainage structures, trimming back encroaching vegetation, removing fallen trees, and improving way-finding through blazes and cairns. Depending on the trail section adopted, the requirements may include one or two days of training, a minimum of two work trips per year, using hand tools, painting blazes on trees, building cairns and scree walls, and submitting timely work reports after each trip. The reports submitted after each work trip assist in trail project planning by communicating trail needs and issues to AMC’s trails department.

How It Works

AMC’s Adopt-A-Trail program enables volunteers to become a steward of a section of trail and perform basic maintenance on that trail.  Depending on the trail section, the requirements may include one or two days of training, a minimum of two work trips per year, using hand tools, painting blazes on trees, building cairns and scree walls, and submitting timely work reports after each trip.

 

How To Apply

Applications are accepted year-round, but training dates are announced in early spring and held in late spring and summer. When you register for training, you’ll indicate your trail preferences from the most up-to-date list of available trail sections. After attending training, you’ll be assigned to one of your top trail choices. Adopting a trail is an annual commitment—you’ll be asked to renew at the start of each year and attend a refresher training every three years.

Contact Amanda Peterson for more information about our training offerings at (603) 466-8128 or apeterson@outdoors.org.

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