Construction

A brand-new shelter along the Appalachian Trail (AT) has an unusual trait in common with its predecessor. For both, AMC helicoptered in prefabricated components that were then assembled on site, at AMC’s Speck Pond Campsite in Maine’s Mahoosuc Range. Last fall, AMC staff dismantled the old Speck Pond AT shelter, which had stood for 49…

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SIGNS OF SPRING in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) come in many shapes and forms, from skiers trudging up Tuckerman Ravine in search of soft snow to migratory birds returning to the native-plants garden at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. But 4 miles north of Pinkham, at AMC’s Camp Dodge Volunteer Center, there’s a…

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This is my second year working for AMC, but I have been professionally involved with trail construction, and more importantly, volunteer team building, for six years now. Each year I get older, each year my body aches a little bit more, and every single year I become more and more amazed at how impactful a…

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Visitors to AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in New Hampshire will have a unique opportunity to see trail work up close this summer. AMC’s professional trail crew is set to construct an elevated boardwalk, featuring an accessible design to accommodate users of various physical abilities, at the Lost Pond trailhead, just…

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Or maybe you prefer a bridge over troubled water, either way you likely have one or two songs stuck in your head after reading this! The White Mountain Professional Trail Crew finished construction this fall on a 40 foot bridge on the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. With the installation of the bridge ends a 4…

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Ethan Pond Shelter is special among the shelters AMC manages in the White Mountain fleet. It is the oldest standing shelter, built in 1957 by an AMC Trail Crew. It is the only shelter built with vertical logs. It is the only shelter in a very long stretch of Appalachian Trail. It is our lowest…

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This past summer, Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) alumni Devine Malbreaux and Taine Jackson returned to the AMC fold. While working for the organization in New York, these young adults applied their leadership and decision-making skills toward supporting AMC’s mission and served as role models for the next generation of outdoor stewards. “Through the Outdoor Leadership…

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Its wilderness setting rivals some of the region’s finest backcountry, but AMC’s newest program center, under renovation now and slated to open in summer 2016 in New York’s Harriman State Park, is just 42 miles from midtown Manhattan. Since early spring, AMC’s Construction Crew has been refurbishing the site, a home to youth camps for…

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Here’s a geography challenge: Starting in Midtown Manhattan, how can you get to deep forest by public transit in less than 90 minutes? The answer: by catching a commuter train or bus to Sterling Forest State Park, which straddles the New York-New Jersey border west of the Hudson. This 22,000-acre swath of nearly pristine woodland…

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Call them eco-MacGyvers. They’re more commonly known as AMC’s Construction Crew (CC), but these innovative troubleshooters easily can be compared to the television character famous for saving the day with quick thinking and unconventional solutions. CC members have a long and storied reputation for inventive problem-solving whenever they’re handed a renovation or new-construction project at…

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