Corridor Monitoring Program
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club is extremely fortunate to have much of the AT in Maine surrounded by 34,000 acres of National Park Service land, but caring for and protecting that land is essential.
MATC Corridor Monitors walk the Trail and the corridor boundary lines looking for timber trespass, trash dumping, illegal motor vehicle crossings, and other encroachments that threaten the condition of corridor resources and reduce the quality of the AT experience. The surveyed boundary itself must be kept clearly visible so that neighboring landowners know where it is, and the regular inspection of boundary line monuments helps to protect against a need for very expensive re-surveys that could be required if monuments are lost. Corridor monitoring offers an opportunity to get off the AT footpath and explore some incredibly beautiful areas that those who only walk the Trail never see. For those seeking something new in Trail stewardship, as well as a little excitement and a chance to satisfy an urge to explore, corridor monitoring may be just what you are looking for. At present, the sections listed below are available for monitoring.
2012 Corridor Monitoring Annual Report – PDF File - Posted 1-25-13
OPEN MATC CORRIDOR MONITORING ASSIGNMENTS
There are still some great opportunities for becoming involved in this relatively new, exciting aspect of caring for the Appalachian Trail in Maine. For information about corridor monitoring and field training sessions, visit the MATC website at www.matc.org or contact me (Dave Field) at 862-3674, email@example.com. You must participate in a field training session before an assignment will be made permanent. If you are unable to join a group session, I will make arrangements to train you on your own section.
Section 14. B Pond Road to East Branch of the Pleasant River. This roughly 4.6-mile section begins near Crawford Pond, passes over Little Boardman Mt., and skirts Mt. View Pond. The terrain varies from gentle to challenging with plenty of good views. The boundary was surveyed in 1995. Access is very good over the Jo-Mary road system from Route 11.
Section 18. White Brook Trail to Gulf Hagas Mountain. This roughly four-mile section was surveyed in 1994, but the lines are still in fairly good shape. You can drive to within a 20-minute walk of the north side, east end of the section. The boundary was surveyed in 1994.
Section 30. Doughty Pond Side Trail to Old Sturtevant Road. This is a great “starter” assignment for anyone interested in corridor monitoring. Access is excellent from the A.T. in Monson and the terrain is gentle. The section includes only 2.55 miles of boundary line.
Section 31. Old Sturtevant Road to I.P. Main Haul Road. Like Section 30, this is also a great starter assignment. Access is excellent from the A.T. in Monson and the terrain is nearly flat. The section includes only 2.72 miles of boundary line plus some Lake Hebron shoreline.
Section 34. Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to to Marble Brook. This 3.4-mile sections has boundary lines along both sides of the West Branch of the Piscataquis River, but follows relatively gentle, lowland terrain through primarily hardwood forest. It is accessible via logging roads at the southerly end. The boundary was surveyed in 1994.
Section 36. Outlet of Bald Mt. Pond to Moxie Pond at Joe’s Hole. This is an exciting, long (9 miles) assignment that crosses spectacular terrain over Moxie Bald Mt. Most of the land is in National Park Service ownership, but the section also crosses the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands Bald Mt. Pond Unit. The NPS land was surveyed in 1997, but most of the boundary has been re-cleared and re-blazed by the abutting landowner during the past couple of years.
Section 38. Summit of Pleasant Pond Mt. to Boise Cascade Road. This is a highly scenic section with great access that is less than two miles long.
Section 44. Sandy Stream to Southwest Inlet of West Carry Pond. This 3.6-mile section crosses very gentle terrain across historic “Arnold Trail” territory past scenic West Carry Pond.
Section 53. Highway 27 to the Summit of North Crocker. This is a long section (parallels five miles of the A.T.) but with excellent access and fairly easy terrain. Many of the monuments have already been documented but the corridor boundary needs clearing and re-blazing.
Section 64. Bemis Stream Trail to the Old Clearwater Brook Trail. This is a remote section, about four miles long, that requires access by foot along the Bemis Stream Trail from Maine Route 17 or the old railroad grade in Bemis Valley. The boundary was surveyed in 1989.
Section 65. Old Clearwater Brook Trail to South Arm Road. This is a rugged section up Old Blue Mt. and down into Black Brook Notch but the scenery is great. Surveyed in 1990. Much of the boundary was re-cleared and re-blazed in 2011.
Section 68. Wyman Mt. to the East B Hill Road. This is a relatively gentle section with great access that also has had all of the boundary lines cleared and re-blazed during 2011 and 2012.
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