Corridor Monitors Wanted

There are still some great opportunities for becoming involved in this 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, meeser3@roadrunner.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. Note: The mileages given for each section are the distances along the boundary lines on each side of the corridor that […]

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Trail Maintainers Wanted – Baldpate District

Below are the vacancies for the Baldpate District– The Baldpate District starts at Route 26 and extends northward to Route 4. It also includes the Grafton Loop Trail east of Route 26. FILLED! Sawyer Notch Road to Summit of Moody Mountain: This section is 1.4 miles long but it rises 1200 feet in that span. It is a mix of boulders and spruce fir with some patched of hardwoods. Annual clipping and blowdowns are the typical maintenance tasks. 2 visits minimum.Access is via a woods road (most Subarus can make it) and a short 1+ mile walk to the AT crossing. […]

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Trail Maintainers Wanted – Kennebec District

We have a vacancy for a trail section in the Kennebec District– The Kennebec District starts at the Long Falls Dam Road (which is north of New Portland) and continues northward to Route 15 in Monson Lake Hebron Section: This section parallels the shore of Lake Hebron on the outskirts of the historic Appalachian Trail town of Monson. This section of trail has been well taken care of by a soon to be retired, long-time maintainer and is in “move in” condition.The trail section includes 1.50 miles of white blaze from Jackson Brook Lane North to the Pleasant St. access […]

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June 16, 2020 Update on A.T. Closures and Conditions

From Appalachian Trail Conservancy Bulletin 6/16/2020 With more states relaxing stay-at-home restrictions and more sections of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) reopening, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is due for a check-in with the hiking community and wanted to provide the latest status update for the A.T. As of today, all but 5.2 miles of the A.T. have re-opened, leaving only the northernmost A.T. miles on Katahdin closed (which is expected to open July 1). In our previous email, we listed three criteria any one of which, if met, would cause the ATC to re-evaluate its guidance. We are close to meeting one […]

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Volunteer Opportunities Cancelled Summer 2020

Covid-19 (commonly referred to “coronavirus”) is a highly contagious respiratory virus has been diagnosed in all of the states along the Appalachian Trail, including Maine. Due to the high risk of spreading this illness in group settings the Maine Appalachian Trail Club has made the tough decision to discontinue the Maine Trail Crew, in 2020, to keep our staff and volunteers safe. We are concerned about the risk of spreading the virus when crew members travel together in vans, share housing, food, tools and privies. This is disappointing for MATC as an organization and for our many dedicated volunteers. Thank you for understanding. Please consider volunteering […]

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President’s Report

President’s ReportMaine Appalachian Trail ClubMay 5, 2020 Introduction The MATC Annual Meeting at Bates College was cancelled when Bates cancelled all events with outside organizations in March.  In the absence of that annual meeting, I thought I would present my remarks in this issue of the MaineTainer. Annual Meeting Business The items normally voted on at the annual meeting are being addressed by the Executive Committee. In the absence of having an Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee approved a revised budget on May 1st, reflecting as many changes as we can anticipate for the coming year. We will move forward with […]

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Support MATC with Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile Program Did you know we are part of the AmazonSmile Program? To support us there, visit this page and select “Maine Appalachian Trail Club Inc” as the charitable organization. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

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Maine Trail Crew Closure for 2020

Covid-19 (commonly referred to “coronavirus”) is a highly contagious respiratory virus has been diagnosed in all of the states along the Appalachian Trail, including Maine. Due to the high risk of spreading this illness in group settings the Maine Appalachian Trail Club has made the tough decision to discontinue the Maine Trail Crew, in 2020, to keep our staff and volunteers safe. We are concerned about the risk of spreading the virus when crew members travel together in vans, share housing, food, tools and privies. This is disappointing for MATC as an organization and for our many dedicated volunteers. Thank you for understanding. Please consider […]

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