Welcome to the Maine Appalachian Trail Club
where volunteers and trail enthusiasts maintain and manage
267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
A mission we’ve been carrying out since 1935.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Update on the Covid-19 Emergency
March 30, 2020
Effective immediately, the National Park Service is closing all overnight shelters (56 total) and privies (75 total) on land administered by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office in the states of VA (11 shelters, 12 privies), MD (1 shelter, 2 privies), PA (8 shelters, 6 privies), NJ (1 shelter, 1 privy), NY (5 shelters, 5 privies), CT (7 shelters, 16 privies), MA (1 shelter, 4 privies), and ME (22 shelters, 29 privies). These closures are consistent with and in concurrence of our state and non-profit partners. These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and local communities. These closures will be in effect until further notice. FMI Link
March 25, 2020
Sandi Marra, President of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued this STATEMENT on March 23, 2020. Conversations we are having with Appalachian Trail partners and managers indicate that we will likely see more National Park and State Park closures. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service have issued direction for all volunteers to stop work on the Trail. In addition, with the stay at home orders in some states, volunteers in these states should not be leaving their homes for non-essential travel. I know it is hard to accept, but trailwork is not essential.
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 with the Maine Trail Crew in 2021.
Because the Covid-19 virus has arrived in Maine, Governor Mills
has declared a civil emergency that limits the number of people who can gather for an event.
In the interest of protecting the health of all of us,
it is with great disappointment that I am cancelling the Annual meeting
of the Club scheduled for April 18.
Have safe season on the Appalachian Trail.
Lester C. Kenway, President
Maine Appalachian Trail Club
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