Campsite Maintainer Wanted – Baldpate District

Bemis Mountain Campsite and Lean-to: This Baldpate District campsite in the Rangeley Lakes region needs a maintainer! If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle or ATV/UTV (a high-clearance vehicle isn’t enough), drive access is about access is about 2.5 miles up a steep, loose gravel road with drainage dips. From there, walk access is about 0.4 miles with 330 feet of elevation gain on a flagged maintainer trail. The road can also be walked (1,050 feet of elevation gain), if you prefer or do not have a vehicle up to the challenge. The lean-to is in decent shape, and a new […]

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We’re Recruiting an Assistant Campsite Manager!

What does an Assistant Campsite Manager do? The exact duties are negotiable but in general the person collaborates with the Campsite Manager on a variety of tasks. One task area is communicating with maintainers on issues at campsites, and recruiting and doing orientations for new maintainers. Other task areas are focused on project coordination such as leading volunteer groups to replace or repair privies, tent platforms, or lean-tos. In addition, project planning activities such as maintaining a 5-year plan, seeking permits, and coordinating with partners and other agencies. Do you have questions? Are you interested in any of these activities? […]

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Dave Field: “Loving the Trail”

MATC’s Dave Field was a featured author in the Winter 2022 edition of ATC’s “Journeys” magazine. Dave is a life-long volunteer on the A.T. and has witnessed and instigated many change over the years. The trail you know and love today is in in large part Dave’s doing. Please thank Dave for his dedication to and love of the trail! Check out the article: https://appalachiantrail.org/official-blog/loving-the-trail/

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Privy Sign

Privies in the News!

While using a privy is typically and preferably a solitary experience, the how and why of privies deserve some face time. Check out this recent ATC article explaining the privy “Facts of the Matter.” The banner photo was taken by MATC volunteer Emily Zimmerman from the 2021 Sabbath Day Pond privy project! https://appalachiantrail.org/register-blog/privy-choices/

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Chainsaw Training

Chainsaw Workshops

ATC is offering two virtual chainsaw workshops in March. It’s a good opportunity to refresh your skills or see what is required to be an A.T. Sawyer! On March 22 from 7-8pm, topics will include: overview of the A.T. sawyer program; Job Hazard Analysis (JHA); safety considerations and accident prevention; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); as well as chainsaw use and maintenance. On March 30 from 7-8:30pm, topics covered will include: chainsaw tasks and techniques, reactive forces and binds, safe saw handling, cutting techniques, OHLEC, preparing for field trainings and certifications, and common safety violations.  Register for the March 22 session here. […]

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2022 Annual Business Meeting

Save the date! The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2022 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 9th from 9-11am on…. you guessed it- Zoom! Again, we will miss seeing familiar faces and the stories of blow-downs, privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, with the latest news of COVID-19 this is the best we can do. We are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. Based on last year’s meeting we should be able to make it within the 2 hour time-frame. We’ll send […]

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Side Trail Closure on Barren Mountain

Details from the Monson Appalachian Trail Visitor Center: TRAIL CLOSURE ALERT: A pair of peregrine falcons with a young chick are nesting on the rock slide on the flank of Barren Mountain. If you hike near nesting peregrines, they may abandon the nest and their chicks may die. To protect this falcon family, the A.T. side trail leading to the Barren Slide has been closed. Breeding peregrines are endangered in Maine. Please respect the wildlife with whom you share the A.T. by obeying the closure.

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April 17 Annual Meeting

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2021 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 17 on… you guessed it- Zoom! We will all miss seeing familiar faces and regaling stories of 28-inch blow-downs, shoveling out privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, this is the best we can do given the circumstances. There will be a bit of extra business to conduct this year because there was no annual meeting in 2020, but we are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. For More Information.

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