Campsite Maintainer Information

MATC volunteers maintain 47 designated campsites, including 31 lean-tos and 49 privies.

Maintainer Tip Sheet: Are you a campsite maintainer? (If so- thanks!). The tip sheet is to help guide tasks, note deficiencies, and track work completed during your visit.

Work Trip Report– Please fill this out after your maintenance trip to a campsite or lean-to. Please remember to fill out the campsite inspection portion of the form!

New to campsite maintenance or need a refresher on the different aspects of campsite maintenance? Here’s a slide presentation that outlines the basics.

The MATC Campsite Committee works with District Managers and campsite maintainers to track maintenance efforts as well as coordinate larger building and repair projects. Please email the Campsite Manager for questions or concerns.

Privy additive “BioQuest” Tip Sheet on how to apply this product in your privy.

Do you maintain an accessible moldering privy? Here’s a Maintenance Tip Sheet to follow.

Building plans for accessible moldering privies: Link

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Backcountry Sanitation Manual

In 2013 the Maine Appalachian Trail Club began a 20-year effort to replace existing privies at its 43 campsites with accessible, above-ground moldering privies. Increased use of the A.T., an aging privy network, and compliance with federal accessibility standards necessitate this program. See the Fall 2018 MAINEtainer newsletter to learn more about the program (“Fun Facts…” on page 4), and this list for the anticipated replacement schedule.

Each project requires approximately 475 volunteer hours; they are no small task, but are good fun! Keep an eye on the work trip calendar below to join a trip!

 

Guide to Log Lean-to Construction

View Guide On-line

Think you might have a hazard tree at your campsite? Follow the Hazard Tree Action Flow Chart_(Draft) to determine the next best steps.

Hazard tree certification is required to identify, monitor, or mitigate hazard trees at campsites. Please email Tom Carr for more information.

 

Tip Sheet on how to measure a roof if you find an issue at a privy or lean-to you maintain. Taking these measurements when you find the problem will help identify materials needed to fix the issue and prevent extra trips to the campsite.

 

Click each bar below for an example of each sign. Please email the Campsite Manager if you need a sign.

Campsite sign
Post at all campsites

 

Campsite Info Sign
Post at all campsites.
Water sign
Post at all campsite.
Privy Sign
Post at all campsites.
Pit Privy Info
Post inside all pit privies.

 

Welcome Moldering Privy Sign
Post inside all moldering privies.

Upcoming Campsite Work Trips

Wilson Valley Privy Prep

We're building a new privy at Wilson Valley in June, and need your help! On June 5 we'll do the site prep including felling a couple of trees, digging to get a flat surface, and installing the base 4x6s. We will also stage the materials at the corridor; the last mile or so the trailer of lumber will be towed with Brad’s tractor to the corridor (think of it as a free tractor pulling demo like at the county fair!). If we have extra hands, we can start hauling materials to the campsite. It's about a 0.7 mile walk over […]

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White Cap District,

Wilson Valley Privy Haul and Build

We need your help building a new privy at the Wilson Valley campsite on June 18-19! The privy was pre-built in April and is now packaged into ~150 bundles that are about 15-30 pounds. Volunteers are needed to shoulder this material to the campsite. It's about a 0.7 mile walk over flat terrain (slightly downhill, actually!) to the campsite, so it doesn't get much easier than that! Many hands make lighter work, and we need many hands for this project. A group will also be building the privy while materials are hauled in. Come for one day or both! Those of […]

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White Cap District,

Logan Brook Lean-to Sill Replacement Prep

The Logan Brook lean-to was built 39 years ago, and while this might be young for a human the sills are showing their age after that many years of being in the weather. On June 25, we're looking for half a dozen volunteers to help dig out the existing sills.We'll also fell a couple of trees and prop them up to dry for the summer. Then we'll come back August 27-28 to replace the rotting sill logs with the new logs. It's slow but rewarding work! It's a 1.3 mile hike with about 950 feet of elevation gain to access […]

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White Cap District,

Horseshoe Canyon Privy Prep

We're building a new privy at the Horseshoe Canyon campsite in July, and need your help! On July 9 we'll do the site prep including felling a couple of trees, digging to get a flat surface, and installing the base 4x6s. We are still exploring access to the campsite (the West Branch of the Piscataquis is posing challenges), so stay tuned!

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Kennebec District,

Horseshoe Canyon Privy Haul and Build

We need your help building a new privy at the Horseshoe Canyon campsite on July 16-17! The privy was pre-built in April and is now packaged into ~150 bundles that are about 15-30 pounds. Volunteers are needed to shoulder this material to the campsite. It's about a 0.7 mile walk over flat terrain with 170 feet of elevation to the campsite. We are still scheming access (the West Branch of the Piscataquis River driving to be a challenge), so the access route may change.  Many hands make lighter work, and we need many hands for this project. A group will also […]

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Kennebec District,

Long Pond Stream Privy Prep

We're building a new privy at Long Pond Stream, and need your help! On August 20 we'll do the site prep including felling a couple of trees, digging to get a flat surface, and installing the base 4x6s. It's about a 1 mile walk with 400 feet of elevation gain to the campsite. We want to get the site primed for the haul and build on Labor Day weekend!

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White Cap District,

Logan Brook Lean-To Sill Replacement

It's sill replacement time! The trees we felled back in June have been drying (=becoming less heavy) so we can now replacing the rotting sills with these fresh logs. We're looking for about a half dozen volunteers to help do some final excavation, jack up the lean-to, and slide the new logs into place! It's slow but rewarding work! It’s a 1.3-mile hike with about 950 feet of elevation gain to access the campsite.

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White Cap District,

Long Pond Stream Privy Haul and Build

We need your help building a new privy at the Long Pond Stream campsite on September 3-4! The privy was pre-built in April and is now packaged into ~150 bundles that are about 15-30 pounds. We are hoping to work with a group of Colby College volunteers are needed to shoulder this material to the campsite, but we will still need plenty of MATC volunteers to help. It's about a 0.9 mile walk with 400 feet of elevation to the campsite. Many hands make lighter work, and we need many hands for this project. A group will also be building the […]

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White Cap District,