Trail Maintainer Needed- Baldpate District

Old Clearwater Brook Side Trail to summit of Old Blue Mountain A trail section in the Baldpate District is looking for a new Maintainer.  This trail section starts at the summit of Old Blue Mountain and continues for 1.5 miles to the Old Clearwater Brook side trail.  The elevational change is about 800 feet.   Access is not the easiest, but beautiful views are available from the summit. The current access point is as follows: From Andover, Maine, head east on ME-120. After 0.6 miles, turn left on South Arm Road. Drive on South Arm Road for 7.6 miles. Parking is along the […]

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Trail Maintainer Needed- Baldpate District

Little Swift River Pond Campsite to Piper Mtn. A trail section in the Baldpate District is looking for a new Maintainer.  This trail section starts at the Little Swift River Pond campsite and continues for 2.4 miles to a high point designated as Piper Mtn.  A large, moss-covered boulder marks the termination of this section.  The elevational change is only about 600 feet over the section but the access trail has an elevational change of over 1,000 feet.   Access is long and challenging with the current access point as follows: From the Route 4 Appalachian Trail Parking Area in Rangeley Maine, proceed […]

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Trail Maintainer Needed- Baldpate District

Old Clearwater Brook Site Trail to Bemis Side Trail A trail section in the Baldpate District is looking for a new Maintainer.  This trail section starts at the intersection with the Bemis Side Trail, continuing for 1.7 miles to the Old Clearwater Brook side trail.  The elevational change is about 400 feet but portions of the access trail can be very steep.   Access is not the easiest, but beautiful views are available along the access to this section. The current access point is as follows: From Andover, Maine, head east on ME-120. After 0.6 miles, turn left on South Arm Road. Drive […]

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Trail Maintainer Needed- Kennebec District

Horseshoe Canyon section An awesome section in the Kennebec District is looking for a new Maintainer.  The trail section maintenance includes 3.2 miles of white blaze from the West Branch of the Piscataquis north to the Horseshoe Canyon Lean-to north trail.   Access is not the easiest, but a beautiful area of the state.  Several options: Park at Shirley/Blanchard Road and cross all of the northern abutting section (2.6 miles), including a ford on the West Branch of the Piscataquis.  This puts you at the northern end of the section and the campsite.  It is a hike to start the workday, but a very […]

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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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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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Gordon Clarke – A Remembrance

-Craig Dickstein When we joined in the efforts of MATC in late-2005, Donna and I were asked to help Gordon Clarke with the Carrying Place section in the Kennebec District.  What a great introduction to Trail maintenance!  Not only did Gordon have (and share) the requisite skills, but his passion for the work was infectious.  The first trip out in the spring was the best as we got our annual spring wildflower lesson.  His love of wildflowers was gained from the days that his wife Karen would join him on the Trail or on one of their many wilderness canoe […]

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