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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Group Registrations Coordinator

Group Registrations Coordinator MATC’s CARE Committee (ridge runner program) is seeking a volunteer to serve as the Group Registration Coordinator. The job includes: receiving information from groups that register to use and camp along the AT; corresponding with groups to advise them on their itineraries and, if necessary, provide alternatives; communicate with ridge runners in the field to inform them of groups passing through or camping in their areas; collecting data to help improve Trail use; providing feedback to camp groups and the CARE Committee on group usage of AT resources. Recommended qualifications for the position are: familiarity with the […]

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Register Box Monitor Needed

Register Box Monitor Needed We are seeking a volunteer to monitor the register box located on the back of the Piscataquis River near Blanchard.  This register box if a short walk down to the riverbank from the Blanchard/Shirley Rd. AT crossing.  The volunteer is asked to check the box regularly (usually every couple of months during the hiking season) and to pick up the completed cards and refill the box with blank cards supplied by the club and to make sure that there are pens and/or pencils to write with.  Once the volunteer has picked up the cards they mail […]

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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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MATC Seeks Walter D. Greene Award Nominees

by Tom Gorrill Do you know someone who has done an extraordinary job for the MATC last year? Went way above and beyond what was expected? Please keep that person in mind….and nominate them for the Walter Greene award that is presented at the Spring Meeting. The Walter D. Greene Award is presented at the Annual meeting to recognize extraordinary effort or achievement by a member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. This award is not to take the place of periodic informal recognition that all MATC volunteers should receive; i.e. a ‘thank you’ for a job well done. Nor […]

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Flowfold Sponsors MATC

The MATC would like to acknowledge the generous support of our most recent Sponsor: Flowfold Launched in 2010, Flowfold makes everyday gear that is lighter, stronger, and lasts longer. Whether sewing lightweight wallets from recycled sailcloth, or making protective face shields for hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, their mission remains the same: To make quality products that improve the everyday lives of the individuals and communities who use them.  With their mission to create better, longer-lasting gear, Flowfold has always been adamant that 100% of their products are Made in the USA. Flowfold is a Maine-based brand with a global reach, […]

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Katahdin Coffee Sponsors MATC

The MATC would like to acknowledge the generous support of Katahdin Coffee as our most recent sponsor. Katahdin Coffee comes from a family of coffee mongers. From 1975 to 2014, Lyons Coffee Service, founded by Stan & Hazel Lyons, provided hardworking Mainers (and New Hampshirites) with workplace coffee and supplies. Family owned and operated, we carried Katahdin Coffee as our own private brand. Eventually, we sold the office coffee operation, and Katahdin Coffee Co. began a new chapter as a stand-alone company: Katahdin Coffee. Katahdin Coffee’s donation will contribute to sustaining the more than 25,000 hours of work done annually […]

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Corridor Monitors Wanted

There are only six opportunities left 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 (207) 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 […]

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MATC Maine AT Maps Are Now Available for Your Mobile Device

MATC has partnered with Avenza Maps to make our 7 Maine Appalachian Trail maps available to download to your mobile device. The maps can be used on the trail without Internet access or cell reception and will pinpoint your current position on the map using your device’s GPS system. To get started download Avenza’s free app and set up a free account. Search for the “Maine Appalachian Trail Club” and you will see a listing of our 7 Maine AT maps that are available for purchase at $5.99 each. We also have a bundle of all 7 Maine AT maps […]

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