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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Long-Time MATC Volunteer Featured in ATC Blog

ATC’s blog post from July 28 tells the story of a day in the life of an A.T. volunteer; getting up early on a day off to move rocks, cut brush, and swat bugs. All for a whopping paycheck with lots of zeros, including a leading zero… But the rewards are tremendous and have lasting impacts. Featured in the ATC blog post is MATC legend Dave Field; he’s been maintaining and protecting the A.T. for over 50 years! Be sure to scroll down the page to read about Dave, and watch the “myATstory” short film on his lifetime of efforts!

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June 16, 2020 Update on A.T. Closures and Conditions

From Appalachian Trail Conservancy Bulletin 6/16/2020 With more states relaxing stay-at-home restrictions and more sections of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) reopening, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is due for a check-in with the hiking community and wanted to provide the latest status update for the A.T. As of today, all but 5.2 miles of the A.T. have re-opened, leaving only the northernmost A.T. miles on Katahdin closed (which is expected to open July 1). In our previous email, we listed three criteria any one of which, if met, would cause the ATC to re-evaluate its guidance. We are close to meeting one […]

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