OPEN MATC CORRIDOR MONITORING ASSIGNMENTS
There are only nine 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 862-3674, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 that a corridor monitor would need to walk to cover that section. For assignments on State-owned land, there are no surveyed boundary lines and monitoring is generally done by walking along the A.T. and observing the surroundings.
Section 16/17. West Branch Ponds road to White Brook Trail. This is a long (6.05 miles of boundary line) section with good access from the B Pond Road. The lines from there climb over fairly gentle terrain and then ascend White Cap Mountain and contour westerly along White Cap Ridge. It is also accessible from the west over a road gated by the Appalachian Mountain Club and a bit of a hike.
Section 25b. Long Pond Stream to Big Wilson Stream. This is a long (8.8 miles of boundary line) but very accessible section on mostly rather gentle terrain. Michelle and Stan Moody wish to relinquish this assignment, but are willing to monitor it for a year and welcome anyone interested in the assignment to accompany them on a field trip.
Section 35. Marble Brook to the Outlet of Bald Mountain Pond. This section is easily accessible from the Breakneck Ridge Road in Blanchard (may need permission to pass through gate) and covers 5.29 miles of boundary line over nearly flat terrain.
Section 41. Kennebec River to Outlet of Pierce Pond. This assignment includes 5.8 miles of boundary line over relatively gentle terrain. It is accessible from the gravel road that follows the westerly shore of Wyman Lake, continuing north to Bowtown and Pierce Pond. The section was carefully monitored and maintained for many years by Bill Geller and the boundary lines were renewed by A.T.C. Boundary Technicians in 2021.
Section 42. Outlet of Pierce Pond to the North Branch of Carrying Place Stream. This long assignment includes 7.9 miles of boundary line over nearly flat terrain that does include some swampy areas. It is accessible from the gravel road that follows the westerly shore of Wyman Lake, continuing north to Bowtown and Pierce Pond and over the gravel Carrying Place Road. The section was carefully monitored and maintained for many years by Bill Geller and the boundary lines were renewed by A.T.C. Boundary Technicians in 2021.
Section 44. Sandy Stream to the SW inlet of West Carry Pond. This assignment includes 4.8 miles of boundary line over flat but sometimes swampy terrain. It is accessible over the A.T. from the Long Falls Dam Road or from the gravel Carrying Place Road. The section was carefully monitored and maintained for many years by Bill Geller and the boundary lines were renewed by A.T.C. Boundary Technicians in 2020 and 2021.
Section 57a. Mt. Abraham Side Trail to Barnjum Road. This assignment includes 3.6 miles of surveyed boundary line that runs over gentle to moderate terrain, rising up over Lone Mountain. The section begins at the Gravel Barnjum Road, accessible with a high clearance vehicle.
Section 60. Highway 4 to Little Swift River Pond. This is a long section (7.53 miles of blazed corridor lines) but covers generally gentle terrain and has been well-cared for for years by Jonathan Ellis, assisted by Laura Flight. Access begins right at the A.T. parking lot on Route 4 south of Rangeley.
Section 69. East B Hill Road to East Peak of Baldpate. This is a long section (6.45 miles of blazed corridor lines) with a remote portion near Baldpate, but access begins right at the paved East B Hill Road. Most of the lines were renewed by A.T.C. Boundary Technicians in 2020 and 2021. Bill Brooke wants to give up this assignment but will continue it in 2023 unless I am able to find a new monitor for the section.