Executive Committee Meeting

The MATC Executive Committee meets every odd-numbered month, except there is no meeting in July. Since the spring of 2020, meetings are using the Zoom conferencing system.

Chainsaw Workshop

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. Register for the March 22 session here. - https://volunteer.appalachiantrail.org/s/atc-project-details?c__recId=a0q1U000007TiUI

Chainsaw Workshop

Zoom

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 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 30 session here. - https://volunteer.appalachiantrail.org/s/atc-project-details?c__recId=a0q1U000007TiUS

2022 Annual Business Meeting

Zoom

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! Pre-registration 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 […]

Trail Best Practices

Zoom

In this 1.5-hour Zoom webinar, Lester Kenway will cover: Introduction to Drainage Principles Examples of good and poor rock structures with an emphasis on Rock Waterbars and Steps. Specific recommendations on how to build Rock Waterbars and Steps Comparisons to Rock work in Scotland, Peru and Nepal Structures that can be used to cross wetland areas Please email our coordinator to register.

Trail Work Tour

Zoom

In this 1.5-hour webinar, Lester Kenway will cover: Extended review of trail reconstruction and restoration work Resource Damage and Protection issues Graded Trails Rock Work Waterbars, Steps, Step Stones, Rip-Rap, Retaining walls Timber Work Bog Bridges, Crib Work, Water Crossings, Geotextile and  “Burritos” Maine United States International Please email our coordinator to register.

Privy Pre-Build- Lunch will be provided!

Palmyra, ME

Come help with some construction fun! You can help build, organize lumber, or package materials. We will be pre-building 3 privies on April 30-May 1 in Palmyra- come for one day or both! These privies will be built on-site later this season to replace the existing privies at Long Pond Stream, Horseshoe Canyon, and Wilson Valley.

Help the Maine Appalachian Trail Club setup basecamp for the Maine Trail Crew – Lunch will be provided!

In 2022, the Maine Trail Crew will dispatch from a temporary basecamp at Lake George Regional Park (West Side), in Skowhegan, Maine. MATC needs your help setting up tent platforms and tents, living space, gear and equipment, and with landscaping and light carpentry! This is a temporary basecamp as we begin construction of the Maine Trail Center. Please bring water, gloves, and dress appropriately for the weather. We are also looking to furnish this space so that the crew is comfortable between work  "hitches" on the Appalachian Trail.  At Lake George, the crew can rest, reorganize gear and supplies, greet and orient new volunteers. […]

Executive Committee Meeting

Zoom

The MATC Executive Committee meets every odd-numbered month, except there is no meeting in July. Since the spring of 2020, meetings are using the Zoom conferencing system.

Help the Maine Appalachian Trail Club setup basecamp for the Maine Trail Crew – Lunch will be provided!

In 2022, the Maine Trail Crew will dispatch from a temporary basecamp at Lake George Regional Park (West Side), in Skowhegan, Maine. MATC needs your help setting up tent platforms and tents, living space, gear and equipment, and with landscaping and light carpentry! This is a temporary basecamp as we begin construction of the Maine Trail Center. Please bring water, gloves, and dress appropriately for the weather. We are also looking to furnish this space so that the crew is comfortable between work  "hitches" on the Appalachian Trail.  At Lake George, the crew can rest, reorganize gear and supplies, greet and orient new volunteers. […]

Clearing Pine Sapplings at the Maine Trail Center Lot

Maine Trail Center Site in Skowhegan Skowhegan

Swampers needed! We're looking for a few volunteers to help finish clearing brush ("swamp")  at the future Maine Trail Center site in Skowhegan. We've got a good start, but we're looking to finish this effort on Saturday May 14th.

Tree Risk Workshop Refresher/Intro- Part 1

Zoom

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service are offering a virtual Tree Risk Workshop on Wednesday, June 1 AND Thursday, June 2 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. on both days. This educational opportunity is intended to serve as a refresher for individuals who have previously taken Tree Risk Workshops, or as an initial learning opportunity for individuals interested in performing Tree Risk Assessments. Content to be covered during these sessions will include: gaining an understanding of tree physiology, how to recognize tree risk based on the seven defect categories, correcting and preventing defects, the process for assessing trees and rating […]

Tree Risk Workshop- Part 2

Zoom

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service are offering a virtual Tree Risk Workshop on Wednesday, June 1 AND Thursday, June 2 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. on both days. This educational opportunity is intended to serve as a refresher for individuals who have previously taken Tree Risk Workshops, or as an initial learning opportunity for individuals interested in performing Tree Risk Assessments. Content to be covered during these sessions will include: gaining an understanding of tree physiology, how to recognize tree risk based on the seven defect categories, correcting and preventing defects, the process for assessing trees and rating […]

Wilson Valley Privy Prep

White Cap District

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 […]

Executive Committee Meeting- Special Meeting

Zoom

The MATC Executive Committee meets every odd-numbered month, except there is no meeting in July; this is a special meeting of the Executive Committee. Since the spring of 2020, meetings are using the Zoom conferencing system.

Wilson Valley Privy Haul and Build

White Cap District

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 […]

Gulf Hagas Ridge Runner Pack-In

White Cap District

Our summer ridge-runner is headed to their "home" for the season, and we need some help getting in supplies and equipment. Volunteers will meet at the Katahdin Iron Works gatehouse at 8:30 on Saturday June 18. It should only take a couple of hours if we have enough help!

Maine Trail Crew: Third Mountain

White Cap District

Join the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s (MATC) Maine Trail Crew and work on some of the most pristine, remote sections of Maine’s Appalachian Trail. Help preserve this precious and wild resource for future generations of hikers. An enthusiastic staff awaits your arrival and is looking forward to building trail with you. Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Crews utilize rigging equipment and hand tools to build stone steps and waterbars. This week's specific project will be taking place near Third Mountain and is identified as a project that will be difficult/strenuous. Persons 18 […]

Logan Brook Lean-to Sill Replacement Prep

White Cap District

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 […]