April 17 Annual Meeting

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2021 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 17 on… you guessed it- Zoom! We will all miss seeing familiar faces and regaling stories of 28-inch blow-downs, shoveling out privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, this is the best we can do given the circumstances. There will be a bit of extra business to conduct this year because there was no annual meeting in 2020, but we are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. For More Information.

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Read the latest issue of the MAINEtainer

Check out the Winter 2021 issue of the MATC newsletter, the MAINEtainer. Read about the Trail Champions Campaign to build the Maine Trail Center, plus articles on changes to the MATC constitution and By-laws, Nominating Committee Reports, Maine Trail Crew Report, Volunteer Vacancies, District Trail Manager Reports and other interesting and informative articles.

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Membership Subcommittee Awards Coordinator Wanted

Membership Subcommittee Awards Coordinator Wanted – This volunteer will maintain a database of volunteer hours to identify members who are eligible for service awards available under the ATC Volunteer Recognition Program. They will present the awards at the Annual Meeting, post the list of awardees in next issue of The MAINEtainer following the Annual Meeting, and coordinate distribution of award items as required. Interested?  Please contact Ron Dobra at  ghsron@gmail.com

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2021 Annual Meeting

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s 2021 annual meeting will be held on Saturday April 17 from 9-11am on… you guessed it- Zoom! We will all miss seeing familiar faces and regaling stories of 28-inch blow-downs, shoveling out privies, and flat tires. And we’ll especially miss the coffee and doughnuts! But, this is the best we can do given the circumstances. There will be a bit of extra business to conduct this year because there was no annual meeting in 2020, but we are planning on a 2-hour meeting to prevent screen fatigue and stick to the tasks at hand. We’ll […]

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A Blast from the Past

Do you know when the first issue of the MATC Newsletter the MAINEtainer was published? Do you know what the name of the first issue was? Do you know who came up with the name, “The MAINEtainer?” Do you know who was MATC president when the first issue was published? Who was the first Editor? To find the answers and explore some MATC history check out past issues of the MAINEtainer. Special thanks goes to Ray “Walking Home” Ronan for providing dozens of scans of the old MAINEtainer newsletter. Thanks Ray!

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Read the latest MAINEtainer Newsletter

Read the latest issue of the MAINEtainer, MATC’s quarterly newsletter. FALL 2020 EDITION NE Regional Partnership Committee holds virtual meeting ZOOMING NERPC MATC Maintainer’s Meeting Survey Power Hedgers for Clearing/Brushing/Trimming  – My New Favorite Trail Tool End of the Trail – Carrington Rhodes Maintainer Openings – White Cap District Remembering Dick Innes You can view the current year’s issues as well as look into the MAINEtainer archives.

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Filled! Campsite Maintainer Wanted – Baldpate District

Contact campsite@matc.org or baldpate@matc.org for questions or interest in applying. Baldpate Lean-to and Campsite – Be the maintainer for the first campsite NOBOs encounter in MATC territory! The Baldpate campsite is located in the beautiful western mountains. Drive access is via Route 26, so no special vehicle is required. Walk access is about 2 miles with ~1,100 feet of elevation gain. This campsite has a lean-to, tent sites, as well as an old-style moldering privy. More information on campsite maintainer duties.

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Summer 2021 MATC Employment Opportunities

Put your passion for the Appalachian Trail to work! Apply for summer trail crew jobs in Maine and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Maine AT Ridgerunner and Maine Trail Crew positions are looking for applications. Ridgerunners will meet, greet, register and educate hikers on the Appalachian Trail. They will impart Leave No Trace knowledge, skills and ethics focusing on youth groups and distance backpackers, for example: where to camp, how to protect water sources, ford a stream and minimize fire impacts. Ridgerunners will provide education about rare alpine plants and stewardship on summits and ridge lines. They will manage campsites and […]

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Corridor Monitors Wanted

There are still some great opportunities 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, 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 that […]

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White Brook Trail

One of the most remote areas of the A.T. in Maine – now newly accessible via the White Brook Trail.

“The highest mountain in the Hundred Mile Wilderness is easier to access thanks to recent improvements and trail relocations.” Maine Appalachian Trail Land TrustNovember 20, 2020 White Cap Mountain was protected by the Gulf Hagas Whitecap project in 2017, which was completed by the Forest Society of Maine, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust.White Cap is the highest mountain in the fabled Hundred Mile Wilderness and the trail this organization maintains – the White Brook Trail – is more accessible than ever. Take a tour of the project and learn about the ecology, history, recreation and […]

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