Joint Ridgerunner Training at BSP

Ridgerunners from both Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with staff from the A.T. Visitor Center, in Monson, spent time at Baxter State Park with Park staff as part of their training. This strengthened ties and communication between the three organizations as they work together this season to educate hikers on the Trail and troubleshoot challenges.

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Volunteer Service Awards

INTRODUCTION The Comprehensive Plan for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail includes a definition of the Appalachian Trail that states: “ThebodyoftheTrailisprovidedbythelandit traverses, and its soul is in the living stewardship of thevolunteers and workers of the Appalachian TrailCommunity.” ATC and the federal agencies are very proud of the volunteer commitment to protect and manage the Trail. This recognition program is offered by ATC and the NPS- Appalachian Trail Park Office (ATPO) as a means of thanking A.T. volunteers for their contributions. HOURS OF SERVICE PROGRAM The Hours of Service recognition program is based on the cumulative hourly contributions of volunteers to the […]

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Mike Blais

Bigelow District ManagerNew Gloucester, MEEMAIL: bigelow@matc.orgMike is a foundry man and business owner of the Auburn Stove Foundry Company, Inc., in New Gloucester. Mike served as the Maintainer for Frye Notch, in the Baldpate District, for ten years, one of the most difficult sections to access and maintain. Prior to becoming at maintainer for MATC he maintained trails for Appalachian Mountain Club, in NH.  

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Laura Flight

Manager of Campsites EMAIL: campsite@matc.org Laura grew up in Winthrop, Maine and was privileged to be introduced to the outdoors at a young age. Her first big adventure on the A.T. was in 1986, at the age of 11, when she hiked White Cap Mountain via the old Fire Warden’s trail while staying at West Branch Pond Camps. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1997 with a BA in Environmental Science and has enjoyed a career with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1995. In 2005, she became a trail maintainer on the Grafton Loop Trail, and in 2015 […]

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Ryan Linn

Director EMAIL: rlinn@matc.org Ryan hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007. He later worked for several Appalachian Mountain Club camps and as Group Outreach Coordinator for the Green Mountain Club. Eventually, he created the Guthook Guides app for various trails, including the AT, and continues to work on that from his home in Portland. He’s been the volunteer maintainer of the Mt Abraham blue-blaze trail since 2015.

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Ron Tebbetts

Baldpate District Manager EMAIL: baldpate@matc.org Ron has been a maintainer on the Grafton Loop Trail since 2020. He was on the UMO faculty from 1979 to 1984 as an Instructor of Forest Resources, and holds a BS Forest Management degree from LSU. Ron has been a hiker for years, first stepping foot on the Appalachian Trail in 1973. Now that he is retired, he wants to spend more time on the trail while also “giving back” to the trail community. Ron will have two assistants, Emily Zimmerman and Dave Welbourn, who were appointed by the Executive Committee on January 9, […]

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Jonathan Ellis

Treasurer Brentwood, NH EMAIL: treasurer@matc.org Jonathan has been the Treasurer since April 2018. He has been a Club member since 1993, a corridor monitor since 2009, and has helped construct the Horns Pond lean-tos and several recent accessible moldering privies. A native of Augusta, Maine, he graduated from Swarthmore College in 1969 with a BA in Economics. After serving in the Army, he enjoyed a 35-year career in commercial banking. Since retirement in 2007 he has served as the Treasurer of his hometown, Brentwood, NH.

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Dave Dore

Kennebec District ManagerEMAIL: kennebec@matc.orgDave has been a maintainer with the club for 4 years. Along with his wife, they have maintained a 3.5-mile section of trail that runs from the South bank of the Kennebec River to Bowtown Road; this section includes two blue-blaze side trails and half of the Kennebec River crossing. Dave has been an active hiker and has section-hiked a large portion of the Maine AT and can be found out hiking somewhere in Maine almost every weekend. Volunteering is something he is passionate about as a way to give back to the trails that have given […]

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Brad Deane

Whitecap District Manager Guilford, ME EMAIL: whitecap@matc.org Brad is currently the Assistant Manager of the Whitecap District  and will replace Dick Welsh as the Manager in April of 2021.  Brad also has been a maintainer in the Whitecap District for the past 6 years.   Over the last few years he has spent many hours on various work outings in the Whitecap District. He lives in Guilford and recently retired from Hardwood Products Co after working there for 44 years.

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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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