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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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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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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Our Volunteers Rock!

Rocks aren’t placed by magic; it takes lots of hands and strong backs to make rock steps. Volunteers build stone steps at Gulf Hagas using pry bars, shovels, grip hoist and pick axes.

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MATC Affiliate Store

Get MATC Gear!

Show your support for MATC by proudly wearing and displaying official clothing and accessories emblazoned with the MATC logo. Check out the variety of MATC branded items at our “Trading Post” – on-line store. MATC has partnered with Spreadshirt to provide MATC branded clothing and accessories to members and supporters of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Items are available in a variety of styles and colors. MATC is a non-profit, 501c3 charitable organization and does not make any profit on these items. Spreadshirt is a third-party, affiliated vendor who handles all sales and questions regarding their products.

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Saddleback Mountain

MATC’s Position on Saddleback Ski Area Solar Project

Regarding the Saddleback Ski Area Solar Project We encourage the owners of the Saddleback Ski Area (Arctaris Impact Fund) to move the location of its proposed grid-scale solar power generating facility to a location that would not impact the views from the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on Saddleback Mountain.  At just over three miles away, the proposed 35-acre solar array would become the dominant feature on the landscape view looking north from the A.T. Other than Katahdin, Saddleback offers the longest open ridge walk along the A.T. in Maine and about 1.5 miles of this section would have frequent views of […]

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Illegal Fire Ring

Illegal Fire Rings Concerning on AT

ILLEGAL FIRE RINGS: In Maine, campfires in the woods require a fire permit or a permitted campsite to be legal.  WIth the dry conditions this Fall, non-permitted campfires along the A.T. are especially concerning.  A frequent task for maintainers is to dismantle and disperse fire rings which not only encourage more camp fires in inappropriate locations but also encourage trash accumulation.  This particular fire ring just north of Orbeton Stream has been dismantled four times this season. Photo by @Tony Barrett

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