On February 12th, the United States Senate voted 92 to 8 to pass legislation that included permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund ( LWCF). The LWCF, which is supported by a share of the income the federal government receives from off-shore oil and other leases, is the principal source of federal funds for land acquisition for parks and reserves as well as for recreational developments.
More than 75 current, former and prospective Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Berkshire Chapter volunteers, spouses and friends, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff met recently in Great Barrington at the 17th Annual Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Volunteer Gathering to share information and find out more about volunteering. The meeting was organized by Christine Ward from the Great Barrington Trails and Greenways.
We are excited to announce that The Berkshire Exchange, the Chapter's periodic newsletter, will resume publication in Spring 2019! We have a brand-new newsletter in store for you and we need your help! What are we looking for?
Jan Alicia Nettler, former Chapter Chair, recently led a challenging hike on the Holyoke Range accompanied by 16 senior citizens, most in their seventies. Her goal was to prove that "older people still can do more than people expect us to do." Her article on the activity was recently published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Read the full article here.
Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader, or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, leader awareness, and decision-making.
Location: Nature's Classroom, 73 Pumpkin Lane, Charlton MA
Cost: Adult: $60 member / $65 non-member; Youth: $60 member / $65 non-member. Cost includes all training materials, course instructions, meals and overnight accommodations.
With half of the autumn leaves still on the trees and the other half covering our path ahead, we all gathered by our cars. Some of us put on our gloves, and some of us wished that we had brought gloves; the cold fall weather came quickly. We exchanged names (and repeated them a few times for memory), reviewed our plan for the day, and then we began our hike.
On October 20th, three of our New England Trail Adopters will be leading a morning hike on Section 16 of the New England Trail in Erving State Forest. This 3.5 mile moderate loop includes beautiful ledge views, a waterfall on the Briggs Brook and the famous Hermit's Castle (pictured). Pre-registration is required and details can be found at: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/108466.
Welcome to the AMC Western MA 20s/30s Committee!
A congenial group of Berkshire Chapter cyclists enjoyed a leisurely 45-mile ride on quiet country roads along the Connecticut river.
Please join us at the Berkshire Bash, AMC Berkshire Chapter's annual dinner meeting!
This year we are requiring that the event fee [$20] be paid when you register through our Eventbrite page. Please register by October 29. This is important because we must give a count to the venue. Cancellations may be made through the Eventbrite site.