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Appalachian Trail Management Committee

The AMC Western MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee (A.T. Committee) is responsible for the maintenance, management, and protection of that portion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) located in Massachusetts. This section of the A.T. encompasses nearly 90 miles of trail. The A.T. Committee coordinates the extensive volunteer effort that keeps the trail open, overnight sites maintained, and the trail lands and natural resources protected.
The Committee works in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the National Park Service. Each year from April to September, we organize regular work parties for maintenance and improvement of the footbed, trail shelters, signs, and so on.
Projects vary in complexity, but all include activities for both first timers and seasoned maintainers. Contact a project leader or look in AMC's Outdoor Connector to join in the fun. No experience is necessary to participate! We also have some open positions for regular trail maintainers, corridor monitors, and natural resource volunteers. Our committee meets regularly at the Mt. Greylock Visitors Center in Lanesboro, MA.

Donations

Donations are gratefully accepted! Please send your check made out to "AMC" with a note designating the gift is for the Western MA A.T. Committee. Checks can be mailed to:
Appalachian Mountain Club
Attn: Rachel Sensenig
10 City Square, Suite 2
Boston, MA 02129

Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Noepel Shelter Privy Crib

Location: Lanesborough, MA
Date: 21‑Jul‑2024
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We will be working with volunteers from the local National Guard to carry in and assemble an additional crib for the privy at Noepel Shelter on Mt Greylock. We have about 2 dozen short boards to carry about a mile up hill to the work site. At the site, we'll cut and assemble the boards to create a third decomposition chamber for the privy. This will allow a longer time for waste to compost at this popular site.
Work involves carrying materials and tools on-trail for about a mile. A short portion of the carry is steeply up hill. We'll work with hand tools on site, some light carpentry and digging.
We'll meet at the Jones Nose Parking Area on Mt Greylock. There is about a one mile hike on easy trail to get to where we have staged the materials.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes. Work gloves are recommended. Bring lunch/snack and water to drink.

Tom Levardi Honored

Location: Dalton, MA
Date: 23‑Jul‑2024
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Come to Dalton and hear all about Tom Levardi, a beloved trail angel in Dalton. Tom has been hosting AT hikers in his backyard for decades. Come to a screening about and interview with Tom and applaud his years of service. He is a much admired and well loved part of what makes the AT so special. The event is free and open to the public.

Bog Bridge Repairs Near Blue Hill Rd

Location: Great Barrington, MA
Date: 27‑Jul‑2024
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We will reset and install new additional bog bridges in this wet area near Blue Hill Rd in Monterrey. We'll carry in new materials for a short distance on flat trail, then assemble the bog bridges on site.
We may carry and relocate existing bog bridges. Work area will be wet/muddy and slippery. Rubber boots might be the best option for footwear, depending on recent weather. Work gloves and insect repellant are recommended.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes (or muck boots). While this is likely to be a short day, bring lunch/snack and water to drink. Because of limited parking, we'll meet at the Benedict Pond parking area in nearby Beartown State Forest.

Clipping Brush on East Mountain

Location: Great Barrington, MA
Date: 03‑Aug‑2024
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We will be cutting back laurel bushes that are encroaching on the AT near the top of East Mountain. We'll be using hand loppers with quite a bit of stooping and reaching. A moderately strenuous one mile hike to work area -but some great views on the way.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes. Work gloves are recommended. Bring lunch/snack and water to drink.

Natural Heritage Monitoring

Location: Berkshires, MA
Date: 13‑Aug‑2024
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Old records indicate there are some rare plant species on the Appalachian Trail lands in the Warner Hill area. It's about time we looked for them. So on this date we'll take a walk into the woods, off trail, and see what we find.
This will be a bit longer day than our usual and we'll be out in the woods so come prepared, water, food / snacks, rain gear, bug repellent, etc. Foul weather cancels.

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check volunteer opportunities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.

Committee Members

All committee members are volunteers. Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have.
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