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Noepel Shelter Privy Crib

Location: Lanesborough, MA
Date: 21‑Jul‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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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
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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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
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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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
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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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
Activity: conservation
Difficulty: N/A
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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.

Hiking Chair

Date: 01‑Nov‑2024 ➢ 01‑Nov‑2025
Activity: committee chair
Difficulty: N/A
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The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. A love of the outdoors and excellent organizational skills are a key fit for this position.
The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. The one-year term starts November 1. The Hiking Chair works with trip leaders to:
  • Schedule hikes
  • Encourage interested hikers to become leaders
  • Assist interested people in signing up for Leadership Training
  • Participates in Leadership Training
  • Assist Leaders-in-Training to find mentors for co-leads
  • Encourage leaders to lead hikes of varying levels of difficulty year-round
  • Assist new or existing leaders with posting hikes on the AMC website as needed
  • Answer leader's questions regarding AMC or Western MA chapter policies, referring to pertinent documents online at amc-wma.org, and
  • Hold informational and social gatherings with leaders from time to time, as necessary.
The Hiking Chair serves on the Western MA Chapter Executive Committee and:
  • Attends monthly Executive Committee meetings
  • Submits monthly reports to the Executive Committee, and
  • Sets up an annual budget for hiking and stays within the budget.
The Hiking Chair may also:
  • Enlist other AMC members to serve on the Hiking Committee to assist with its activities
  • Serve as a resource for the Tuesday Hiking group, which has their own coordinators and emailers to promote and publicize hikes, and
  • Organize hiker training programs (such as winter hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, etc.).
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.

Chapter Vice Chair

Date: 01‑Nov‑2024 ➢ 31‑Oct‑2026
Activity: chapter officer
Difficulty: N/A
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Looking for the satisfaction of using your skills to help people Be Outdoors in western Massachusetts? Explore chapter governance in this support role, learning about all areas of the AMC Western MA Chapter, its activities, and the AMC organization.
AMC Western MA Chapter welcomes all interested candidates to inquire, and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. The Chapter Vice Chair supports the Chapter Chair in leading the all-volunteer Chapter Executive Committee to advance the agreed-upon goals and serves for two consecutive years with the expectation that they will move into the Chapter Chair role after the Chair's two-year term. This position also serves as a liaison between the Chapter and the larger organization of AMC-with the Chair, they represent the organization at the local level and are an essential link between the staff, the Board of Directors, and the local Chapter members and volunteers.
Areas that the Vice Chair will, or might be, involved with include:
  • Attends and provides input in monthly Executive Committee meetings
  • Recruitment and nomination process for Executive Committee members
  • Event coordination, including Annual Meeting and Annual Planning Meeting
  • Other projects as agreed upon to advance the Chapter goals
  • Opportunity to attend weekend retreat at AMC property and AMC Summit with Chapter funds
  • Participates on the Chapters Committee (Chairs, Vice Chairs, Regional Directors, and Volunteer Relations staff), including attending meetings and providing input (three regular planning meetings, including two in person, and occasional online meetings due to organizational updates)
  • Coordinates with various Chapter committees as needed
Ongoing orientation is provided by the Chair, Regional Director, and Volunteer Relations staff!
Preferred qualifications:
  • Must be a member of the AMC or become a member before election
  • Organized, good communicator, willing to learn new things, willing to work with a diverse group of individuals; responds promptly to email and voice communications; is a team player
  • Attention to detail while maintaining a broad view of Chapter and AMC goals and needs
  • Access to a computer and some degree of computer proficiency for document management and information flow, or be willing to learn and utilize online resources
  • Enthusiastic promoter of the Chapter and the AMC!
Time commitment: ~5 hours per week.
AMC Western MA Chapter welcomes all interested candidates to inquire, and we invite the full participation of all individuals currently underrepresented in the outdoor community. We look forward to hearing from you at info@amc-wma.org. Thank you!
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.
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