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Wildlife Transect - Tyringham Main Rd Area

Location: Berkshires, MA
Date: 23‑Apr‑2024
Activity: conservation
Difficulty: N/A
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Our transect will take us to the Appalachian Trail lands in Tyringham, north of Main Rd. This will be our second look in the area so if will be interesting to see what's different. We will be out all day so dress for the weather (bad weather cancels). Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. No experience necessary, pace is slow, mostly off-trail.

Hale Fields Edge Clearing

Location: Tyringham, MA
Date: 30‑Apr‑2024
Activity: conservation
Difficulty: N/A
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The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts traverses the edges of 4 fields formerly part of the Hale farm in Tyringham. For this project we'll clear deadfalls, large brush, vines and low hanging branches along the edges of these fields to keep the fields open. This will allow the full fields to be mowed by brush hog late in the season.

A.T. Corridor Boundary Maintenance - Day Mtn (Part 1)

Location: Dalton, MA
Date: 04‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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Come explore the backstage of the Appalachian Trail. We'll be maintaining the critical boundary lines of the protected land corridor that surrounds the A.T. This off-trail work moves at a slow pace over varied terrain. We'll be clipping brush and painting blazes along the boundary line.
Work is off-trail, occasionally in heavy brush. Expect some wet areas, too. Some stooping to clip back brush to maintain a clear line of sight along the boundary.
The paint will permanently mark clothing, so don't wear your favorite trail duds. Do wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Long pants required, long sleeves, work gloves recommended. Dress for weather conditions.
Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. Expect to spend the full day in the woods. Rain will cancel.

20s & 30s A.T. Corridor Boundary Maintenance - Day Mtn (Part 2)

Location: Dalton, MA
Date: 05‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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Join the 20S & 30s crew to explore the backstage of the Appalachian Trail on the trail lands around Day Mtn in Dalton. This is the second day of work on this boundary line, so sign up for Saturday May 4 or Sunday May 5 or both. We'll be maintaining the critical boundary of the protected land corridor that surrounds the A.T. This off-trail work moves at a slow pace over varied terrain. We'll be clipping brush and painting blazes along the boundary line.
Work is off-trail, occasionally in heavy brush and up and down hills. Expect stooping to clip brush as we work to maintain a clear line of sight along the boundary.
The paint that demarcates the boundary will permanently mark clothing, so don't wear your favorite trail duds (not everyone needs to paint). Do wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Long pants required, long sleeves, work gloves, and tick protection recommended. Dress for weather conditions and carry raingear.
Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. Expect to spend the full day in the woods. Rain will cancel.

Upper Goose Pond Cabin - Opening Maintenance

Location: Lee, MA
Date: 07‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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We'll be getting Upper Goose Pond Cabin ready for the season. Work will include ferrying materials to the Cabin in a small boat, installing a new door, improving drainage, installing the dock, cutting/splitting firewood. The new door and gravel for the drainage will come in by small boat, and be carried up from the landing to the Cabin. We'll remove the old fire door an install the new one - some modest carpentry work required. The dock needs about 4 people to carry into the water, so some boots/water shoes would be handy. The drain needs to be dug out and gravel laid under the pipe to aid in the flow.
Meeting at the Cabin Caretaker's access trail across from Beaver Storage on Rt 20, with a moderate 1/2 mile hike to the Cabin. Some folks will travel to Leisure Lee to help load the boat. Please let the leader know if you will be late, as parking is complicated.
We'll be working outside, so dress for the weather, and if you plan to help load/unload the boat, or work on the dock, expect to wade in the cold water, briefly. Bring lunch/snacks, water to drink.

Tyringham Cobble A.T. Spring Cleaning

Location: Tyringham Cobble Parking, MA
Date: 11‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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We will work alongside Trustees staff and local volunteers on a muddy area near Tyringham Cobble. We'll be clearing drainages and installing bog bridges. Some carrying of heavy materials and light carpentry. Approx 1/2 mile easy hike to work area. Other work will include clipping brush to maintain open viewpoint areas.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, expect muddy conditions. Work gloves recommended. Bring lunch/snack and water to drink.

Erosion and Bog Bridges Near Jerusalem Rd

Location: Tyringham, MA
Date: 14‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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We have 8 to 10 bog bridges to replace just in a muddy area south of Jerusalem Rd. We'll also address erosion caused by nearby overflowing brook. Work involves carrying materials approx 1/2 mile to work site, some minor digging, and light carpentry.
Dress for the weather, bring water to drink and lunch/snack. Take precautions against ticks by treating outerwear with permethrin following the manufacturer's instructions.

A.T. Boundary Maintenance - Tyringham

Location: Tyringham, MA
Date: 18‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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Come explore the backstage of the Appalachian Trail. We'll be maintaining the critical boundary lines of the protected land corridor that surrounds the A.T. This off-trail work moves at a slow pace over varied terrain. We'll be clipping brush and painting blazes along the boundary line. Work is off-trail, occasionally in heavy brush. Expect some wet areas, too. Some stooping to clip back brush to maintain a clear line of sight along the boundary.
The paint will permanently mark clothing, so don't wear your favorite trail duds. Do wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Long pants required, long sleeves, work gloves recommended. Dress for weather conditions. Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. Expect to spend the full day in the woods. Rain will cancel.

Open Upper Goose Pond Cabin

Location: Lee, MA
Date: 19‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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We will open this near-famous hiker stop for the season. Remove shutters, sweep and clean, touch up paint, set up kitchen. We may need to install the dock, so check with leader if water wear may be needed.
Approx 1/2 mile walk to worksite on moderate terrain. Dress for the weather. Bring plenty of water and lunch/snack.

A.T. Boundary Maintenance - Becket

Location: Becket, MA
Date: 19‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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Come explore the backstage of the Appalachian Trail. We'll be maintaining the critical boundary lines of the protected land corridor that surrounds the A.T. This off-trail work moves at a slow pace over varied terrain. We'll be clipping brush along the boundary of National Park Service lands between the Mass Pike and Upper Goose Pond, including a likely stop for lunch at the Upper Goose Pond cabin.
Work is off-trail, up and down hills, with occasionally wet areas or heavy brush. Expect some stooping to clip back brush to maintain a clear line of sight along the boundary. Do wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy.
Long pants required, long sleeves, work gloves recommended. Dress for weather conditions. Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. Expect to spend the full day in the woods. Rain will cancel.

A.T. Boundary Maintenance - Dalton

Location: Dalton, MA
Date: 20‑May‑2024
Activity: trail work
Difficulty: N/A
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Come explore the backstage of the Appalachian Trail. We'll be maintaining the critical boundary lines of the protected land corridor that surrounds the A.T. The day will involve 1 mile of on-trail hiking to the work site, about 1 mile of actual boundary work off-trail, and a 2 mile trail walk to return.
The off-trail work moves at a slow pace over varied terrain, clipping brush as we go to maintain a clear line-of-sight along the boundary. The boundary may involve occasional heavy brush or wet areas. Some stooping is necessary to clip back brush.
Do wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Long pants required, long sleeves, work gloves recommended. Dress for weather conditions. Bring lunch/snacks and water to drink. Expect to spend the full day in the woods. Rain will cancel.

Hiking Chair

Date: ongoing
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.
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