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Reward Yourself by Being the Berkshire Chapter Chair

by Jon Hanauer

Whenever I look back at my term as Berkshire Chapter Chair for 2007–2008, I am always so glad I did it. The rewards and benefits were well worth it. It’s an experience that I will cherish and be proud of for the rest of my days. I found that being Chapter Chair is a challenge with a unique and very positive outcome.

Berkshire Bash in Shutesbury November 1st - Please join us!

Berkshire Bash 2014

Come join us at our Annual Meeting at 6 PM on November 1st at 6:00 PM at Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA; The location offers a large wooded area with many trails for hiking. Members are welcome to come at 2 PM for a short hike to explore the area.

Housatonic Conservation Paddle 9/5

We will take an approximately 4.5 mile paddle down the main stem of the Housatonic River in Lenox, from the Mary Decker Boat Launch on New Lenox Road and take out at Woods Pond. This area is flat water, very scenic, and is located within the Fish & Wildlife Gidge Dary Preserve. This area is also being discussed as a central location for a proposed PCB remediation area. On our trip we will view the area and discuss the potential impacts of the possible remediation and review the various public viewpoints on the subject.

River Cleanup in Great Barrington!

Join the Housatonic Valley Association on Wednesday, August 20th, from 10am – 1pm (lunch provided)
Meet at the end of Church Street on the Housatonic River Walk

(High Water Levels, Pouring Rain, and Thunder or strong threat of thunder cancels)

We will enter the river at the canoe access on the Housatonic River Walk. Canoes will be provided by HVA and BEAT to help move people and the collected trash. Bring a canoe, if you have one. PFDs are required.

Volunteer to harvest Water Chestnuts!

Event Co-sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

​PLACE: ​Forge Pond, Granby, Massach​u​setts
DATE: ​ ​​August 14​, 2014
TIME: ​ ​9​am​ ​to 12:30pm

​Have fun while paddling and help nature at the same time! Water chestnut is an invasive plant that can completely cover shallow ponds and coves, crowding out native plants and depleting oxygen needed by aquatic wildlife species. It's an annual plant that pulls out easily.

Appalachian Trail Maintaining Sections Available

The A.T. Committee is looking for maintainers for three great sections in the southern Berkshires. These are particularly interesting sections of trail, and a volunteer needs a serious commitment to their upkeep. See for the requirements of a Trail Maintainer.

Contact Dave Koerber for more info:

Housatonic River to South Egremont Rd (2.7miles): This mostly flat section across the Housatonic valley experiences rapid plant growth, and some parts need monthly visits May through August. Wildflowers and rare plants abound in this area.

Mt Everett Summit to Elbow Trail (1.8 miles): This higher elevation section is accessed from the Mount Everett summit road in Mt Washington Mass. It contains sections of dense laurel growth and contains about 2 dozen water bars that need annual cleaning. Two overnight sites are on this section, but are covered by other adopters.

Mt Everett Summit to Mt Race Summit (1.8 miles): This rugged section is accessed from the Race Brook Falls Trail on Rt 41. Heavy laurel growth and steep trails make this a challenging section. Great views on both summits and the satisfaction of a job well done are your rewards.

Warrior Hikers visit Noble View, talk at Russell VFW

Cecil Thayer at Blackburn Trail Center

Seven military veterans will pause from their Appalachian Trail hike to rest and meet the public in a special event at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Noble View Outdoor Center and Russell VFW on July 22.
Noble View and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6645 are offering the veterans participating in the Warrior Hike "Walk Off the War" program, including one from Orange, a meal, showers and a rest in a real bed, 19 weeks into their six-month hike from Georgia to Maine.
The public will have an opportunity to meet the hikers during the event on July 22.

CRWC Annual River Celebration

AMC is partnering with the Connecticut River Watershed Council for their Annual River Celebration on Saturday, June 21 at Gillette Castle State Park in CT. This year they are celebrating the expansion of the CT River Paddlers’ Trail, a major initiative that the AMC has been hard working on.

Galehead Hut Backpack

Submitted by Heather Wyman, AMC Berkshire Family Programs Chair

On May 17-18 2014 I led an exciting family backpacking trip to the White Mountain National Forest with 12 Scouts and fathers (AMC members as well) meeting Karen and Al from the PVHC at Galehead Hut. Planning the trip was tricky because originally, 21 people were paid or scheduled to hike, and some of the group needed to cancel last minute, including one parking lot casualty due to a stomach bug. Thanks goes to Lori Tisdell of the PVHC, who just finished her Culinary degree at HCC, who helped design a working menu of dinner and breakfast foods for the self-serve hut. Muah!

Plant a Chestnut Orchard!

As you may know, the American Chestnut tree used to be a prolific provider of nourishment over the winter months, and the tree was found all over the Eastern seaboard. However, in 1904 a bark blight was introduced from Asia, which spread and destroyed almost all the trees. Now, once the tree grows enough to develop bark, the fungus girdles and topples it. The tree still lives with sprouts coming from around the trunk. For many years, dedicated organizations have been trying to breed blight-resistant trees.


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