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Appalachian Trail

AMC-Berkshire's 'Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee' is responsible for the maintenance, management, and protection of the almost 90 miles of Appalachian Trail within Massachusetts, coordinating the extensive volunteer effort that keeps the trail open and beautiful. We work in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the National Park Service (NPS).

For trail updates, see below.

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, so please check out the season's schedule of trail work days (download from our AT Getting Involved page) and then contact a project leader to join in the fun. No experience is necessary to participate!

We also have some open positions for regular trail maintainers. If you're interested, see AT Getting Involved. Our committee meets regularly at the Mt. Greylock Visitors' Center in Lanesboro, MA.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's monthly newsletter for the volunteers of the Appalachian Trail, their agency partners, and others interested in the stewardship of the Trail is posted online. *The Register*, can be found at http://www.appalachiantrail.org/what-we-do/trail-management-support/volunteer_toolkit/the-register.

This web site has some basic information about hiking on the AT and a list of AT shelters and campsites in Massachusetts. For much much more information about the trail, see the many excellent web sites about the AT.

AT News & Announcements

Annual AT Volunteer Gathering

The Mass AT Management Committee held its 12 Annual Volunteer Gathering on Sat, Feb 1st with over 80 folks filling DCR's South Mountain Headquarters to capacity! Participants included: trail Maintainers, land Monitors, Natural Heritage Monitors, Upper Goose Pond Caretakers, Ridge Runners, Overnight site Caretakers, retired volunteers and over 15 people interested in joining our volunteer efforts. After some updates from the AT Committee Leaders, and Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club partners we broke into groups discussing each of our major volunteer areas to talk about last years efforts and to provide input on this years projects and plans. After plenty of pizza and cake for lunch we reconvened to recognize accomplishments of our most active volunteers; enjoy a raffle of great prizes (including an eclectic collection of stuff left behind in shelters over the past year). After some final comments and discussion we ended our gathering with lots of enthusiasm for the coming season!

Upper Goose Pond Cabin Opening

We will be opening the cabin on May 17th this year. Until then hikers are welcome to use the tent platforms or camp on the porch. Please leave no trace and cooking on the table out back only. Please use the bear boxes at the cabin or at each of the campsites.

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