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Should the Berkshire Chapter Change its Name?

Western Massachusetts region

We need your feedback now.

We are asking our members to share your thoughts on a potential chapter name change.

Noble View Outdoors Center Trail Adopters Needed!

Noble View Outdoor Center Trail Adopters

Do you like walking in the woods? You can learn to care for the trails you enjoy by becoming an AMC Trail Adopter right here in Massachusetts. AMC’s Adopt-A-Trail program enables volunteers to take ownership on a section of specific trail and oversee basic maintenance of that trail. The prospective adopter chooses from a list of open trails in the Noble View trail network and plans at least one work trip per month to check on trail conditions, clear drainage areas, lop the corridor, and dig into small projects as well as report on larger trail issues.

Appalachian Trail Is Opening Up to Volunteers!

We are slowly beginning to start trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail. 

Attached is the PDF link (or Google Drive link if you prefer) to our work days if you wish to join. 

COVID-19 Resources for Activity Leaders

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely.

The resumption of activities will occur in phases. Effective June 22, AMC is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Online Refresher Training for Chapter Activity Leaders

The Berkshire and Worcester Chapter outdoor leadership instructors teamed up to provide a series of refreshers seminars for existing leaders during June and July 2020. These topics are updated with the most recent information from AMC’s Outdoor Learning Institute and the Leadership Requirements and Guidelines.

Volunteer-led Activities to Resume after June 22nd

Although the COVID 19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. 

On June 22 we will begin offering volunteer-led activities in small groups employing social distancing measures. Group size will be capped at ten (10) participants including leaders. Activity leaders are receiving training on new trip safety protocols and procedures. 

Appalachian Trail Volunteer Opportunities

Appalachian Trail Volunteer Opportunities

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

The Women of Paddling

The Women of Paddling

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

The Berkshire chapter is blessed to have many strong female leaders within its volunteer ranks. This year, two of our officers are women (our vice chair and our treasurer), and women lead our Bicycling, Outings, and Paddling committees. In fact, the chapter’s paddling operation has recently been revitalized thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of three amazing women: Mary Therese Durr, Bonna Wieler, and Dee Dice.

History of the Northwest Cemetery

History of the Northwest Cemetery

By: Leah Brodsky, Social Media Editor

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- June 2020

In this Issue we discuss:

  • Covid-19 Update
  • Corridor Monitoring Coordinator Position
  • Remote Opportunities
  • History Through Stories
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • ATC Survey

You can check out the newsletter here!

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