The Chapter's AT Committee has put together this season's work party schedule: Link: https://goo.gl/SErKyi. The AT is managed and maintained by volunteers of all skill levels and interests--no prior experience is needed to participate. The Mass section of the Trail is highly regarded for the excellent condition of its treadway and facilities, as well as its iconic setting--your participation is key to continuing that high standard. Please contact the listed leader for any last minute changes or if you have questions about a specific project.
published by seanhanson on Thu, 12/29/2016 - 8:29am
The Berkshire Chapter Executive Committee is the top level of chapter leadership, representing all the committees that keep our chapter moving. Joining the Executive Committee is an excellent opportunity to lead an area you’re passionate about and help guide the chapter’s activities.
published by seanhanson on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 9:27am
We're excited to announce that award-winning mountaineer and author Ed Webster will be the speaker at this year's Berkshire Bash - our chapter's annual meeting and dinner. The 2016 Berkshire Bash will take place the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Please save the date, and watch out for further details and ticket information in September.
AMC is working with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to create primitive campsites in Montague and Whately, MA as part of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, http://www.connecticutriverpaddlerstrail.org. Volunteers are needed to help us build the campsites during the weeks of July 4 and July 11. We are also in need of volunteers to help maintain the two campsites once they are built. Any interested maintainers are invited to attend a campsite maintenance training on Saturday, July 9th.
published by seanhanson on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 3:47pm
Our New England Trail (NET) Committee works to ensure the protection and promotion of the NET for the enjoyment of current and future generations. This is done through a combination of maintenance work and public advocacy. The committee is led by a chairperson elected to a one-year term by members of the Berkshire Chapter at our Annual Meeting each November.
published by andytarr on Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:38pm
The A.T. Committee 2016 Work Schedule is now live at https://tinyurl.com/AT-Projects-2016. Check it out and consider giving us a day or two this summer. We've got projects ranging from rare plants to rebuilding the front porch of Upper Goose Pond Cabin, and you can choose to spend a whole or a half-day caring for the this world famous trail. Best to contact the listed leader for last minute info. Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for our next scheduled workday this Saturday on National Trails Day (Saturday, June 7). Section 08 Adopter Mike Zlogar will be leading us to finish a ¼ mile relocation just behind the Notch Visitors Center.
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.