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Appie of the Year Award

The Berkshire Chapter presents the "Appie of the Year" Award every November at its Annual Meeting.

The award recognizes outstanding sustained commitment in service and leadership in the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Leave No Trace Workshop at Stanley Park, Westfield MA

Do you enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about how to protect the outdoor places you love? Join us for a Leave No Trace Workshop, led by the Appalachian Mountain Club, focusing on fostering stewardship through our own practices in the outdoors. We will spend an hour hiking on the beautiful trails in Stanley Park, periodically stopping along the way to discuss the 7 principals of Leave No Trace. This is an interactive course, with users encouraged to bring fresh perspectives and questions for conversation surrounding sustainable habits in the outdoors.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Gathers for a Cool Celebration on a Hot Day

Through-hikers chow down
Adam Morris, MA DCR Beartown Park Supervisor, Deb Phillips and Christina Ward, AT Trail Day Co-Chairs
(Left to Right) Jim Pelletier, Past Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee and Adam Brown, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Trails Resource Manager, New England; with Cosmo Catalano, Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee in background heroically grilling on a very hot day
A trio of our through-hiker guests
Through hikers
Through hiker

It was a very hot day, but that did not deter locals and through-hikers from gathering to celebrate Great Barrington’s connection with the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, July 20, at Beartown State Forest. The 7th Annual Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day included trail maintenance at Glen Brook and Hemlocks overnight sites in Mount Everett State Reservation and a guided wildflower walk around Benedict Pond led by Judy Schumer. A longer hike was cancelled due to weather conditions.

TRAILWORK DAY ALONG THE NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, ERVING LEDGES

Join the New England Trail Committee and AMC-Berkshire Chapter Trail volunteers for an interchapter event: basic maintenance day on NET Section 16. You may know this section for the spectacular Erving Ledges and Hermit Castle. We will do a 5 mile loop hike that will include both of these spots while clearing a few blowdowns, raking out leaves and other basic maintenance as needed. It will be a great way for new people to see what we do on our trails, and ask questions about helping adopt (or co-adopting) a section of trail of your own. Holding up ledges not required.

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:00am

Berkshire Chapter Email Newsletter Signup

Through the AMC-supported ‘My Outdoors’ website, Berkshire Chapter members may opt-in to receive e-mail notice of new issues of our Chapter newsletters. The primary Chapter newsletter is the Berkshire Exchange, but several of the Chapter activity committees issue periodic newsletters of their own.

To opt in for e-mail notice of any Chapter newsletter, follow these steps::

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter - April 2019

Check out the latest issue of the Appalachian Trail Newsletter!

In this issue:

Chapter Potluck: Wildlife of the Berkshires, Invasive Water Chestnuts

Please join us for a potluck dinner.  Meet new people, reconnect with old friends, share food and learn more about Chapter activities.

Date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Appalachian Trail Project Schedule for 2019

The AT Committee has finalized our Project Schedule for the 2019 season.  Projects offer a wide range of experiences from off-trail boundary maintenance to light duty days at Upper Goose Pond Cabin.  This link will be updated as the season develops:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iDbOZ3hNSzqLfk1bl-LTI1jIrxeMsLcvAKXnVa4A2G4/edit#gid=0

Projects are also listed on Outdoors.org under AMC Volunteer Activities:

NET Trail/Crew Adopter Opportunity

Join New England Scenic Trail committee members and adopters at their spring kick-off meeting! Learn about our accomplishments over the past year, and consider becoming part of our new roving volunteer trail crew or partnering up with current trail adopters. Extensive training is available for those who qualify to be part of our crew. Click here to learn more and register.

Date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

Appalachian Trail Volunteers Gather for 17th Annual Celebration in Great Barrington

Group photo AMC Berkshire Chapter Volunteer Appreciation Day

More than 75 current, former and prospective Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Berkshire Chapter volunteers, spouses and friends, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff met recently in Great Barrington at the 17th Annual Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Volunteer Gathering to share information and find out more about volunteering. The meeting was organized by Christine Ward from the Great Barrington Trails and Greenways.

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