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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

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

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter - April 2019

Check out the latest issue of the Appalachian Trail Newsletter!

In this issue:

Trip Report: Whitewater Paddling on the Quaboag River

Trip Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Initially the trip was scheduled for the Porkbarrel section of the Westfield, which is totally dependent on natural flow. During the week, the level would rise and then fall, as if to tease us. By Saturday afternoon, it was obvious that we had to change plans.

The Quaboag is always a good choice. Although the scenery is not as splendid as the Porkbarrel, the paddling is a half-step up. Moreover, whereas all in the group had run the Porkbarrel not all had run the Quaboag. Variety is a good thing.

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:

Senate Passes Land and Water Conservation Legislation

On February 12th, the United States Senate voted 92 to 8 to pass legislation that included permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund ( LWCF). The LWCF, which is supported by a share of the income the federal government receives from off-shore oil and other leases, is the principal source of federal funds for land acquisition for parks and reserves as well as  for recreational developments.

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.

The Berkshire Exchange Resumes Publication in 2019!

We are excited to announce that The Berkshire Exchange, the Chapter's periodic newsletter, will resume publication in Spring 2019! We have a brand-new newsletter in store for you and we need your help! What are we looking for?

Over 70 and still ripping up the miles

Jan Alicia Nettler and companions on the Seven Sisters Trail

Jan Alicia Nettler, former Chapter Chair, recently led a challenging hike on the Holyoke Range accompanied by 16 senior citizens, most in their seventies. Her goal was to prove that "older people still can do more than people expect us to do." Her article on the activity was recently published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Read the full article here.

BERKSHIRE/WORCESTER CHAPTER LEADER TRAINING

Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader, or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, leader awareness, and decision-making.

Location: Nature's Classroom, 73 Pumpkin Lane, Charlton MA

Cost: Adult: $60 member / $65 non-member; Youth: $60 member / $65 non-member. Cost includes all training materials, course instructions, meals and overnight accommodations.

Date: 
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

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