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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.

Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Recreational Outdoor Cycling

Recreational cycling is a great way to have fun in the outdoors, while maintaining good health and fitness. Still, to enjoy the full benefits of outdoor riding, there are a few things you need to do before, during and after you ride.

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- June 2019

Check out the latest issue of the Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Recent Volunteer Days
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • Cooridor Monitoring
  • Upcoming Events
  • Hours Report
  • Contact Us

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

Twelve cyclists enjoyed a spring warm-up ride together in the Pioneer Valley

AMC cyclists in front of Sunderland's Buttonball tree

Twelve AMC members, including three volunteer leaders, met in Hadley on a beautiful spring day to enjoy a recreational group ride in the Pioneer Valley.

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.

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:

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