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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

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

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

Young Members Inter-Chapter Hike on the New England Trail

High point vista on the NET

With half of the autumn leaves still on the trees and the other half covering our path ahead, we all gathered by our cars. Some of us put on our gloves, and some of us wished that we had brought gloves; the cold fall weather came quickly. We exchanged names (and repeated them a few times for memory), reviewed our plan for the day, and then we began our hike.

Celebrate 50 Years of the National Trail System on an NET hike with our adopters!

On October 20th, three of our New England Trail Adopters will be leading a morning hike on Section 16 of the New England Trail in Erving State Forest. This 3.5 mile moderate loop includes beautiful ledge views, a waterfall on the Briggs Brook and the famous Hermit's Castle (pictured). Pre-registration is required and details can be found at: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/108466

Date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am

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