Thursday, March 10, 2011

NPS - ATC Boundary Program Task Agreement

For any volunteer A.T. Corridor monitors interested is how the ATC is supposed to be regulated by ATPO on how they spend the approx. $100,000 they receive annually from the National Park Service, here's the link to the Federal "Task Agreement".

The vast majority of that funding is supposed to be applied towards exterior corridor boundary maintenance in an effort to insure the National Park Service's $183+ million dollar investment to acquire a permanent protective corridor of lands to buffer the Appalachian National Scenic Trail between Maine and southwest Virginia.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mahoosuc Boundary Adventures with 2010 AMC Teen Crew

Excellent work and kudos to AMC for a second successful Teen Crew season on the AT Corridor boundaries. With the exception of some of the AT corridor boundaries through many parts of ME, it doesn't get much more physically challenging than in the Mahoosucs when it comes to this very important, but often overlooked aspect of AT land management and Trail protection.  Well done!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Another great piece entitled "Beyond the Blazes".  A great write up written by Ben Rose of the Green Mountain Club highlighting the often overlooked, but very important work of corridor monitors and boundary maintainers in VT to help preserve and protect the trail corridor of both the Long Trail and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.  If you're looking for a unique off trail volunteer experience & to help bridge the gap between the trail community and the countless number of landowners that today share a common boundary with the LT and AT Corridors, contact Pete Antos Ketcham at or by phone at (802) 244-7037 Ext. 17.

AMC-Delaware Valley Chapter

Check out the recent AMC Trails Blog post highlighting the dedicated AT Boundary Ambassadors from the Delaware Valley Chapter in PA.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Walk on the Wild Side - Part II by Sally of the Mahoosucs (AMC Mahoosuc Rover)

For a newest installment of EXTREME AT Boundaries - Mahoosuc Style, check out a great blog piece by Sally Manikan (AMCs Mahoosuc Rover) detailing AMC's amazing boundary reclamation efforts for 2009.  The mileage is starting to add up now and piece together: 8 miles total by ATC/AMC cooperative efforts 2005-2007 + 5.75 miles by AMC (so far this year) = 13.75 miles.  Only 14.25 miles left to go and the majority of the most demanding miles have alraedy been tackled.  But the work is NEVER done.  The challenge now is to find some local conservation minded volunteers interested in taking on a monitoring section to walk at least once/year and keep up on the maintenance before the successional spruce/fir regrowth swallows the boundary markings back up again.  If you're willing and able, sign up now to become a Mahoosuc Corridor Steward.  The LINE needs you!

"Let me admit, right off the bat, that I love boundary work because every day starts and ends with a bushwhack. This summer, I’ve punched through pockets of spruce-fir, scaled 500 foot ledges, and walked cleanly through open hardwood forest. I have the scars on my hands, the holes in my shirts, and, embarrassingly, maybe still the spruce needles in my hair, to prove it."