Project Description: Volunteers will be maintaining the surveyed boundary lines of the corridor of NPS lands that protect the Appalachian Trail. Using survey maps and hand-held compasses, the crew will monitor and maintain the boundaries of park service lands immersed in fall color. Work involves traversing hillsides and skirting wild rivers to repaint yellow boundary blazes, post signs, and use loppers and hand saws to clear a line of sight between blazes. Boundary work includes bushwhacking that is conducted off trail and is thus much more tiring than similar work done on the trail.
Hosting Organization: Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 5 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Strenuous
Minimum Age: 14
Area and Attractions: The crew will be working in the rugged mountains of western Maine in the AT corridor along the West Branch of the Piscataquis River and camping along the shores of Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in the eastern mountains. Moosehead Lake and the nearby town of Greenville are year round destinations for outdoor recreation of hiking, paddling, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The campsite and worksite are well away from the seaboard cities. At night, loon cries and moose bugles echo across the water under starry skies. Urban noises and light pollution are a distant memory here. Find solace in the wilderness of Maine!
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in car camping tent sites on Moosehead Lake. The lakeside campsite is equipped with a fire ring, pit toilets and a hand pump for potable water. Flush toilets, hot showers, and running water are available a short distance away in the main campground. ATC will provide cooking gear. There are no amenities at the work site. During the work day, human waste needs to be buried 6-8 inches deep. Water is available and group leaders will carry emergency water treatment, but we recommend that volunteers carry the water that they will need for the day with them. Volunteers should bring their own personal utensils and dishes including a bowl, eating utensils, and a mug.
Climate Information: The weather in the western Maine mountains in September ranges broadly and changes throughout the day. Fall colors will be approaching their peak and fall temperatures could be as cool as the 30's or 40's at dawn. Daytime temperatures will likely range from the 50's to 70's. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag rated down to at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit as we could wake up to one of the first frosts of the season. Both crisp, clear days and gray rainy weather are typical for fall in Maine so volunteers should be prepared for either side of fall. Warm clothing and both a rainjacket and rain pants are essential pieces of gear for this time of year.
Travel Information: No airport pickup provided for this trip. The closest airports are Portland International Jetport or Bangor International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 15