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by Leanna Joyner, ATC's Program Director for Volunteer Relations

Volunteer Leadership Meeting Save the Date

The Volunteer Leadership Meeting (VLM) is planned for Sept 11-13 in New Jersey, not far from Delaware Water Gap. The event is focused on building community and capacity across 14-states through training, tools, resources and practice.

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by ATC National Stewardship Coordinator Alivia Acosta

Picture Perfect

Telling the story of volunteerism along the Appalachian Trail takes more than a thousand words. Here are some tips and tricks to capture the perfect picture.

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by Alivia Acosta

Recognizing the Diverse Dedication of Volunteers

Sometimes a simple thank you does not seem like enough. Understanding volunteers’ motivations, genuine words of appreciation, and small tangible tokens of appreciation can make big differences.

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by Leanna Joyner

Trail Club Success in Retention and Recruitment

Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs are engines of civic engagement along the eastern seaboard. Their work doesn’t begin and end with digging in the dirt; it extends to project planning and the ever-essential aspects of volunteer coordination, which involves sociology and human resource management.

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by Sara Haxby

2019: Banner Year for Boots on the Ground

A.T. Clubs undertook a number of superior accomplishments in 2019; here’s a look at significant achievements by a few A.T. clubs in 2019.

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by Sara Haxby

Trail Safe! Challenge 2020

Trail Safe! offers practical lessons in field leadership for A.T. volunteers, and the start of 2020 begins with competition! Will you be among the first to complete the challenge?

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by Leanna Joyner

Volunteer Numbers Hold Steady While Hours on the Rise

For the 2019 Federal Fiscal Year, 5,867 volunteers contributed 210,923 hours. This is a slight increase of volunteers, just 35 more people than the last reporting period, but an increase of 11,633 hours. Volunteers are holding steady, and the information ATC and its cooperating partners collect and report annually help shape an understanding of trends in volunteerism for the Appalachian Trail.*

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Communities are a part of the Trail experience.

A.T. Communities as Partners

Communities are a part of the Trail experience.

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by Sara Haxby

Bears and Food Storage on the A.T.

Should there be a trailwide regulation for food storage? If so, what should it be?

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by Leanna Joyner

In Defense of the View

Sweeping views & iconic vistas. They make the A.T., but are we poised to protect them?

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by Alivia Acosta

Visitor use Management on the A.T.

The Interagency Visitor Use Management Council releases new guidebook in monitoring and visitor capacity help to find the balance between visitor use and resource protection.

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by Leanna Joyner

2019 Summary of Volunteer Accidents and Close Calls

Since October 2018, there have been five volunteer injuries, and at least one near miss. A quick overview is shared here to help cultivate a culture of safety among A.T. volunteers.

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by Sara Haxby

REI Funds ATC Stewardship Projects

Making volunteer sign-up easy is just one of the ways REI is helping to support stewardship of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

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by Khidhar McKenzie

The Next Generation Joins Konnarock

For the first year ever, ATC offers a shorter version of its flagship Konnarock Trail Crew. Here’s a snapshot of the experience from a participant.

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by Alivia Acosta

Hosting a National Public Lands Day

Find ideas for A.T. Clubs and A.T. Communities to join the nation’s largest one-day celebration of public lands by hosting a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) activity.

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by Sara Haxby

Visitor Center Volunteers

Volunteers give their time to keep the Appalachian Trail open, accessible, and protected. One way they do that is introducing the Trail to the public, at Visitor Centers along the A.T.

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by Alivia Acosta

Safety on the Trail: Visitor Encounters

There’s a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for everything, including encounters with people visiting the Trail. Learn more about personal safety when serving as a volunteer, and some thoughtful ways to be a positive presence for hikers who are also concerned about safety.

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by Alivia Acosta

Konnarock Crew Highlights 2018

Accomplishments from the 2018 Konnarock Crew.

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by Sara Haxby

Share Your Stories of Dean Sims

Please share your stories of Dean Sims below.

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by Alivia Acosta

Lets Talk Trash

The impacts of a well planned trash clean-up event.

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by Leanna Joyner

Tips for Safety Sessions

A good tailgate safety session doesn’t need to be unnecessary lengthy, though it should cover some essentials. This post includes a mnemonic to help frame your next safety briefing, an easy way to introduce safety talks for volunteers, and a video that samples tailgate safety session topics.

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by Brent Botts

Flashback Friday: Hazard Tree Inspections

A Register Flashback with a few ways to assess possible hazard trees on the trail.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Jolly Rovers: Reading the Rock and More Tips on Hammer Use

Learn some tips and tricks for properly using rifting hammers, sledge hammers, stone busters, chisels, and hand points as well as what it means to “read the rock.”

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by Natrieifia Miller

Lessons Learned- Mitigating Medical Emergencies on the Trail

Recently there was an unfortunate death of a volunteer work trip not affiliated with the Appalachian Trail, but provides important insights that A.T. volunteers can benefit from knowing. Here are some of the “Lessons Learned,” noted by the trip leader on that day.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Why Wilderness First Aid Is Worth It

Being prepared is a virtue of any avid outdoors person. Knowing how to care for yourself or anyone else when an accident occurs is a key part of being prepared. In this article the differences between basic urban first aid and wilderness first aid are laid out, along with some a few additional perks of taking a wilderness first aid course.

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by Matt Drury and Natrieifia Miller

Forest Health: Impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer on Trail Maintenance

In this article we explore the detrimental impacts of the emerald ash borer on ash trees and why it is important for trail maintainers and volunteers to be knowledgeable about these, and similar impacts.

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by Pete Rentz and William (Bill) Van Horn

Flashback- Chain Saw Pack: One of those nice-and-easy do-it-yourself projects!

Some great tips on creating a chain saw pack for sawyers on the go!

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by Natrieifia Miller

Club Round Up: Looking for a Sign?

This post features a look at the process and price of sign management from various clubs across the A.T.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Club Round Up: A.T Communities and Clubs Partnerships

Today we’re highlighting some of the successes that happen when our A.T. Communities and A.T. maintaining Clubs come together.

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by Robert "Bob" Proudman

Tips on Tons: Tools and Techniques – Simple Machines and Mechanical Advantage (Part 2 of 2)

This Flashback Friday post highlights an article from Bob Proudman in the November 1984 issue of The Register newsletter. The article offers more insights into different mechanisms and tools for moving and handling heavy materials out on the Trail. Header image: Jefferson Rock project: Mid-Atlantic crew 1990s

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by Natrieifia Miller

Nantahala Hiking Club Helps Trail Users Do the Right Thing

Nantahala Hiking Club takes action to rehabilitate the highly used White Oak Stamp campsite, implementing techniques that help users make informed camping decisions.

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by Amanda Wheelock

Working with New Audiences: Sharing a Chance to Love the Outdoors

Just like the outdoors, things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows when it comes to outreach. But as any avid outdoors person knows, with proper tools and preparation the most can be made out of unideal conditions. Here are some tips for making the most out of opportunities to share outdoor experiences with new adventurers!

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by Gannon Coffey

Tips for Silent Sawyers

This Flashback Thursday post highlights an article from Gannon Coffey July 1986 issue of The Register newsletter. The article offers guidelines for using a cross-cut saw.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Club Profile: AMC Young Members Engagement

Suzannah Hatch is the AMC Volunteer Relations Coordinator. In the past few years she’s been working to cultivate young member activities through AMC and its chapters. Find out her tips for clubs committed to encouraging younger members involvement.

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by Robert "Bob" Proudman

Tips on Tons: Moving Big Heavy Logs and Rocks (part 1 of 2)

This Flashback Thursday post highlights an article in the November 1984 issue of The Register by Robert D. Proudman. The article provides tips to make moving heavy materials a little less physically taxing on individuals.

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by Kayla Carter

An Open Invitation to Give Back to the Land

Kayla Carter, ATC Next Gen Advisory Council Member and Trail maintainer, describes the positive effects volunteering on the Trail has had on her life.

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by Robert "Bob" Proudman

Flashback- Hanging up the Axe

This Flashback Thursday post highlights an article in the June 1983 issue of The Register by Robert D. Proudman. The article provides a step-by-step process for “hanging” or rehandling, an axe. The technique is also useful for rehandling other useful Trail work tools. (Bob is on the left in the picture above.)

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by Niasha Hamilton

The Making of an Elite Trail Maintainer: S.W.E.A.T. Crew

The CLC provides valuable training and work experience to 18- to 25-year-olds who are new to the outdoors by offering professional development in the fields of natural resource and trail management. Niasha Hamilton, is a 2016 member of this inaugural program. In this post she gives a brief description of CLC’s week long hitch with the S.W.E.A.T. crew!

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by Amanda Wheelock

Promoting Engagement and Future Stewardship through Family Hiking Day 2016

Four approaches to successful family hiking and encouraging new participation with the Trail!

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by Thurston Griggs

Flashback: How Can Drought Cause Erosion?

This Flashback Thursday post highlights an excerpt from Thurston Griggs’ article in the November 1983 issue of The Register. The article details how drought can be just as much a problem for creating erosion as consistent rainfall.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Club Round Up: Publicity

In this week’s Club Round Up we take a look into different ways various clubs publicize all the great events they host.

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by Natrieifia Miller

How MYLES and CLC Helped Me Rediscover My Passion for Conservation

The CLC provides valuable training and work experience to 18- to 25-year-olds who are new to the outdoors by offering professional development in the fields of natural resource and trail management. Natrieifia was not a member of the inaugural CLC program this summer but spent a great deal of time with them throughout the summer. This post recounts the week spent at Purchase Knob Learning Center with MYLES of Science and CLC, performing many different types of field data collection.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Jolly Rovers- Moving Rocks: Rock Work Techniques

This is the third installment of our Jolly Rovers series. Learn about the many different techniques used when working with large rock during trail maintenance and construction.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Flashback: Trail Musings from 1985

This Flashback Thursday post highlights an excerpt from Bob Leone’s “Trail Musings” article in the November 1985 issue of The Register. The excerpt focuses on maintenance of the Trail and why a minimum of four maintenance trips per year on a section should be a best practice for every trail maintainer.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Stone Busters and Hammers: Safety Tips with the Jolly Rovers

Learn the proper technique for wielding stone busters along with hearing a harrowing story that illustrates the importance of being aware of one’s “blood bubble” at all times.

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by Ayelen Lucia “Lucy” Crespo

Brushing Up on Our Skills: Wilderness Skills Institute (WSI)

The CLC provides valuable training and work experience to 18- to 25-year-olds who are new to the outdoors by offering professional development in the fields of natural resource and trail management. Ayelen Lucia “Lucy” Crespo, is a 2016 member of this inaugural program. In this post she gives a brief description of CLC’s two weeks during the annual Wilderness Skills Institute (WSI)!

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by Morgan Sommerville

Stomp Stobs Flashback!

This Flashback Thursday post comes from Morgan Sommerville from May 1986. He shares not just his personal experience with stobs, but why attention to their removal makes the Trail a better place.

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by Natrieifia Miller

Pick Mattock Safety Tips with the Jolly Rovers

The Jolly Rovers give some key safety tips for handling a pick mattock in this short video!

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by Natrieifia Miller

Club Round-up: Grants

This week’s Club Round-up focus is on grants. Find out how clubs are using grant resources to fund important projects.

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