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2017 MASSACHUSETTS A.T. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WORK PARTY SCHEDULE
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http://massatprojects.blogspot.com
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https://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsAT
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Work projects are open to all--no prior experience is necessary. Please note that some projects require a moderate hike to and from the work site.
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Please contact the listed leader for meeting place, and if you have any questions about the planned work. We generally meet at the trailhead at 9am and are headed back to the trailhead no later than 4pm. If you only have a partial day available, we'd be happy to accommodate you--just let the project leader know.
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Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch and plenty of water to drink.
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Note: This page was originally created on March 15, 2017. We've probably made some changes since then. The live, up-to-the-minute version of this schedule can be found at this link (hover, then click the text that appears):
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2017 Mass AT Projects
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader PhoneMAP
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4/11/2017TuesdayNopel Privy Work, and Planning Visit (conditions permitting)This project has been postponed until a later date due to snow pack conditions. Seems like we were a bit optimistic regarding snowmelt this year...Don Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148Map to Mt Greylock Visitors Center
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4/15/2017SaturdayChainsaw 1-day recert courseRecertification for B-Level Sawyers. Pre-Registration requiredAdam Brownabrown@appalachiantrail.org413-528-8002
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4/15/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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4/18/2017TuesdayUGPC Sign InstallInstall a new sign at Upper Goose Pond. Some materials will travel via canoe. Check with Leader for meeting location.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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4/22/2017SaturdayRepairs to UGPCRepair damage to rear door of cabin and perform maintenance on dock.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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4/23/2017SundayBlotz to Tully Boundary MaintenanceThis Sunday project will maintain the boundary of AT Lands near Blotz Rd in Hinsdale. Great off-trail hiking! Contact Leader for meeting locationDave Pirogdpirog@charter.net413-593-3884
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4/25/2017TuesdayBlotz to Tully Boundary MaintenanceAnother opportunity for boundary maintenance of AT Lands near Blotz Rd in Hinsdale. Great off-trail hiking! Contact Leader for meeting locationCosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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4/29/2017SaturdayCentral Blowdown BlitzWe'll be clearing trees and limbs from winter storms between Pittsfield Rd and Blue Hill Rd. Contact Leader for meeting place. No chainsaw skills are required.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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4/29/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader PhoneMAP
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5/1/2017MondayFinish Central Blowdown BlitzFinish up any remaining downed trees or limbs. Contact Leader for meeting place.Debra Weisensteindkweis@alum.mit.edu508-277-4826
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5/1/2017MondayAT CommitteeOur last AT Committee meeting until SeptemberJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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5/1/2017MondayNatural Resources--Sheffield ash tree prepWe'll prep the area around an historic Ash tree for professional herbicide treatment to protect it from Emerald Ash Borer. Additionally, we'll install some new posts for blazes in the adjacent farm field. Meet at Kellogg and Boardman Streets, Sheffield.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916Work project parking at Boardman and Kellogg
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5/3/2017WednesdayNatural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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5/6/2017SaturdayBlowdown Blitz, SouthWe'll be clearing trees and limbs from winter storms on the southern part of the Trail. Contact Leader for meeting place. No chainsaw skills are required.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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5/7/2017SundayEast Mtn Boundary MaintenanceThis Sunday project will maintain the boundary of AT Lands near Home Rd in Great Barrington. Join us for a unique off-Trail experience! Contact Leader for meeting location.Dave Pirogdpirog@charter.net413-593-3884
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5/9/2017TuesdayNopel Privy Work, and Planning Visit We'll repair the door on the privy and empty the compost. Also on this trip will be scouting for future tent pad locations and a damage assessment of a washed uot section of trail south of the shelter. Meet at the Mt Greylock Visitor's Center at 9am.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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5/13/2017SaturdayOpen Upper Goose Pond CabinOpening Day at this iconic Trail stop. Treasured by all AT hikers.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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5/16/2017TuesdayCrystal Mt Campsite Privy Maintenance--CancelledTime for a new pit for this privy. Easy digging at a great campsite. Steep short hike to project. Meet at Whitneys Farm Store, Rt 8, CheshireDon Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148Map to project meeting place.
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5/20/2017SaturdayCrystal Mtn Privy Dig--RescheduledTime for a new pit for this privy. Easy digging at a great campsite.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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5/23/2017TuesdayRepair Sidehill South of Old Adams RdRepair a section of Trail that's fallen off the hillside south of Old Adams Rd. Meet at Jones' Nose Parking Area on Mt Greylock. Moderate hike to worksite.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773Map to Jones' Nose Parking Area
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5/27/2017SaturdaySign Installation--Upper Goose Pond CabinWe'll be installing the sign at the channel entrance between the upper and lower pond. Easy hike to worksite. Light carpentry. Beautiful location. Meet at Beaver Storage, R20 east of Lee at 9am.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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5/30/2017TuesdayHemlock Shelter Roof ReplacementSeveral leaks in this ageing roof. We'll replace the whole thing. 2nd day on this project on June 6th.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader PhoneMAP
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6/3/2017SaturdayNational Trails Day--10am, Pat Fletcher Dedication, Southwick.We'll be travelling to Southwick to dedicate a portion of the New England Scenic Trail to long-time Berkshire Chapter trail volunteer, Pat Fletcher. Much of the NET was made possible by his decades of work.
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6/6/2017TuesdayHemlock Shelter Roof Replacement--CANCELLED. Rescheduled for June 17thSeveral leaks in this ageing roof. We'll replace the whole thing. 2nd day on this project on June 6th.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773Parking Near Shays' Rebellion Monument
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6/10/2017SaturdayNatural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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6/10/2017SaturdayCooper Brook BridgeWe will start the repairs on this long bridge across a beautiful beaver meadow. Easy hike to the worksite, expect muddy conditions. Meet a Goose Pond Rd AT Parking in Tyringham.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663AT Parking on Goose Pond Rd.
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6/11/2017SundayNatural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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6/12/2017MondayNatural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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6/13/2017TuesdayCooper Brook BridgeDay 2 of this bridge projectPete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663AT Parking on Goose Pond Rd.
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6/17/2017SaturdayComplete Hemlocks Roof ReplacementFinishing up this project by installing metal roof panels.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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6/18/2017SundayLaurel North of UGPC Side TrailThis Sunday project is to clip back laurel bushes from the AT north of Goose Pond Cabin. Moderate hike to worksite. Tools will be provided. Contact Leader for meeting locationDebra Weisensteindkweis@alum.mit.edu508-277-4826
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6/20/2017TuesdayHairpin Turn Bog BridgesWe'll be replacing some rotting bog bridges near Rockwell Rd on Mt Greylock. Meet at the Mt Greylock Visitors Center in Lanesborough. Easy hike to worksite.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094Map to Mt Greylock Visitors Center
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6/24/2017SaturdayRepair Oct Mtn PrivyWe need to make some repairs on this aging privy. We will need some helpers to get it tipped onto it's side. Not as gruesome as it sounds, but we'll provide some gloves. Meet at West Branch Rd AT Crossing.Don Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148Map to West Branch Rd
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6/27/2017TuesdayHop Brook Boardwalk ReloHop Brook is starting to undermine the adjacent boardwalk. We'll be shifting a few sections further from the stream. Meet at Tyringham Main Rd AT crossing.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663Map to Tyringham Main Rd
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader PhoneMAP
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7/1/2017SaturdayOpen Project Day/Finish Hop BrookProject is TBD, or we'll finish Tuesday's work at Hop Brook.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663Map to Tyringham Main Rd
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7/6/2017ThursdayNatural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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7/7/2017FridayNatural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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7/8/2017SaturdayRepaint Tom Leonard ShelterWe have a variety of projects to do at Tom Leonard Shelter, including a new coat of paint. Moderate 1 mil hike to shelter. Meet at Lake Buel Rd AT parking.Don Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148Map to Lake Buel Rd AT Parking
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7/11/2017TuesdayImprove Trail Drainage South of Fernside RdRe-grading switchbacks on this steep hillside to improve drainage. Short hike to worksite. Parking is limited, contact Leader for meeting info.Debra Weisensteindkweis@alum.mit.edu508-277-4826
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7/12/2017WednesdayCultural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring cultural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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7/15/2017SaturdayTom Leonard Tenting ProjectAdding a tent platform to this popular overnight site alng with other improvements and repair. Moderate hike to shelter area. Meet at Lake Buel Rd AT parking.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094Map to Lake Buel Rd AT Parking
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7/18/2017TuesdayTom Leonard Tenting ProjectAdding a tent platform to this popular overnight site alng with other improvements and repair. Moderate hike to shelter area. Meet at Lake Buel Rd AT parking.Jim Niedbalskijimniedbalski@aol.comMap to Lake Buel Rd AT Parking
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7/22/2017SaturdayBuild Tom Leonard Tenting Platforms, Repair Trail CribbingAdditional work at Tom Leonard Shelter. We'll wrap up in time to join the AT Community celebration at 5pm.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650 Map to Lake Buel Rd AT Parking
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7/22/2017SaturdayGB AT Community Day PicnicJoin the Great Barrington AT Community Celebration at Beartown State Forest Picnic Area starting around 5pm. All are welcome.
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7/25/2017TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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7/29/2017SaturdayNA AT CommunityAM Hikes and a lunchtime cookout to celebrate the 2nd year of North Adams as an AT Community. All are welcome. Hikes at 9am, lunch at noon. Meeting at Greylock School on Phelps Ave (the A.T.) in North Adams.
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8/1/2017TuesdayBuild 3rd Privy Crib at Wilbur ShelterWe'll be adding a third crib to this slow-acting moldering privy. Easy carry to the worksite, light carpentry. Meet at Wilbur Clearing parking on Notch Rd, Mt Greylock.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094Wilbur Clearing Parking on Notch Rd
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8/4/2017FridayBiennial Starts (Maine)ATC's Biennial Meeting is in Maine--we'll be on hiatus for a few days
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8/5/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.John Sullivanjohn.sullivan@waterandsewer.org978-544-5790
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8/8/2017TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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8/10/2017ThursdayTyringham MowingMowing A.T.-owned open fields in Tyringham. Important for preserving the iconic New England trail landscape Fun with heavy machinery. Contact Leader for today's meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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8/11/2017FridayTyringham MowingMowing A.T.-owned open fields in Tyringham. Important for preserving the iconic New England trail landscape Fun with heavy machinery. Contact Leader for today's meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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8/12/2017SaturdayTyringham MowingMowing A.T.-owned open fields in Tyringham. Important for preserving the iconic New England trail landscape Fun with heavy machinery. Contact Leader for today's meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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8/12/2017SaturdayUpper Goose Pond Cabin Caretaker Trail culvert repairsThe culvert that protects the super-secret UGPC caretaker's trail is in need of some shoring up. We can drive right to the work site. Meet at Beaver Storage, Rt 20, Lee.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663Map to Beaver Storage
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8/15/2017TuesdayComplete Hemlocks Roof ReplacementOne more day to button up this shelter for the winter.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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8/19/2017SaturdayDalton AT CommunityDalton will become an offical AT Community today! Come an celebrate with the citizens of this iconic Trail Town. We'll kick off the day with a new coat of stain on Kay Wood Shelter
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8/19/2017SaturdayPaint Kay Wood ShelterProject is part of Dalton's AT Community celebration. Work 9am-12, then head back to town for a picnic and dedication. Short, moderate hike to worksite.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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8/22/2017TuesdayComplete Wilbur Privy CribA few more sticks of lumber are needed to finish up this project. Half day of work.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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8/26/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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8/28/2017MondayAT CommitteeCommittee meeting to recap the season. Mt Greylock Visitors Center, 7pm.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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8/29/2017TuesdayClean up Tool ShedWe'll tidy up the tool shed and clean and sharpen toolsCosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader PhoneMAP
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9/2/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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9/9/2017SaturdayW.South Privy StainingA short day getting a coat of stain on the privy at Wilcox South. Easy hike to worksite. Meet at Beartown State Forest, Benedict Pond boat launch.Don Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148Benedict Pond meeting place
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9/10/2017SundayOutlook Ave MowingWe'll be keeping this field open for sweeping views to the east. A hidden A.T. gem. Meet at Outlook Ave, Cheshire.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916Outlook Ave AT Crossing
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9/11/2017MondayOutlook Ave MowingWe'll be keeping this field open for sweeping views to the east. A hidden A.T. gem. Meet at Outlook Ave, Cheshire.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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9/12/2017TuesdayOutlook Ave MowingDay 3 of this project as needed--or Leader's choice.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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9/16/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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9/19/2017TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Andrea Franklinafranklin@outdoors.org
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9/23/2017SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.John Sullivanjohn.sullivan@waterandsewer.org978-544-5790
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9/26/2017TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Andrea Franklinafranklin@outdoors.org
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10/1/2017SundayLake Buel Rd to East Mtn SFA nice fall day off-Trail on the AT Boundary in Great Barrington. Contact Leader for meeting location.Dave Pirogdpirog@charter.net413-593-3884
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10/3/2017TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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10/12/2017ThursdayNatural or Cultural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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10/13/2017FridayNatural or Cultural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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10/14/2017SaturdayNatural or Cultural Resources ProjectA project day devoted to preserving and monitoring natural resources on AT Lands. Contact Leader for details and meeting place.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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10/14/2017SaturdayNatural or Cultural Resources ProjectCome explore the newest AT Corridor acquisition near Warner Hill. Join skilled trackers on a transect through the rich habitats on this property.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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10/15/2017SundayBoardman to Home Rd boundaryAnother great fall day in the deep woods on June MountainDave Pirogdpirog@charter.net413-593-3884
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10/17/2017TuesdayUpper Goose Pond Cabin firewoodWe'll be felling some aging birch trees for next year's firewood supply at the Cabin. There's work for non-chainsaw folks too. Meet at Beaver Storage, Rt 20, Lee.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094Map to Beaver Storage
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10/21/2017SaturdayDock will be removed on Sunday Oct 22nd when we close the cabin.This is the last season for our old dock. It will be replaced next spring, but we want to get it broken down and ready to transport before the snow flies.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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10/22/2017SundayClose Upper Goose Pond CabinClose up the Cabin for the season--the traditional end of our project year.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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