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2016 MASSACHUSETTS A.T. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WORK PARTY SCHEDULE
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http://massatprojects.blogspot.com
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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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Want this schedule on your calendar?Note: This page was orginally created on March 15, 2016. 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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ICALGoogle Calendar2016 Mass AT Projects
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader Phone
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4/9/2016SaturdayHazardous Tree Identification TrainingLearn about factors to look for when assessing trees that may be hazardous at campsites and trailheads. Preregistration requiredAdam Brownabrown@appalachiantrail.org413-528-8002
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4/12/2016TuesdayEarly Work at UGPCTree removal, and dock repairs at Upper Goose Pond Cabin. Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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4/16/2016SaturdayKCC Clean Up DayJoin AT Volunteers from CT and Mass to help spruce up the Kellogg Conservation Center for the season. Free cookout after work. RSVP RequiredAdam Brownabrown@appalachiantrail.org413-528-8002
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4/19/2016TuesdayPatch Hemlocks Roof. Assess Hazard Trees at Hemlocks, Glen BrookSome light carpentry, then checking trees for damage at both campistes. Easy hike to project site.Don Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148
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4/23/2016SaturdayOne Day Recertification Class for "B" Sawyers. 1st of two available dates.A required class for Sawyers with expiring "A" or "B" certification. Registration Requied by April 8th. First of two offered classesAdam Brownabrown@appalachiantrail.org413-528-8002
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4/23/2016SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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4/24/2016SundayOne Day Recertification Class for "B" Sawyers. 2nd of two available dates.A required class for Sawyers with expiring "A" or "B" certification. Registration Requied by April 8th. First of two offered classesAdam Brownabrown@appalachiantrail.org413-528-8002
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4/26/2016TuesdayOctober Mountain Shelter RepairRepair fire damage to shelter floor. Light carpentry. Easy hike to worksite.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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4/30/2016SaturdayTree Planting at Shays' RebellionCome work with volunteers from the Sheffield Tree Project to plant native trees at the newly renovated Shays' monument on the AT. No hiking. Good half-day project.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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4/30/2016SaturdayOctober Mountain Shelter RepairComplete the repairs to the shelter if needed.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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4/30/2016SaturdayBlowdown Blitz--SouthWork at selected sites in the south part of the County to clear downed trees from winter storms. Contact leader for meeting place. Chainsaw certification is NOT required.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com617-480-8225
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader Phone
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5/2/2016MondayAT Committee--MayMass AT Committee holds its final meeting for the season. 7pm Mt Greylock Visitors CenterJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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5/3/2016TuesdayLaurel Ridge Tentpads, Tree AssessmentRegrade the tentpads at this beautiful campsite. Remove rogue campsites. Check trees for damage. Great spot for lunch. Short, easy hike to worksite.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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5/4/2016WednesdayNatural Resources MonitoringVisit to key natural resource area near the AT. Contact leader for meeting location and time.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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5/6/2016FridayLaurel Ridge Tentpads, Tree AssessmentRegrade the tentpads at this beautiful campsite. Remove rogue campsites. Check trees for damage. Great spot for lunch. Short, easy hike to worksite.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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5/7/2016SaturdayOctober Mountain Shelter Repair, Day 2Complete the repairs to the shelter. Will need a commitment of at least 3 crew to get this done.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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5/10/2016TuesdayReplace Porch at UGPC, Day 1Replace the porch floor on Upper Goose Pond Cabin before the season begins. Day 1 of 4. Mostly materials transport by canoe and placing temporary supportsPete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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5/11/2016WednesdayReplace Porch at UGPC, Day 2Replace the porch floor on Upper Goose Pond Cabin before the season begins. Day 2 of 4. Place porch supports, remove old planksPete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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5/12/2016ThursdayReplace Porch at UGPC, Day 3Replace the porch floor on Upper Goose Pond Cabin before the season begins. Day 3 of 4. Update framing, start installing planksPete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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5/13/2016FridayReplace Porch at UGPC. Day 4Replace the porch floor on Upper Goose Pond Cabin before the season begins. Day 4 of 4. Finish planks, paint/stain.Pete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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5/14/2016SaturdayUpper Goose Pond Cabin OpenOpening day for this iconic hiker's stopover. Bring in fuel, food, take down the shutters, sweep and clean. Meet at Beaver Storage, Rt 20, LeePete Rentzat@amcberkshire.org413-281-5663
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5/14/2016Saturday and SundayWFA Training (AMC at Kellogg Center)--Two daysGet training in Wilderness First Aid with AMC staff and leaders. Registration required. Fee for participatitionAlice Webberawebber@outdoors.org413-528-8003
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5/15/2016SundayBlowdown Blitz--CentralWork at selected sites in the central part of the County to clear downed trees from winter storms. Contact leader for meeting place. Chainsaw certification is NOT required.Debra Weisensteindkweis@alum.mit.edu508-277-4826
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5/17/2016TuesdayField Clearing at Goose Pond RoadWe'll be working with volunteers from Oak and Spruce to clear the fenceline and debris from this field near the AT.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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5/20/2016FridayOvernight Site Caretaker TrainingTrain to become an overnite site caretaker. Contact leader for more infoJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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5/21/2016SaturdayBlowdown Blitz--NorthWork at selected sites in the north part of the County to clear downed trees from winter storms. Contact leader for meeting place. Chainsaw certification is NOT required.John Sullivanjohn.sullivan@waterandsewer.org978-544-5790
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5/24/2016TuesdaySherman Brook Privy RoofReplace the roof on this privy at the quietest campsite in Mass. Approx 1 mile hike to project. Check trees for damage.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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5/28/2016SaturdayHubbard Brook Boardwalk RepairsRepair a fallen section of this boardwalk near Shay's Rebellion. Rubber boots might come in handy.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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5/31/2016TuesdayHubbard Brook Boardwalk RepairsFinish repairs to a fallen section of this boardwalk near Shay's Rebellion.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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DateDayProject NameProject DescriptionLeaderLeader EmailLeader Phone
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6/3/2016FridayOvernight Site Caretaker TrainingTrain to become an overnite site caretaker. Contact leader for more infoJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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6/4/2016SaturdayNational Trails DayJoin our partners Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Great Barrington Trails and Greenways, and Berkshire Natural Resources Council in celebrating our trails near Great Barrington.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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6/5/2016SundayInvasive RemovalRemove invasive plants near the Trail. Location TBDSteve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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6/6/2016MondayNatural Resources MonitoringVisit to key natural resource area near the AT. Contact leader for meeting location and time.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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6/7/2016TuesdayGrafitti Removal, Cheshire Cobble. Day 1 of 2We'll be removing tags from this iconic AT viewpoint. Short moderate hike to work site.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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6/11/2016SaturdaySign Installation, Short Relocation near Tom Leonard ShelterWe'll install some new trail signs at Tom Leonard Shelter, then hike another mile further south and install a short bypass around a wet area. Moderate hikes to work site.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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6/12/2016SundayContinue Central Blowdown Blitz (Beartown Mtn Rd)Finish up clering blowdowns on this section of trailDebra Weisensteindkweis@alum.mit.edu508-277-4826
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6/14/2016TuesdayShaker Privy Roof, PitRepair the roof on this privy. Dig a new pit (easy digging). Short hike to worksiteDon Fairbanksgdfairbanks@nycap.rr.com413-443-1148
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6/18/2016SaturdayCampsite Improvements at Glen Brook CampsiteWe will addres some potentially hazardous trees, install a central fire ring, and possibly bring in a picnic table. Short easy walk to the work site. Meet at Guilder Pond parking area on Mt Everett ReservationJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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6/21/2016TuesdaySteps at Lake Buel RdInstall timber steps where the AT crosses Lake Buel Rd. Easy access.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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6/25/2016SaturdayClear fenceline near Lime Kiln RdClear brush that is pushing the Trail out into agricultural areas. A joint project with partners from AMC Hudson-Mowhawk ChapterDave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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6/28/2016TuesdayComplete Trail Realignment South of Tom Leonard ShelterMost of this 200ft relo is has been brushed out, but we need to do a little work on the footpath and finish up the blazes. 4 mile round trip hike on moderate terrain with a few steep bits.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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7/2/2016SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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7/5/2016TuesdayMore Hubbard Brook workWe're installing the "final" solution to the wandering boardwalk at Hubbard Brook. Should be a short day. Meet at Shay's Rebellion Parking at 9amJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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7/6/2016WednesdayNatural Resources MonitoringVisit to monitor key natural resource area near the AT. Contact leader for meeting location and time.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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7/7/2016ThursdayInvasive RemovalRemove invasive plants near the Trail. Location TBDSteve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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7/8/2016FridayNatural Resources MonitoringVisit to monitor key natural resource area near the AT. Contact leader for meeting location and time.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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7/9/2016SaturdayViewshed Clearing, Warner Hill.Come to the AT's best blueberry patch and clear brush and trees blocking an iconic veiw of Mt GreylockJohn Sullivanjohn.sullivan@waterandsewer.org978-544-5790
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7/12/2016TuesdayCampsite Maintenance, Wilcox North and SouthWe'll dig a new privy hole and address some leaning trees at both these sites. Entry via the backdoor trail--contact leader for meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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7/16/2016SaturdayImprove/Repair Cribbing near Hemlocks ShelterMake repairs to trail on steep slope just south of Hemlocks Sheler. Easy hike to work site.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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7/19/2016TuesdayTrim Phragmities at UGPCCut back invasive Phramites plants and other upkeep project at Upper Goose Pond Cabin. Plenty of time for a swim!Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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7/23/2016SaturdayRock Steps and Waterbars near Wilcox South. Day 1 of 2Continue to harden this steep slope. Easy hike to worksite, then join GB Trails picnic at Beartown State Forest!Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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7/23/2016SaturdayGB Trails/AT Community PicnicJoin AT Community supporters, hikers and trail volunteers for a pot luck picnic at Beartown SF Picnic Area. All are welcome
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7/26/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Cosmo Catalanocatalano.cosmo@gmail.com413-822-0094
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7/30/2016SaturdayNorth Adams AT Community Block PartyCome hike/chill out at the dedication of the Trail's newest AT Community. Food+Music+Hikers+Volunteers!
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8/2/2016TuesdayRestore Laurel Ridge campsites.Brush-in rogue sites an rehab tent pads. Contact leader for meeting place.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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8/6/2016SaturdayWilbur Campsite ImprovementsMove the privy, re-grade tent pads, general maintenanceCosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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8/9/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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8/11/2016ThursdayOpen Space--Habitat Mowing, Goose Pond RdKeep these fields open, improve habitat diversity. Meet at Goose Pond Rd Parking. Dress for brushing and insects.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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8/12/2016FridayOpen Space--Habitat Mowing, TyringhamKeep these fields open, improve habitat diversity. Meet at Tyringham Town Pool parking area, Main Rd. Drss for brushing and insects.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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8/13/2016SaturdayOpen Space--Habitat Mowing, TyringhamKeep these fields open, improve habitat diversity. Meet at Tyringham Town Pool parking area, Main Rd. Drss for brushing and insects.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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8/14/2016SundaySawyer Day at Race Brook Falls campsiteWe'll be clearing some potentially hazardous trees from the campsite area. Excellent opportunity to get in some saw time for Felling and Bucking/Limbing qualified volunteers. Others welcome, but contact leader first. 2 mile uphill hike to work area. Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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8/16/2016TuesdayRepair Rt 41 Bog BridgesPry up these bog bridges from the muck and reset. Replace any failed partsDave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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8/20/2016SaturdayMass Ave CampsitesInstall rocks and swales to make it difficult to camp on these illegal sites. Half Day projectCosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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8/23/2016TuesdayBog Bridges South of Pittsfield RdInstall bog bridges in muddy location.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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8/27/2016SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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8/29/2016MondayAT Committee--SeptemberMass AT Committee. 7pm Mt Greylock Visitors CenterJim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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8/30/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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8/31/2016WednesdayRace Brook Falls ArboristAssist Arborist trimming trees at Race Brook Falls Campsite. Carry out gear. 2 mile up hill hike to worksite.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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9/1/2016WednesdayRace Brook Falls ArboristComplete Tuesday's project. Carry out gear. 2 mile up hill hike to worksite.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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9/3/2016SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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9/5/2016MondayLabor DayNo Project Scheduled
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9/6/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Dave Koerberdkoerber@mindspring.com413-568-4650
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9/10/2016SaturdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.John Sullivanjohn.sullivan@waterandsewer.org978-544-5790
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9/13/2016TuesdayNatural Resources MonitoringMonitor Rate plants on AT Lands in Northern Berkshire. Contact leader for meeting location.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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9/14/2016WednesdayOutlook Ave MowingHelp keep this beautiful pasture land open. We'll be using a tractor, brush cutter and smaller field mowers. Meet at AT crossing of Outlook Ave, Cheshire.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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9/15/2016ThursdayOutlook Ave MowingHelp keep this beautiful pasture land open. We'll be using a tractor, brush cutter and smaller field mowers. Meet at AT crossing of Outlook Ave, Cheshire.Steve Smithstevenhsmith.smith@gmail.com978-821-2916
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9/20/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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9/24/2016SaturdayNorth Adams Campsite RemovalRemove illegal campsites along the Trail north of Mass Ave assisted by Williams College studentsCosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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9/27/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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10/1/2016SaturdayBog Bridges North of Pittsfield RdInstall bog bridges in muddy locations.Cosmo Catalanoat@amcberkshire.org413-822-0094
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10/4/2016TuesdayOpen Project DayProject to be decided. Contact leader for more information and meeting place.Jim Pelletierat@amcberkshire.org413-454-4773
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