6.5.13 Letter to the Editor

Hiker’s Writings Raise Concerns

By Jon Wolper Valley News Staff Writer
Saturday, June 1, 2013
(Published in print: Saturday, June 1, 2013)

http://mobile.vnews.com/home/6721478-108/hikers-writings-raise-concerns

Begin forwarded message:

From: Nichole Hastings
Date: June 5, 2013 7:28:56 AM EDT
To: “newseditor@vnews.com”
Subject: Re: AT register entries

Dear Valley News Editor,

My colleagues of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and I conferred yesterday about last Saturday’s article in regards to the graphic register entries, fellow leaving them, and Mr. Wolpar’s mis-representation of the facts. In spite of what community members, Trail Angels have said, Mr. Wolpar’s gross mis-prepresentation of the Appalachian Trail is troubling.

Essentially Mr. Wolpar painted a picture that this sort of unusual behavior is typical on the trail and that ‘worrisome’ people may be regularly found traversing the A.T. Neither of those are true. I speak not only for myself as the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator, a Corridor Monitor for the Green Mountain Club but also as a representative of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. These graphic entries and this fellow disturbing other hikers is A-typical and highly unusual. In fact, it’s almost unheard of which is why I and the organizations I represent spread the word quickly through the trail community, local communities and notified the authorities.

I am confused as to why Mr. Wolpar chose to present this story in such a ‘sensationalized’ way and on the words of folks who are not official representatives of the Appalachian Trail. I am confused on how Mr. Wolpar thought that painting such a dark picture of an isolated incident on the trail benefits a community and their perception of the hundreds of thru-hikers that will soon be passing through West Hartford, Norwich and Hanover. I hope that this letter will be shared as to correct this unfortunate error on Mr. Wolpar’s part and his misrepresentation of the trail.

Best regards,
Nichole


Nichole Hastings
Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator
Dartmouth Outing Club
Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Email: doc.at.corridormonitors@gmail.com
DOC AT Boundary Program Schedule: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/appalachiantrail/
Twitter ID: @DartmouthOuting @HAFoAT

Press Release: “Trail Time? Not Quite”

As Always, Mud Season Beckons Caution

By Jared Pendak

Valley News Staff Writer

Thursday, April 18, 2013
(Published in print: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Elm Street AT Kiosk

Nichole Hastings received a disturbing email recently.

As a volunteer Appalachian Trail corridor monitor , Hastings was alerted to the sight of a mountain bike’s tire treads on the AT in Norwich, off of Cossingham Road. As a designated National Scenic Trail, the AT is meant for foot travel only and is subject to National Park Service regulations prohibiting bicycle and motorized travel of any kind, as well any use by riders of “pack animals,” i.e. horses, mules, goats and llamas.

The AT crosses Cossingham Road, a Class IV road near the intersection of Bragg Hill Road and Happy Hill Road that is popular for use among mountain bikers and horseback riders.

“The AT passes over the road, north-to-south,” said Hastings, who coordinates the Dartmouth Outing Club’s trail monitor program and also volunteers with the Green Mountain Club, which maintains the Appalachian Trail from Norwich to Woodstock. “It makes it convenient for ATVs or mountain bikers to go onto the trail, if they’re using that road. What some people don’t realize is that the trail is part of the National Park Service, and that keeping vehicles, including, bikes, off the trail is federally mandated.”

Read more here.

Discover the D.O.C. A.T. Boundary Program

Introduction

to the

Dartmouth Outing Club’s

Appalachian Trail Boundary Program


Do you like to hike?  Are you interested in volunteering your time for a greater good?  Or a local summer escape into Nature with some ‘treasure hunting’?
You may want to consider volunteering to be an Appalachian Trail Corridor Monitor for the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Appalachian Trail Boundary Program.
Please join us at an introductory presentation and learn more about it and how to get involved and volunteer as a D.O.C. A.T. Corridor Monitor.

Date:  April 22, 2011 / April 27, 2011 / May 14, 2011

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 11/11:30 a.m.

Registration: pre-register, e-mail Nichole, limited space, no fee

Location:  Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College


Agenda

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

The Boundary Program Presentation

In this presentation you will learn about how the program operates, the roles, responsibilities and expectations of a volunteer Corridor Monitor for the D.O.C. and A.T.C..

10:00 to 11/11:30 a.m.

A Walk on the Boundary

We will take the presentation on a walk from Robinson Hall to the A.T. Boundary, located near the Chase Field, behind the Co-op Food Store in Hanover, NH.

11/11:30 a.m. to ———-

Conclusion at the Canoe Club (optional)

When we conclude our field presentation, we will walk back and those who are interested may join us for further discussion over coffee.


 
 


What is the ‘Corridor’ and ‘Boundary’?
The Corridor is what we call the tracts of land on either side of the Appalachian Trail.  The Boundary is the yellow blazed ‘line’ delineating the separation of our Federal/State/National Park land from privately owned property.

What is a Corridor Monitor?
They are the dedicated volunteers who hike that ‘line’ monitoring and maintaining the Boundary.

Why monitor and maintain the Boundary?
To monitor and protect the Boundary and Corridor from encroachments such as hunting, timber harvesting and ATV use.


Schedule

April 2011

THURSDAY

21

FRIDAY

22

SATURDAY

23

9:00 a.m. to 11/11:30 a.m.

An Introduction to

the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Appalachian Trail Boundary Program

May 2011

FRIDAY

21

SATURDAY

22

SUNDAY

23

9:00 a.m. to 11/11:30 a.m.

An Introduction to

the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Appalachian Trail Boundary Program

June 2011

FRIDAY

10

SATURDAY

11

SUNDAY

12

MONDAY

13

TBA TBA

July 2011

MONDAY

4

TUESDAY

5

WEDNESDAY

6

THURSDAY

7

FRIDAY

8

SATURDAY

9

SUNDAY

10

 X  X

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

TBA TBA TBA TBA

TBA

 X  X

To become a Corridor Monitor or find out more about the D.O.C. Boundary Program, please contact Nichole Hastings at: nichole.l.hastings@gmail.com