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

Historic Hiking Gear (50’s & 60’s) and Appalachian Trail/Dartmouth Outing Club Documents

velvet rocks sign

Image by nicholaslaughlin via Flickr

The Hanover (NH) Area Friends of the A.T. would like to have a contingent of Appalachian Trail hikers (thru-hikers, section hikers) in our 250th Birthday parade on July 4, 2011 as part of our efforts to celebrate the presence of the A.T. in our town and promote appreciation of the trail by residents and visitors. If you would like to take another brief hike on the A.T. as part of this celebration, please contact Larry Litten at larry.litten@gmail.com for details.

The Friends group is also planning to have some historic displays in conjunction with the birthday celebration. One display, at the Mountain Goat outfitters, will contrast contemporary backpacking equipment with equipment from earlier eras (we especially hope to obtain equipment from the 50s and 60s, when thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail got its real start).

Another display, at Hanover Outdoors will feature historic publications.  We are looking for historic publications mentioning the Appalachian Trail and or the Dartmouth Outing Club.

If you live in the Vermont or New Hampshire area and are willing to lend a backpack or sleeping bag, or any other backpacking equipment from a bygone era, to this exhibit (on display from June-September), please contact Larry at larry.litten@gmail.com or Nichole at nichole.l.hastings@gmail.com

Thank you!

Journal Entry: “Endangered Wilderness! Call to arms!”

On Saturday, March 5th I attended a photography presentation and talk given by Harvey Halpern at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science(VINS) courtesy of an invite given by my friend, Maureen Sheldon about the endangered wilderness and what we can do to protect and preserve it.  I not only had the priviledge to view some amazing photography of lovely Utah landscapes that most people have not seen, I also had the pleasure of speaking with others who share my passion for the preservation of nature and the wilderness.

Some of you may be thinking, Utah…it’s so far away from me and my world.  But in fact, the desecration of our wilderness is happening close to home in Maine along the Appalachian Trail as well.  These public lands are under threat of development, being stripped for their resources and are on the brink of being lost forever.  The actions being taken by those opposing what is happening in Utah are setting a standard and model for what others can do to fight the development of these wilderness regions, owned by you, that should remain untouched by the hand of man.  Regions which, of solitude and nature, should be left to its own devices.

Here is a link that will provide more information on Southern Utah:

Maureen, Harvey, Tree(from VINS) and I are discussing putting together a hiking trip to visit this region.  If you are interested in going or would like more detailed information on what you can do to get involved please contact me at: nichole.l.hastings@gmail.com

Now to address the threat in Maine on the Bigelow Preserve, a wind farm that would be visible within 4-miles from the Appalachian Trail.  This wind farm would not only put in place infrastructure, that in my mind is one step closer to other developments, it would dominate a  remote region considered ‘wilderness’ and for many hikers an escape, a moment of solitude from civilization.

Here is a link about the Bigelow Preserve:

Here are some other links that will give you a better idea of the current state of affairs concerning the Highland Winds LLC wind farm:

Maine needs your help!  Utah needs your help!  If you are a Vermont resident, your state reps are in support of those working to protect the wilderness in Utah.  If you are a New Hampshire resident then you need to write a letter to Jeanne Shaheen asking for her support of Utah. And while you’re at it, let’s address Maine.

You may do so here:

Support of Utah, your efforts in supporting Utah will help with what is happening in Maine.  Please write and get involved.  Nature needs your support and voice.  As the MATC points out on their website, Maine is an exporter of energy.  Le’s contemplate this.  I am a supporter of clean renewable energy but not at this cost.

Please take action and let others know who may be interested in supporting these causes.  Thank you.