During the AMC Presidents Society “Go Wild in the Whites” weekend on June 22-24, 2007, Trail Work programs were one of the many options of programs available. The Camp Dodge Staff led two work trips for an afternoon project based out of AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch.
Last year, 2006, was the first year that trail work programs were offered during this annual Presidents Society gathering. For the 2006 event we offered guided hikes focusing on identifying trail work structures and describing their purpose. This year we were able to do some project work instead of talking about it. The first program was basic maintenance (brushing out overgrown trail and cleaning out drainage) on Mt. Willard and the second project was constructing bog bridges on Elephant Head Spur Trail.
With good attendance in each group, AMC staff and members of the Presidents Society were able to experience, first hand, some trail work techniques. It is difficult to describe the process of installing trail structures; you really need to get dirty to find out what’s involved. The reactions were overwhelming, and surely each individual will never look at a trail or trail structure the same way again. This was a wonderful opportunity to expose some members of the Presidents Society to the work that hundreds of AMC Trails Volunteers and AMC Trails Staff dedicate their time to create and maintain.