Project Planning – Burnt Island, ME

On Tuesday, August 18th, Andrew Norkin (AMC Director of trails and Rec. Management), Kelsey Heeringa (AMC Trails Volunteer Programs Coord.) and Alex DeLucia (AMC Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor) headed off the coast of Maine to scout projects for a week on Burnt Island.


Roughly 12 miles off the coast of Port Clyde, ME is Burnt Island; a little known island that sees use from paddlers using the Maine Island Trail system (Maine Island Trails Association – MITA) and Hurricane Island Outward Bound students. The owner of Burnt Island has a longstanding relationship with MITA and Outward Bound allowing camping and use of the island’s trail network.


Hoping to beat the heat the three of us were looking forward to some time on the ocean. Much to our surprise we found calm seas, lack of wind, and humid heat, even on the island. These were rare conditions and I am sure that our crews will find cooler and breezier conditions during their project week.


In the fall of 2009 AMC volunteers and staff will be working on the trail system on Burnt Island for one week. The AMC Volunteer crews will be working on installing bog bridges over several muddy sections and brushing out overgrown trail along the island’s perimeter trail. The staff trail trail crew will be working on one 16 foot bridge, leveling out a long section of extremely rocky coastal trail, minor trail relocations, and removal of several large blowdowns.


For one week our crews will be living the island life, bringing all of the food, water, tools and gear out to the island. The sounds of the surf, the salt air, and some good hard work will make this a great week.


We will be sure to report back on the success of this week later this fall. We are looking forward to this week of work as well as building a relationship between the AMC and the Maine Island Trails Association.




Photos by: Alex DeLucia