Corridor Stewardship Program to Launch “Smart-Device” Mapping App
Monson Visitor Center
The Monson A.T. Visitor Center, now In its second year, has a new location on the main street in Monson, Maine (Route 6/15).
Visitor center staff are busy educating northbound long-distance hikers about the Baxter A.T. Hiker permit and expectations in Baxter State Park, as well as informing other visitors about day-hiking, backpacking, and other recreational opportunities in the region. More than 1,500 visitors have stopped by already this season.
If you are at Maine 2017 A.T. Conference in August, be sure to visit. We are open seven days a week, from 8 to 11 in the morning and 1 to 5 in the afternoon.
If you have spent time in the field with ATC boundary staff this year, you would have noticed them poking around on their smart phones and tablets quite frequently. No, they have not been updating their Facebook pages! They have been piloting a GPS-enabled mapping app called ArcCollector by ESRI. This app contains corridor stewardship program data, including monument locations, survey lines, and land tract information. It uses the GPS device within the smart phone or tablet to show the current location of the user, which allows for navigation to monuments using the app. Additionally, monitoring data can be entered directly into the app.
The next phase of the pilot program is to get this into the hands of our volunteer corridor monitors. We are currently acquiring licensing and user names and expect to have them available for the Trail clubs in the upcoming fall field season.
ATC staff will be available to lead training workshops to clubs who are interested in using this new technology. This app will never replace our field-trusted maps and compasses, but it will be another valuable tool to add to our belts. If you or your club is interested in learning more, please contact your ATC regional office to schedule a training workshop.
Corridor Stewardship Coordinator
ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office