ATC Executive Director Ron Tipton and A.T. club
leaders at 2014 Volunteer Leadership Meeting
A.T. Volunteer Leadership Meeting
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Volunteer Leadership Meeting, to be held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV, August 26–28. Appalachian Trail club leaders are invited to join other Trail managers to share good news stories and concerns, learn from each other, and be inspired!
The Partner Communications and Resources and the Youth and Diversity committees of the ATC Stewardship Council are working with ATC staff and the National Park Service to plan this event. Trail clubs have been contacted by email and sent a draft agenda. Each club is invited to send two representatives, whose registration, including lodging and meals onsite during the meeting, will be covered by ATC.
The meeting will be most successful if each A.T. club sends upcoming and new leaders who can benefit from an in-depth orientation into what it takes to keep the Trail alive. We are especially interested in leaders reaching new and diverse audiences and teaching others about the Trail. Of course, we also welcome participation by long-time club leaders who have not had the opportunity to attend a leadership orientation meeting.
We have heard from some of you, but would like to hear from all A.T. clubs about their representatives by June 10. Once we’ve heard from all of the clubs,there may be space available for additional representatives. The fee for each additional participant is $300, which includes onsite lodging, meals, and meeting materials. Please contact your club president if you are interested in attending.
For more information, contact Susan Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-885-0482.
Poison Ivy Protection
Thank you to the readers who responded to our April column on poison ivy!
Dan Dueweke of the Potomac A.T. Club offered the following recommendations.
I have used several potions on my exposed skin (face and neck). One called Ivy Block that worked, but for some reason is no longer being produced. The other is Ivy-X ( http://www.coretexproducts.com/ivyx_b
) that I’ve also used with good results.
The best way to keep poison ivy off is to throttle back your string trimmer when cutting it. The trimmer line will break the vines and leaves without turning them into an aerosol. I also wear two layers of clothing with, particular attention to my upper torso. My outer layer is a turtleneck that’s topped with a head and neck pullover that seals my neck and most of my head. I cut the feet off a pair of socks and pull the tube over my gloves to seal off the wrists from the shirtsleeves. I look like a deranged hazmat guy coming down the trail, but I don’t pick up much PI. This outfit can get warm in the summer, so I try to weed early on cool days.
I also wash my clothes as a separate load. Wouldn’t think of putting them in with the rest of a laundry cycle.
I clean my weeder with water and a scrub brush. I’ll let the hose soak it down and loosen the crud for a few minutes and get most of the gunk knocked off with the spray nozzle before scrubbing, then wash my hands and arms with soap and water when I’m done.
At mile 1118.0 on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, northbound hikers descend from the South Mountain and begin their 17-mile trek through the Cumberland Valley, traversing in and out of forest and through scenic farm fields. Years ago, this valley crossing involved a series of foot-pounding road walks, ending when hikers reached the north end of the valley at the Kittatinny Ridge. Today, the Trail lives in a narrow segment of public land called the Appalachian Trail corridor (see map). The corridor lands were acquired by the National Park Service (NPS) after amendments to the National Trails System Act were passed in 1978.
The segment through the Valley is one of the longest uninterrupted portions of NPS-owned corridor land in the Mid-Atlantic region. The corridor averages only 1,000 feet in width, and—with 38 miles of boundary and more than 200 neighbors—active corridor stewardship is essential in maintaining good relationships with those neighbors. The Cumberland Valley A.T. Club (CVATC) has stepped up to this task. Just as CVATC asks neighbors to respect the Trail lands, the Trail should be a good neighbor in return. This is one reason why camping is not permitted in this narrow, heavily populated section of corridor.
As your journey takes you through the A.T. corridor, be sure to thank volunteers for their role in corridor stewardship. The A.T. succeeds because of their dedicatio
n to this program. Interested in participating? Contact your local Appalachian Trail club!
Corridor Stewardship Coordinator
ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office