Appalachian Trail Corridor Monitoring Workshop
March 9, 2024 9am-3pm
Location:Little Stony Point Club House
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Bushwhacking with a purpose! Corridor Monitors ensure the protection of the lands the A.T. passes through. This involves leaving the A.T. treadway and bushwhacking over rocks and through dense vegetation to maintain boundary markers, verify monuments, and report encroachment or illegal activity on public lands.
This workshop is for first-timers and seasoned Monitors alike. We will help you gain and improve the necessary skills to become a Corridor Monitor on the A.T. and share best practices for reporting and managing persistent issues. The Workshop will be conducted in two sessions beginning in the classroom where we'll cover some of the technical skills, then we'll go out in the field and put those skills into practice. We will focus on how to...
(1) Locate the A.T. Corridor boundary, which consists of surveyed property lines with monuments at each corner and marked trees on or near the boundary line;
(2) Use maps and portable technology to assist in locating the monuments;
(3) Look for incursions into the Corridor (such as dumping, timber theft, illegal access, etc.);
(4) Perform boundary maintenance, such as freshening the paint on the boundary trees, and
(5) Document and report observations back to the Trail Conference, and our partner land managers.
Know Before You Go
- This is a hands-on workshop that involves bushwacking through the woods. Please come prepared with weather appropriate clothing including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes, plenty of water, lunch, and snacks. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided.
- It may be necessary to refresh the boundary markers using paint, which can get a little messy (dress appropriately).
- Tools and basic PPE (eye protection/ gloves) will be provided by the organizers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own if they prefer.
Register below to join this workshop!
Questions or cancellations (with more than 48 hours notice) can be emailed to [email protected].