AT Boundary Monitoring
From the ATC Website:
"Corridor monitoring refers to the act of visiting a selected section of A.T. corridor in the field and reporting on its condition. This includes walking the boundaries using survey maps and compass, inspecting survey monuments, noting the condition of the boundary blazes and signs, keeping a lookout for encroachments, and reporting all of this information.
Prompt reporting of poor boundary conditions as well as any misuse of the A.T. corridor to the local Trail club (In this case, the Dartmouth Outing Club) is an essential element of Trail protection. The Trail clubs communicate these reports to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, who in turn uses them to prioritize management actions. The first step towards addressing a problem is to gather as much information on it as possible, because effective mitigation and even law enforcement depend on consistent monitoring.
Although the Trail clubs are not officially responsible for boundary maintenance, many of the clubs that do corridor monitoring have chosen to also take on the boundary maintenance responsibility, too. These clubs repaint the boundary blazes, make sure that plenty of signs are posted, and trim the vegetation along the boundary to make sure that it remains accessible to corridor monitors. Ensuring a well marked boundary provides a first line of defense and offers a clear demarcation to any potential violators.
The boundary crew complements the work of the Trail clubs by reclaiming boundary sections where the blazes and signs have disappeared over time and provides training and assistance to volunteers in the field as needed."
The DOC performs boundary monitoring through a group of community volunteers led by our coordinator, Nichole Hastings. If you are interested in helping out, please contact her for more information.