By MELINDA WILLIAMS
BLACKSBURG – If you like working hard, having fun with new friends and living in the backwoods, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is looking for you.
ATC is in need of volunteers, ages 18 and older, to help repair and construct new sections of the Appalachian Trail this summer. No experience is necessary. Food, tools and other equipment needed to complete the job are provided by ATC.
The all-volunteer crews, led by paid professionals, learn trail construction, stewardship and “Leave No Trace” skills. Projects include trail relocation and reconstruction, as well as bridge and shelter construction.
Volunteers work five-day weeks in the field, and then return to base camp for a celebratory dinner at the end of the fifth day. This year, crew weeks begin May 7 and end Aug. 13. Work sites vary, but crews are active all along the approximately 2,200 miles of trail, which spans 14 states from Maine to Georgia.
Multi-week volunteers can stay at base camps between sessions.
Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew, based in Carlisle, Pa., needs volunteers for its spring, summer and fall sessions. The crew works the trail from Rockfish Gap in Virginia to the New York-Connecticut state line. Sessions begin April 3 and end Oct. 27.
To learn more about other trail crews and the section of trail they cover, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/crews.