Plan now for doing trailwork this summer.  Maine Chapter members who have never done trailwork are invited to apply for a scholarship that will cover all costs for food and overnight lodging during one of three multi-day trailwork opportunities in AMC’s Maine Wilderness Initiative (MWI). 

The Peter Roderick Trail Work Award (PRTWA), named to honor a longtime Maine Chapter trail volunteer, will cover the cost of a multi-day volunteer trail work outing in AMC’s 78,000 acre MWI area outside of Greenville, Maine.  The goals of this program are to encourage first- or second-time trail volunteers into the woods and to provide on-site opportunities to learn trailwork skills.

With preference to first- or second-time trailwork volunteers and to Young Member volunteers, up to ten PRTWA scholarships may be awarded for use during any of three volunteer trips during 2020.

Here are the scholarship details.

Volunteer trips.  The three volunteer trips during 2020 are May 22-25, July 6-9, and October 9-12. The trips are led by one or more seasoned volunteer leaders to provide appropriate instruction and oversight. Each trip begins with 6pm dinner and an overnight at one of the three AMC lodges outside of Greenville, Maine, and ends after lunch on the final day.  Accommodations and all meals during that time are covered by the scholarship.

Who may apply.  The PRTWA is open to any new or current AMC Maine Chapter member who has the desire to work outdoors in the Maine woods—on projects such as building or improving foot trails and bog bridging, stacking firewood, gardening, and marking boundaries—under the supervision of a volunteer leader.  All applicants will be considered and preference will be given to first- or second-time trailwork volunteers and to younger members, generally considered to be folks in their 30’s or younger.  If you are not currently an AMC Maine Chapter member, please join before applying for the award.

How to apply. Complete the PRTWA Scholarship Application. The application is designed to gain an understanding of the applicant such as prior experience with volunteering, with trail work, and with AMC.  Applicants should identify their first, second, and third preference for trip dates. Complete the form online.

Deadline for applications.  Applications should be submitted between January 1 and March 1, 2020.  Awardees will be notified by March 15.

More information?  Look elsewhere in this issue for reactions from previous PRTWA scholarship participants.

Questions? Contact MWI Committee Chair Paul Hahn at mwi@amcmaine.org for answers to specific questions.

Not for You?  The Maine Chapter offers other no-cost one-day trailwork opportunities in Maine.  For more information email trails@amcmaine.org