The Baxter State Park Adopt-A-Trail Program is a great opportunity for both volunteers and the Park. There are many volunteers that would like to give back to the Park that has brought them many great memories, and this program gives the volunteer ownership of the maintenance of a selected trail. Trail Adopters have the opportunity to work more independently on an adopted trail of their choice during multiple visits throughout the season. The contributions that Trail Adopters bring to the Park allow for the necessary basic maintenance of trails to keep corridors open and blazed, and prevent further erosion. These types of contributions and support allow the Maine Conservation Corps trail teams the time to concentrate on other technical projects.
**As this is the first year of the new Adopt-A-Trail program, there is a participation cap for 2017 at ten individual participants and/or groups (10 Ad optable Trails). This will ensure the Park’s ability to manage this new program most efficiently.**
The deadline for application submission is April 30th, 2017.
- Volunteers spend one day training with the Baxter State Park Trail Specialist(s) during June 3, 2017 National Trails Day training program.
- Chainsaw training will NOT be provided for 2017. However, participants with an current and recognized sawyer certification will be permitted to use a chainsaw in the Park.
- Volunteers select one trail, or one section of trail, to adopt from a list of available options.
- Commitments are made by each Adopter to schedule three (3) work trips to the adopted trail throughout the season. The dates and locations are then organized into a schedule by the Trail Specialist(s). This prevents accommodation conflicts and organizes communications to gate attendants and campground staff of the participation of such volunteers.
- Adopter agrees to a commitment to upkeep of their adopted trail for at least two years.
- The Trail Specialist(s) then communicates which volunteer camping facility will be reserved for the volunteer during their work visits. Area campground rangers help distribute tools, safety gear and paint to the Trail Adopters.
- Trail Adopters sign trail registers to account for their safe return to camp each night.
- Trail Adopters submit their work reports to Gatehouse Attendants upon departure or mail them directly to the Trail Specialist(s). There will also be a digital copy of the work report available for submission. The Trail Specialist(s) keeps a file for each Trail Adopter and their adopted trail section(s) to document progress on trail sections and for detailed, updated trail condition reports.
- Volunteers each receive a copy of the BSP Trail Standards that are relevant to their expectations as a Trail Adopter. This will serve as their guideline to reference to when out on the trail, in addition to the training day. To deter excessive vehicle traffic and ensure that other Trail Adopters will have parking at park facilities, individuals may have up to a party of four to help on a section of trail, and should make plans to arrive in one vehicle. Outing clubs and other larger groups should carpool or optimize their transportation by traveling by van or other large capacity vehicles.