Help Protect the Alpine Ecosystem
The joint U.S. Forest Service (USFS)/Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Alpine Stewardship Volunteer program started in 2000, sparked by the dedicated interest of a few individuals. Today the program has developed new partnerships with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and expanded its efforts to include both Franconia Ridge and the Mt. Washington summit.
The AMC, USFS, and ATC hope to increase the public's awareness of its impact on the alpine environment and educate visitors about preservation of alpine vegetation. The volunteer Alpine Stewards address topics such as the importance of staying on the trail, prevention of "summit sprawl," Leave No Trace ethics, alpine safety and low-impact trail tending. While on the trail, mostly on weekends, Stewards respond to questions or concerns of hikers and engage visitors in a friendly, educational manner.
a friendly, outgoing, professional manner, in addition to experience working
with the public in a recreational setting.
extensive hiking experience and an understanding of AMC and the White Mountain
committed to the protection of the alpine zone and the promotion of Leave No
comfort in approaching individuals to provide educational conservation and
a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification;or are willing to be certified.
provide coverage at least two weekends per year.
attend the annual training held one weekend in the spring.
Are AMC members.
Demonstrate appropriate alpine zone behavior
and Leave No Trace ethics and approach hikers to provide education on these
matters as well as ecology, Forest Service backcountry camping regulations,
and low-impact trail tending.
Provide information to visitors about safety concerns, particularly regarding weather.
Participate in the AMC Mountain Watch Program's ozone and visibility study.
Room and board on the weekends they serve
at Greenleaf hut and Camp Dodge.
uniform to use while working. Annual training
Recognition for their efforts through Stewardship Society awards, based on the number of hours contributed annually.
The Alpine Stewardship Volunteer Program is small but we are always interested in receiving applications in the event of an opening For more information, Please email us and be sure to include a brief description of why you are interested in the program. We will forward you a brochure and an application.
To receive an application to become an Alpine Steward, please contact the Outdoor Program Centers Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the Programs Administrative Supervisor to discuss further details and once the project is finalized, we will send you a packet that contains information to help you be fully prepared for your trails project. The registration packet will also contain forms that each participant must complete and return before the start of the crew. It works best to have them returned to the Group Leader(s) and then submitted to the AMC all at once. Confirmation of your project will be emailed upon receipt of all paperwork.
Trails Volunteer Programs Administrative Supervisor
P.O. Box 298 Gorham, NH 03581
Phone:(603) 466-8156 Fax: (603) 466-2822