Appalachian Trail Crew- Konnarock Volunteer Sessions

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ORGANIZATION: USDA Forest Service

The Konnarock Trail Crew is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s flagship crew program, founded in 1983. The Konnarock Trail Crew offers volunteers of diverse ages, backgrounds, and experience levels the opportunity to spend five days working together in the backcountry building durable sections of the Appalachian Trail that will last for generations. Konnarock is a joint venture of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the twelve southern A.T. maintaining clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.

Contact: Jake Stowe, jstowe@appalachiantrail.org, 828.348.1911 for more information about each of the following opportunities.


Title: Trail Restoration in the Little Wilson Creek Wilderness Area (Crew 1: Session 6) Dates: June 21-23, 2024

Title: Build New Trail in NC/TN (Crew 2: Session 7) Dates: June 26 - July 1, 2024

Title: Build New Trail in NC/TN (Crew 2: Session 9) Dates: July 14-19, 2024

Title: Trail Building in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness Area (Crew 1: Session 9) Dates: July 14-19, 2024

Title: Restore Trail in Eastern TN (Crew 2: Session 10) Dates: July 22-27, 2024

Title: Restore Trail in Eastern TN (Crew 2, Session 11) Dates: July 30 - Aug. 4, 2024

Title: High Country Trail Improvements (Session11: Crew 1) Dates: July 30-Aug. 4, 2024


The Konnarock basecamp is located in Sugar Grove, Virginiawhere volunteers are expected to meet at the start of the crew session. TheKonnarock Trail Crew works on projects along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in backcountry settings anywhere from Waynesboro, Virginia, to the Trail’s southern terminus in Georgia.

The following resources will be provided to volunteers:

· Shuttles to and from the nearest airports/bus stations (Must coordinate with ATC staff at least 1 week before start date)

· Transportation from basecamp to primitive, backcountry tent camping near the project work site.

· Room and board.

· Three meals a day (with lots of snacks!), including a large welcome and thank you dinners.

· All cooking/kitchen equipment for the backcountry

· All trail work tools, gear, and PPE (gloves, glasses, hardhat).

· Training and leadership guidance throughout the week.


Volunteers are expected to provide the following:

• Appropriate work clothes (long pants, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, sturdy work boots).

• Personal camping equipment (Loaner gear is available upon request)

• A willingness to work hard within personal capabilities.

• An ability to follow crew staff instruction and example.

• A great attitude and being open to meeting new trail crew friends!


Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate in Konnarock. Volunteer who are 16 years old, must have a parent/guardian accompany the volunteer during the crew week. Volunteers who are 17 years old need a parent/guardian to sign a release form prior to the work week (the parent/guardian does not need to accompany the volunteer).

Start Date - 2024-06-03

End Date - 2024-07-12

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Conservation Education;General Assistance

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Mission Statement

The USDA Forest Service's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

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The United States Forest Service (USFS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, spanning 193 million acres of land.

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3714 Highway 16Marion, VA 24354

(36.84586,-81.5377)
 

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