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Dave Field


52 Years of Conservation and Trail Maintenance

Anyone who has ever done trail maintenance knows that it is grueling yet rewarding work. The historic Appalachian Trail is fortunate to have some of the country’s most dedicated volunteers maintaining the trails, but the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s Dave Field stands out in this distinguished crowd. Field maintained the 7.7 miles of the AT in Maine from Orbeton Stream to the Summit of Saddleback Mountain from 1956 to 1995. During those years, he also helped design a new and improved section of the Maine Appalachian Trail, covering 170 miles of territory.

In 1995, he reduced his assignment to stop at the summit of The Horn—a distance of 6.2 miles. He maintains that stretch today, clearing blowdowns and brush, painting blazes, building bog bridges and caring for the Poplar Ridge campsite.

Currently, Field is Overseer of Lands for MATC. His responsibilities include maintaining property records for nearly 35,000 acres of AT lands in Maine, coordinating and training volunteers and monitoring AT boundaries. His 52-years of expertise make him a well-respected, dedicated leader. Conservationists and outdoors-enthusiasts have truly benefited from his outstanding service.

To learn more about the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and how you can get involved, visit www.matc.org.