Trail Construction Workshop, Part I: Building and Maintenance Fundamentals with AMC

Event Details

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Over Zoom.

All are welcome. Register using the form below. Zoom details will be emailed ahead of the program.


Talk Description

Join Matt Moore, professional trail crew manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), for an instructive lesson about trail building and maintenance using a conservationist approach. Learn the fundamentals of sustainable trail design and construction from understanding sheeting and erosion to making bench cuts and swales. Proven techniques, safety guidelines and tools of the trade will be reviewed.
This talk is part of a workshop experience on trail building and maintenance. Matt’s talk is a precursor to performing actual work in the Wright Woods where we will be working alongside professional AMC crew members to reroute two sections of trail and rework the junction where they join. The full project will be described as part of the presentation.
Photo of Matt Moore, manager AMC’s Professional Trail Crews.

Speaker Bio

Matt Moore has been working on trails since 2004, His 18-year career has been split between management roles and field work, and has taken him all across America. Matt has worked and led Trail Crews for the National Park Service in Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, and Grand Teton. He has managed professional and volunteer trails programs for AMC throughout New England for a cumulative six years, and has a great passion for improving trails in his home state of Massachusetts and in his current home of New Hampshire. He currently manages AMC’s Professional Trail Crews, which in 2022 will total more than 100 weeks of work with professional crews from Valley Forge to Acadia. Matt is particularly keen on teaching the fundamentals of sustainable trail design, and treating trails as infrastructure and trail work as a trade.



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