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Volunteers at Baxter State Park help to improve the resources that make the visitor experience at the Park so enjoyable, while participating in the stewardship of the Park in accordance with Percival Baxter’s mission. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcomed, and it is important to Park staff that the volunteer experience is mutually positive.
If you are already in the park and have not completed a volunteer form as stated above, the park ranger will provide you with an application to complete prior to volunteering if there are projects available. Applications are reviewed, safety talks are provided relative to the project at hand, and work is performed under the supervision of Park personnel. Park Rules and Regulations apply. Anyone 18 years or older who enjoys the wilderness environment, especially anyone with a love for Baxter State Park, is offered an opportunity to assist the Park staff. Those under 18 years of age may participate under the direct supervision of an adult family member, or as a member of an organized group with adult leadership.
Volunteer projects may include:
- Monitoring and reporting trail conditions
- Trail maintenance and/or stewardship
- Facilities and grounds maintenance (sanding, painting, staining, cleaning cabins during opening and closing of the park campground season, raking)
- Campground assistance
- Earth Day Litter Patrol
- Light carpentry
- Gate attendant assistance during spring meetings
- And volunteers with special knowledge about the Park’s history or natural science may be asked to help with the Interpretive Program (including youth programs).
- Larger group projects may also be available
- Other miscellaneous projects will also be identified
Tools and equipment necessary to perform the volunteer project will be provided. Volunteer projects are identified prior to the Park’s opening day, and the project list is updated periodically and available on the website.
Campsite space, rustic or primitive housing may be provided for volunteers. However all personal gear, food, bedding, and drinking water shall be the responsibility of the volunteer. If the specific project warrants the use of BSP vehicles or chainsaw, related certification will be determined and/or made available, and authorization forms will be completed.
Volunteers will be asked to spend 50% of time spent in the Park on volunteer projects. First Year volunteers with 28 hours of service or more will receive a volunteer patch, and yearly rocker bars are available upon request. Volunteerism at Baxter State Park is an important tradition, and one that benefits Park resources beyond measure. Thank you for your service!
Baxter State Park
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462
2018 Trail adoption is full!
Please look for 2019 applications later this year.
Thank you for you interest and we hope to see you on the trails!
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.
- 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.
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