MILLINOCKET – The Katahdin Area Trails are expanding, with the help of some AmeriCorps volunteers from across the country.
Deep in the North Maine Woods, swarmed by black flies and mosquitoes, you’ll find the Katahdin 7, a group of AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers.
“We’re working with Katahdin Area Trails out here at the New England Outdoor Center,” said Alex Unger, a volunteer with AmeriCorps. “We’re building mountain biking trails and helping build cross country ski trails.”
Like most AmeriCorps teams, they come from all over, some from as far away as California.
“We actually just kinda got to know each other before we came up here,” Unger said.
“Honestly, we all just clicked,” said Becca Marcott, an AmeriCorps volunteer.
Every day for the past five weeks, the group has worked together to make room for new trails.
“We do haul a lot of brush, but the area, after we’re done, looks a lot better,” said Marcott.
The group hopes to create at least ten miles of single-track bike trails.
“That’s sort of phase one, actually,” said Matt Polstein, founder of The New England Outdoor Center. “We have a vision for about 35 miles of single-track and double-track bike trails”
Today was their last day in Maine, but the Katahdin 7 couldn’t leave without exploring other parts of the state.
“We got to go hiking, do some rafting, and just all the opportunities that this area has to offer,” said Unger.
“I love this area, I think it’s beautiful,” Marcott said. “I’m definitely going to miss it.”