Help Maintain the M-DT
Anyone who hikes the Mason-Dixon Trail (M-DT) can help with maintenance.
You can Patrol the M-DT while you hike by
reporting problems with a
description and location. While you're at it you can also clear small limbs
and other debris from the trail and if you're really motivated you can hike
with hand pruners and clip the small branches and leaves that have grown into
More Info on Trail Patrolling...
The essential role of maintaining the M-DT is performed by the Section
Maintainer who assumes overall maintenance responsibility for one of the
sections of the M-DT which average about 2 miles in length. The Section
Maintainer ensures that their section is Patrolled and Cleared. Trail
Clearing is performed with loppers and/or hedge shears to cut back branches
and vegetation growing onto the pathway as well as folding saw to cut small
branches (1-4 inches in diameter) that are too large for loppers and possibly a
bow saw for branches larger than that.
Maintaining a section usually
requires two trips a year for 4-6 hours of work on each trip. Some Section
Maintainers will squeeze the work into one 8 hour day while others prefer to
spread it out over 3 or 4 trips. The Section Maintainer may encounter
problems that can't be addressed with these hand tools and require the use
of power tools like a string trimmer or chain saw.
If the Section Maintainer has been trained and certified in the use of these
power tools they can tackle the problem themselves. If not, they can contact
the Trail Coordinator for their section to arrange for a work crew to tackle
More Info on Trail Clearing...
If you frequently hike a particular section of the M-DT and you want to help
with Patrolling and Clearing but you're not sure you're up to being a
Section Maintainer you could volunteer as a Maintainer's Assistant . As
a Maintainer's Assistant you would coordinate your efforts with that
section's Maintainer. A Maintainer's Assistant should not use any power
tools (e.g. chainsaw, string trimmer) without first getting approval from
the Section Maintainer.
Trail Maintenance Sections Available...
So if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer
Section Maintainer or Maintainer's Assistant for the Mason-Dixon Trail,
Spend a Day With an M-DT Trail Crew
More Volunteer Opportunities within The M-DTS
Signs similar to this are present on the
Mason-Dixon Trail in areas where Section Maintainers are needed.
Name That Tool
Every now and then we will throw out an image
of a tool used in trail building and maintenance to test your knowledge. Do
you know what kind of trail tool that this is?
Click Here to Find Out...
Please contact your section coordinator to obtain paint for blazing
your section of the M-DT.
Don't forget to report any hours worked, travel time and what you did
on your section to your trail coordinator promptly.
Send EMail to Western Section Coordinator
(Western Terminus to Lock 12, PA)
Send EMail to Central Section Coordinator
(Lock 12, PA to Havre de Grace, MD)
Send EMail to Eastern Section Coordinator
(Perryville, MD to Chadds Ford, PA)
M-DT Blazing Paint Colors
The Mason-Dixon Trail System utilizes the
A.T. Field Book: Maintenance & Rehabilitation Guidelines
for its trail maintenance standards.