Tentpads are as much about protecting natural resources as providing flat, level surfaces where hikers can pitch their tents. Elevated tentpads in New England help by reducing soil compaction that makes it harder for plants and trees to grow. Designated campsites like the ones you’ll be working on provide a durable and long-lasting alternative to dispersed camping that tramples the landscape, and everyone can rest easier knowing that the second principle of Leave No Trace - to travel and camp on durable surfaces - is made that much easier.
Join the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, as they build new tentpads to accommodate for an increase in overnight use at Nopel Shelter.
The group will be meeting at Jones Nose day-use parking lot in Cheshire, MA. Be sure to wear sturdy boots, long pants, and work gloves. Also, bring your own lunch, personal snacks, a rain jacket, insect repellent, and plenty of water.