RATC's McAfee Knob Task Force protects the iconic landmarks of McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth in the face of high visitation. Volunteers interested in helping out can be trained as a Volunteer Ridgerunner on March 3, 9 am-2 pm.
Volunteer Ridgerunners engage hikers in friendly conversations about the natural and cultural significance of the area and tips on best practices for enjoying the Trail safely and responsibly. They report on trail conditions and perform light trail maintenance to prevent small problems from getting worse--like dismantling illegal fire rings, packing out trash, and blocking social trails to discourage shortcutting. In 2017, 33 Volunteer Ridgerunners logged 1,440 volunteer hours, spoke with over 16,000 visitors and removed 580 gallons of litter!
If you want to join this lively group of dedicated stewards, you must:
--> Join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club ($20/year)
--> Join the McAfee Knob Task Force Meetup group (free)
--> Commit to volunteer at least one weekend day per month (Fri/Sat/Sun), April through November
--> Attend a Training Day
--> Join an Orientation Hike (to be scheduled soon)
Lunch will be provided, so please indicate any dietary restrictions with your RSVP. RSVP to Kathryn Herndon-Powell at [email protected]