For Trail Maintainers
The Bay Circuit Trails Committee (BCTC) advises and assists BCA trail maintainers. We all have the common goal of a trail that is easy to follow, safe, and fun to explore. Let us help you by providing any assistance and support you may need to maintain your section of one of the major long-distance trails in Massachusetts.
What We Provide
- Round 4” aluminum BCT medallions for marking the route and aluminum nails.
- Help and advice in evaluating, marking, and maintaining the trail.
- Advice to correct trail problems and support for complex projects.
- Clearinghouse for updated guide descriptions and maps.
- Map signs for areas where blazes are not permitted.
- Directional signs where the trail splits, has an alternate route, or has a spur.
NEWLY UPDATED! Bay Circuit Trail Stewardship Guide_2016 ed (full PDF version)
Trail Stewardship Guide Sections – Individual Fact Sheets
- Introduction & Safety
- Trail Adopter Responsibilities
- 3 Monitoring
- Clearing the Corridor
- Trail Marking
- Trail Definition
- First Aid Kit
- Tick and Poison Ivy Fact Sheets
- Adopter Property Info Sheet
- Trail Condition Report
- For Further Reference
- Guidance for Beaver Problems (Version 1)– Discusses dealing with flooded trails caused by beaver dams, including the regulatory permitting process.
- Cable-tie trail markers – Instructions for installing slotted blazes on metal street light and traffic poles.
If you need assistance on any trail maintenance issues or would like any of our publications mailed to you, please contact the BCTC member who represents your town:
- Dan Streeter – Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Ipswich, Hamilton
- Elizabeth Armstrong – Georgetown, Boxford, North Andover, Andover, Middleton
- Bruce Shick – Tewksbury
- Marlies Henderson – Billerica, Bedford, Concord, Lincoln
- Laurie Ullmann – Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Acton, Carlisle
- Bill Fadden – Sudbury, Framingham, Marlborough, Southborough, Wayland
- Denny Nackoney – Ashland, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, Sharon, Easton
- Phil Clemons – Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Hanson
- Maureen Thomas – Pembroke, Kingston, Duxbury