Summit Volunteer Program
Tower Interpreter “Chores”
on Summit (weather permitting): 10 a.m. - 4:00
You will be
provided with information about where our Interpreter materials are
being stored. Pick up
the American flag and
a small plastic box marked Azure Mountain Friends Interpretive
Take both items with you. Once at the trailhead parking lot take
the plastic bag which contains a small notebook, ballpoint pens,
observer cards, an AMF Interpretive Guide, and a small clipboard.
Also take (or bring from home) a garbage bag/s and a zip lock bag (to
replace the one in the cab register if missing). Please leave the 3
ring loose leaf binder in your car; fill the log sheet out at day’s end
upon returning to your car (or fill out
one electronically HERE and email
Berner when you get
both the flag and the box to
the storage location.
Hang the "Interpreter on Summit Today" sign on the last pine tree on
the left to the rear of the first parking lot. (Look for an L
shaped screw in the tree ‘highlighted’ by red rubber bands around its
shaft.) It can also be placed on the rock pile. Remember to
collect it at day’s end.
The flag holder is located on the south side of the fire tower
cab. Be sure to fasten the cord at the bottom of the flag pole
securely to the window frame divider. This will prevent the flag
from possibly plummeting to the ground in a high wind.
There are now five signs on the Mountain: “Take a
on the rock pile in the parking lot, “Fire Tower Restored” and
the "Adopt-A-Natural-Resource" sign near the
register, “Place Rocks Here” on the rock pile on the summit, and “Safe
Fire Tower Capacity” on the Fire Tower. Confirm all five signs
are present. Also, confirm that the register remains in the tower
Take a garbage bag with you and please pick up ANY litter seen on the
trail including cigarette butts. Hint: Suspicious globs of white
paper can be picked up and bagged using the chopstick method.
Walk the summit trails at day’s end looking for any litter that can be
brought down. Also check the parking lot for litter before you
enjoy the views, do some trail/summit/rock
work, read a book,
enjoy the day. Become familiar with the information in the
Interpreter’s Guide. Don't forget to sign and hand out observer cards
to any hikers interested in obtaining one. Alert people to our new web
site: azuremountain.org! If
you have questions or concerns please
note them on your log page or contact Joe Berner.
now strictly prohibits the sale of any items on state land; they also
prohibit accepting donations. Patches ($3.00), Guide ($6.00) and
T shirts ($15), plus postage, can now be ordered through this web site
or by contacting Carolyn
Should you find that you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please
contact Joe Berner or Mike
McLean - perhaps a
‘substitute’ interpreter can be found.
We hope that your day was fun and rewarding! Thanks for
NOTE: the following instructions have been provided by Ranger
Jeff Balerno. "Under no circumstances should any of you put yourself in
danger or in a confrontational situation with someone violating the
If you witness a serious violation, immediately contact Jeff at 518-891-0477
or the Ray Brook emergency dispatch at 518-891-0235.
a cell phone or, if necessary, leave the summit and drive to the
nearest phone (Deer Valley Trails is the nearest business). A Ranger or
ECO will be on the scene as soon as possible.
Record license plate numbers, and states, that are in the parking lot.
Try to remember and record as many details as you can about the
violators and the incident.