Dave Field

Dave Field has been volunteering with the Appalachian Trail in Maine since 1955 and was the maintainer of the AT on Saddleback Mountain from 1957 to 2016. He has served as the president of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC), on the ATC’s Board of Managers, and is a member of the Appalachian Trail Museum’s Hall of Fame. He is also a historian of the trail, working to transcribe and digitize Myron Avery’s correspondence and the papers of the MATC.

Dave is a professional forester who spent most of his career as a college professor running forestry programs in various places. Dave holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He taught forestry at Purdue, Yale University, and the University of Maine, where he retired in 2006 after 30 years on the faculty.

May 7, 2024

The End of the Trail

Today’s episode is bittersweet because we have reached the end of our hike. After three years and 50 episodes, we are wrapping up The Green Tunnel with something a little different. Every episode of The Green Tunnel has focu…
Dec. 12, 2023

Constructing the Trail

Today we’re going back to the earliest days of the Appalachian Trail to learn more about the critical role that the Civilian Conservation Corps played in making the trail a reality.
Nov. 17, 2021


Explore the story of three changemakers who combined led, and continue to lead, the trail through its 100 years of history.