Monson, Maine (June 21, 2012)
– The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will celebrate the official designation of Monson, Maine as its newest Appalachian Trail Community™ on July 21, 2012 at the Monson General Store at 12 Greenville Rd., Monson, ME. The designation is part of Monson's annual Summerfest, a weekend-long event of community-centered activities.
The designation ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by a reception at the Monson Community Center. Members of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC), the group responsible for managing all 267 miles of the Trail in Maine, will provide information about their club and the A.T. at the reception. The MATC will also lead guided hikes along the A.T. on Sunday, July 22 beginning at 9 a.m.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” said Julie Judkins, Community Program Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”
The Appalachian Trail Community™ designation is a new program of the ATC, the nonprofit responsible for management and protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Launched in 2010, this program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the A.T. as an important local and national asset.
“I think this is exciting because the Appalachian Trail hikers have been a part of Monson for a very long time,” said Julie Anderson, Monson Town Manager. “It's time to be recognized as a Trail town.”
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to engage community residents, Trail visitors and stewards, and thank communities for their decades of service to hikers. Participation in the program will act as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, aid municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning initiatives and promote the Trail as a community resource and asset. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Saturday, July 21
- 10:00 a.m. – Designation Ceremony
- 10:30 a.m. – Reception at the Monson Community Center
Sunday, July 22
- 7:00 a.m. – Pancake breakfast at the Monson Community Center
- 9:00 a.m. – Guided hikes along the A.T.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, ranging from Maine to Georgia, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours each year on Trail-related work and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the A.T.
For more information about the Appalachian Trail Community™ program visit www.appalachiantrail.org/atcommunity
. About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information visitwww.appalachiantrail.org
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: (304) 535-2200 ext. 117
Email: [email protected]