BERRYVILLE/CLARKE COUNTY, Va. (June 18, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), invite the public to attend the official designation of Berryville and Clarke County, Virginia, as the newest Appalachian Trail Community™. The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 20, at the Rose Hill Park Gazebo in Berryville. The event is free and open to the public.
The Appalachian Trail Community™ program was created by the ATC to recognize communities that promote and care for the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Working with a growing network of trailside community partners, the program supports communities that play a role in advocating the A.T. as a significant local and national asset and as an international icon. The program assists communities by generating awareness and stimulating outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to celebrate Berryville and Clarke County as an Appalachian Trail Community partner in Virginia that is helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” said Julie Judkins, the ATC's Education and Outreach director. “These new partnerships increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”
“We are proud to be a part of the Appalachian Trail Community through this certification,” said Berryville Mayor Wilson Kerby. “We look forward to working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Clarke County to showcase the Appalachian Trail and the town of Berryville.”
Honored guests and speakers at this event include Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Ron Tipton, executive director of the ATC; Mayor Wilson Kirby, Berryville; Board Chair Supervisor David Weiss; Joe Mantano, staff from U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s office; Delegate Randy Minchew, Virginia House of Delegates; ATC Regional Director Karen Lutz; and Dick Hostelley, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club president.
A reception immediately following the ceremony will be provided by the Barns of Rose Hill.
For more information about the A.T. Community™ program, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/atcommunity.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Julie Judkins
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 828.254.3708 x11
Email: [email protected]