Appalachian Trail Landscape Conservation Boosted by $3 Million Grant

Date Published: Feb 07, 2018

HARPERS FERRY, W.V. (Feb. 7, 2018) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has received a significant donation from The Volgenau Foundation to work with communities toward the protection of lands, waters and unique cultural features of the most important landscape east of the Mississippi, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and its surrounding lands.

Saddleback Mountain in Maine
The Volgenau Foundation grant will be used to help protect some of the most at-risk landscapes on the Appalachian Trail, including the high peaks of Maine and the Virginia Blue Ridge.

“The Volgenau Foundation has established leadership in recognizing the vital and timely need to make certain that the Appalachian Trail, one of America’s great icons, and surrounding lands are preserved for generations to come,” said Suzanne Dixon, president and CEO of the ATC.

The Foundation's investment will support the A.T. Landscape Partnership, a dedicated coalition of local, state and federal partners led by the ATC and the National Park Service. This coalition works to educate and engage Appalachian communities to protect a high quality of life and to support recreation-based rural economies.

Noted for being one of the longest footpaths in the world, the A.T. extends 2,191 miles along the crest of the Appalachian Mountain Range through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. The natural, historic and cultural resources of the Trail corridor and adjacent lands are essential to millions of residents in the eastern United States. These landscapes are important for sustaining clean water and air, maintaining wildlife migration patterns and preserving our country’s cultural and historic resources.

More than half of America’s population resides within a day’s drive of some part of the A.T. and visitors travel from around the world to experience a hike through the Appalachian Mountains. Hundreds of communities along the Trail benefit from strong and healthy recreation-driven travel, with more than 3 million people visiting the A.T. every year.

The Volgenau Foundation was launched in 1994 to pursue greater protection for natural resources, better education opportunities for children and greater exposure to the arts.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers who envisioned and established a world renown collaborative project that unites communities for nearly 2,200 miles. 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

To learn more about the ATC’s landscape preservation efforts, visit

Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.885.0794
Email: [email protected]


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  1. Rose DeProspero | Feb 08, 2018

    I am a photographer who is beginning to gather Friends of West Virginia's Natural Beauty which is being threatened by the gas pipelines, and our dear Governor's request to allow LOGGING in the State Parks.  Neither of which will encourage tourism...which promotes a strong economy.  I mentioned that there was already a pipeline in view from the trail...maybe a year ago.  Think what it will look like when these thieves put all these plans into effect.  I guarantee, it will not encourage tourism.  I should like to share your group to my time only though.  Perhaps we can join our voices against these two ignorant decisions.

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