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Clubs & Partners

The Appalachian Trail has a unique Cooperative Management System, working with many partners to ensure the protection of the footpath and its surrounding lands.

We uphold the highest standards for the protection and management of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to ensure that it can be shared and enjoyed well into the future.

We have a unique cooperative-management partnership with the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service at national, regional, and district levels, a variety of agencies in 14 states, a few other federal agencies, and even some counties and other local communities.

It is with these partners, in combination with our vast volunteer network that we are able to maintain and protect this iconic Trail.

31 Affiliated ​A.T. Maintaining Clubs

Our 31 Trail maintaining clubs are responsible for most of the day-to-day work of keeping the A.T. open. In addition to Trail maintenance, club volunteers build and repair shelters and other structures, monitor and protect the Trail corridor, monitor and manage rare plants and invasive species, develop management plans for their sections, and much, much more.

Trail Clubs and A.T. Communities

A.T. Regional Partnership Committees

There are four regional partnership committees (RPCs) corresponding to the ATC’s four geographical regions. Generally, the RPC includes one primary and one alternate representative from each of the Appalachian Trail-maintaining clubs in the region.

The RPC’s serve as communication links between the Trail-maintaining clubs, the ATC, and agency partners and as advisors to the ATC regional directors and the stewardship council on Trail management issues and policies. RPCs do not create ATC policy, but provide forums for discussion and review and make recommendations on proposed policies.

The Trail clubs select their RPC representatives, and the chair of each RPC is selected by its members. At least one member from each RPC is appointed by the ATC board of directors to serve on the stewardship council.

Each regional partnership committee is self-governing within parameters set by the board. The current makeup of the committees and the club affiliation of RPC members are listed below.

A.T. Regional Partnership Committees

New England Committee

  • RPC Chair: Cosmo Catalano, AMC-Western Massachusetts Chapter
  • RPC Representative to Stewardship Council, Partner Communications and Resource Committee: Joe Roman, Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Don Stack, Maine Appalachian Trail Club (Primary)
  • Tony Barrett, Maine Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Bob Dresher, Randolph Mountain Club (Primary)
  • Ben Lieberson, Randolph Mountain Club (Alternate)
  • Joe Roman, Appalachian Mountain Club (Primary)
  • Rory Gawler, Dartmouth Outing Club (Primary)
  • Keegan Tierney, Green Mountain Club (Primary)
  • Steve Crowe, Green Mountain Club (Alternate)
  • Debra Weisenstein, AMC-Western Massachusetts Chapter (Primary)
  • Joshua Weeks, AMC-Western Massachusetts Chapter (Alternate)
  • Henry Edmonds, AMC-Connecticut Chapter (Alternate)

Mid-Atlantic Committee

  • RPC Chair: Rush Williamson, RPC Representative to Stewardship Council and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • RPC Vice Chair: Jim Foster; Keystone Trails Association (Primary)
  • RPC Secretary: Bill Saunders, Mountain Club of Maryland
  • Representative to the Partner Communications and Resource Committee: Rush Williamson, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Ron Rosen, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (Primary)
  • Walt Daniels, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (Alternate)
  • Donna Chapman, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NY East of Hudson, Alternate)
  • Moe Lemire, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NY West of Hudson, Alternate)
  • Steve Weissman, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ, Alternate)
  • Craig Hall, Wilmington Trail Club (Primary)
  • Laura Parrish, Wilmington Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Abbie Wysor, Batona Hiking Club (Primary)
  • Mike Hughes, Batona Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Doug Lightbody, Batona Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Dan Schwartz, AMC-Delaware Valley Chapter (Primary)
  • Bill Steinmetz, AMC-Delaware Valley Chapter (Alternate)
  • David Reitz, Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club (Primary)
  • Doug Crowell, Allentown Hiking Club (Primary)
  • Barb Wiemann, Allentown Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Cindy Radich, Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club (Primary)
  • Gail Brossman, Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Tom Morley, York Hiking Club (Representative)
  • Deborah Morrissey, York Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Gwen Loose, York Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Michael O’Conner, Mountain Club of Maryland (Primary)
  • Ann Roberts, Mountain Club of Maryland (Alternate)
  • Mike Bowman, Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club (Primary)
  • Jesse Klick, Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Kathleen Seiler, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Primary)

Central and Southwest Virginia Committee

  • RPC Chair and Representative to the Stewardship Council: Theresa Duffey, Old Dominion A.T. Club
  • RPC Vice Chair: Ned Kuhns; Tidewater A.T. Club (Primary)
  • John Hedrick, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Primary)
  • Jeff Monroe, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Bert Norfleet, Old Dominion A.T. Club (Primary)
  • Patrick Doyle, Old Dominion A.T. Club (Alternate)
  • Jim Sexton, Tidewater A.T. Club (Alternate)
  • John Phillips, Natural Bridge A.T. Club (Primary)
  • Trudy Phillips, Natural Bridge A.T. Club (Alternate)
  • Jim Beeson, Roanoke A.T. Club (Primary)
  • Bill Neilan, Roanoke A.T. Club (Alternate)
  • Christina McIntyre, Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (Primary)
  • Emily Sellards, Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (Alternate)
  • Jim Houck, Piedmont A.T. Hikers (Primary)
  • Betsy Truscott, Piedmont A.T. Hikers (Alternate)
  • Gerald Davis, Mount Rogers A.T. Club (Primary)
  • Bill Hurlebaus, Mount Rogers A.T. Club (Alternate)

Deep South Committee

  • RPC Chair: Franklin LaFond, Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
  • RPC Representative to Stewardship Council, Partner Communications and Resource Committee: Franklin LaFond, Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
  • Babette Broussard, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (Primary)
  • Joe Boone, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (Alternate)
  • Bill Mandler, Nantahala Hiking Club (Primary)
  • David Heck, Nantahala Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Taylor Weatherbee, Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (Primary)
  • Diane Petrilla, Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (Alternate)
  • Paul Curtin, Carolina Mountain Club (Primary, Vice-Chair)
  • Tom Weaver, Carolina Mountain Club (Alternate)
  • Steve Perri, Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (Primary)
  • Steve Wilson, Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (Alternate)

A.T. Land Managing Agencies

Read more about the Cooperative Management System