July 30, 2021
Trailway News: From Advocacy to Action
When you hear the words “the Appalachian Trail,” chances are you think about more than the world-famous footpath itself. The awe-inspiring vistas; the green tunnels of rhododendron; the native plants and animals that call the Trail home; the campsites and shelters where hikers share stories of their adventures; all of these continue to exist because of those who have advocated in some way for the A.T. and its surrounding landscapes to be protected.
In this week’s featured article, writer Kim O’Connell explores the pathway “From Advocacy to Action” — why a community of people speaking out on behalf of the Trail is essential for the long-term conservation of the A.T. experience.
Six Wells on the A.T. Closed
The National Park Service Appalachian National Scenic Trail Office (APPA), in consultation with the ATC and regional Trail Maintaining Clubs, has officially closed six wells along the A.T. in New York and Connecticut.
Step Away – Step In
When we step onto the A.T., we don’t just step onto a hiking footpath — we step into a realm of natural beauty. From sky-touching mountaintops to the intimacy of Appalachian forests, join writer Marina Richie as she explores the nature of beauty on the Trail.
This article was first published in the Spring-Summer 2021 edition of A.T. Journeys magazine.
Elkton, Virginia, Celebrates Designation as the 50th A.T. Community™
Join the Town of Elkton for its official designation as the 50th A.T. Community™ on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. EDT! Coinciding with the Elkton 5k Run for Life and the Epic Fest Beer & Wine Festival, the designation ceremony will feature remarks from leaders including Elkton Mayor Joshua Gooden, ATC’s A.T. Landscape Partnership Manager Katie Allen, and Potomac A.T. Club President Joe Lombardo.
Join the Emerging Leaders’ Summit
It’s not too late to register for the 2021 Emerging Leaders’ Summit, which takes place August 11-13! Participants will engage with dozens of environmental leaders, including Climate Cardinals Founder Sophia Kianni and the founder of the Affrilachian Poets, Frank X.
Georgia A.T. License Plate Grant Program
Applications for the 2021-2022 Georgia A.T. License Plate Grants are being accepted now through August 17, 2021. Funding from the sale and renewal of A.T. specialty license plates allows us to award grants to organizations and individuals for projects that support the Trail.