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ATC News

Q&A with Our New Regional Directors

September 10, 2021

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is very excited to have not one, but two new Regional Directors join the team this month: Rachel Lettre, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, and Drew Ball, Southern Regional Director!

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Press Release

Ambreen Tariq Resigns from ATC Board of Directors

August 6, 2021

A member of the Board since 2019, Ambreen has helped advance the ATC’s mission through her experience and expertise as an attorney, advocate and storyteller.

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Press Release

Six Wells on the A.T. Closed

July 29, 2021

The National Park Service Appalachian National Scenic Trail Office, in consultation with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and regional Trail Maintaining Clubs, has officially closed six wells along the Appalachian Trail.

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Press Release

Sen. Hassan Tours A.T. Conservation Area in New Hampshire

July 7, 2021

The Senator, who has urged for a substantial increase in funding for Trail, scheduled the visit to observe the work being done to conserve a wildlife opening along the A.T.

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Trail Update

Pisgah National Forest Issues Two-Year Camping Ban at Max Patch

July 1, 2021

The Pisgah National Forest has issued a two-year camping closure on Max Patch, a popular destination for Appalachian Trail hikers on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

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ATC News

Reflecting and Reimagining the Visitor Experience

June 25, 2021

In light of the rapid growth in A.T. use, the ATC has taken the last year and a half to restructure its visitor use and services programs.

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Press Release

What’s Cooking in Boiling Springs?

June 25, 2021

An update on the statud of the ATC Mid-Atlantic headquarters and visitor center located in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

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ATC Statement

ATC Statement on Apparent Murder-Suicide on the A.T. in Maryland

June 11, 2021

Maryland State Police are currently investigating an apparent murder-suicide after the bodies of a father and his young son were found along the Trail in Washington County.

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Press Release

Donate $5, Get the Walk the Distance A.T. Map

June 10, 2021

For a $5 donation to the ATC between June 15-30, app users can join thousands of other walkers by downloading Walk the Distance from the App Store or Google Play.

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Press Release

Book Delves into the History of the Appalachian Trail

May 27, 2021

Explore the history of the A.T. in From Dream to Reality: History of the Appalachian Trail, by Thomas R. Johnson.

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Trail Update

East Mountain Fire Impacts on the A.T.

May 24, 2021

A western Massachusetts brush fire that became known as the East Mountain fire, jumped the Appalachian Trail in Clarksburg State Forest.

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Press Release

Bennington, Vermont, Celebrated as Newest A.T. Community™

May 19, 2021

The ATC and the Town of Bennington invite everyone to an online ceremony celebrating the designation of the newest Appalachian Trail Community™.

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Press Release

ATC Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Long-Distance A.T. Hikes

May 11, 2021

The ATC announced updated guidance for hikers on the A.T. during the COVID-19 pandemic, removing its recommendation against long-distance hikes requiring stops in trailside communities.

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ATC Statement

ATC Statement on the “America the Beautiful” Initiative Report

May 6, 2021

The ATC applauds the initial findings of the “America the Beautiful” report, which underscores the important role public lands have in conserving the natural resources on which all life depends.

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Trail Update

A.T. Reopens on Peters Mountain

April 22, 2021

The 15.3-mile section of the A.T. has been closed since mid-February for the repair of multiple transition towers, which were severely damaged by an ice storm.

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Trail Update

A.T. Shelters Reopen on U.S. Forest Service Lands

April 21, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service has reopened the A.T. shelters located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee, Nantahala, Pisgah, Cherokee, and George Washington-Jefferson National Forests, which were previously closed for COVID-19 safety.

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New Collection

Hydro Flask Launches Limited Edition Scenic Trails Bottle Series

April 20, 2021

Take along an icon on your next adventure and support the legendary Appalachian Trail! Today Hydro Flask unveiled its Limited Edition Scenic Trail series collection as part of its Parks For All program. Hydro Flask is donating one dollar per bottle, up to $65,000, toward the stewardship of three of America’s iconic trails: the A.T., the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.

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Press Release

U.S. Senate Confirms Secretary of the Interior

March 15, 2021

Today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm U.S. Representative Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. An enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo and a 35th generation New Mexican, Secretary-designate Haaland will be the first Native American Cabinet Secretary in the history of the United States.

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Press Release

Grants Awarded to Support A.T. Community Projects

March 12, 2021

The ATC today announced eight recipients as part of its Community Impact Grant program, distributing a total of $493,100.

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Winter Update for our Harpers Ferry Visitor Center

February 16, 2021

Although we had to close the doors to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry for most of the year, we thank everyone for working with us as we implemented protocols to help keep staff and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Press Release

Hydro Flask Grant to Fund ATC Youth Internship Program

January 29, 2021

Hydro Flask’s $30,000 investment will advance the ATC’s education initiatives, helping to develop the next generation of passionate conservationists.

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Press Release

Executive Order to Positively Impact A.T.

January 27, 2021

On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order to address climate change, enacting policies that will have direct positive impacts on the Appalachian Trail.

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Press Release

New Protections for McAfee Knob, Appalachian Trail Access

December 22, 2020

One of the most famous vistas on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), McAfee Knob, has been given additional protection with the acquisition of three tracts of land near Roanoke.

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Press Release

1,100 Acres Protected in Key A.T. Area

December 10, 2020

The conservation of 1,100 acres at Cove Mountain Preserve, part of the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania, will help protect important wildlife habitats and preserve multiple scenic views along the Appalachian Trail.

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ATC News

Remembering Tom Johnson, an A.T. Legend

December 7, 2020

Tom Johnson, former president of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and longtime volunteer and advocate for the A.T., passed away on December 5, 2020.

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Press Release

New Book Showcases Women Pioneers of the A.T.

November 20, 2020

This illuminating book covers ten decades of dedicated women who were essential contributors to the A.T. as it became an international recreation and conservation icon.

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ATC Update

Fall Update for our Harpers Ferry Visitor Center

October 30, 2020

In anticipation of colder weather and fewer visitors in the upcoming months, all in-person ATC visitor services in Harpers Ferry will be temporarily closed until February 2021.

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Press Release

Grant Announced to Support A.T. Community Projects

October 21, 2020

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy invites proposals from local, statewide and regional nonprofits that promote social, economic, and land justice in southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.

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Press Release

Gorham Designated an Official A.T. Community™

October 6, 2020

Join us on October 15, 2020, at 6 p.m. to  celebrate the official designation of Gorham as the 48th Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™.

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Press Release

Announcing the “Where We Walk” Podcast Miniseries

September 16, 2020

This six-part podcast miniseries bringing a new focus to the thousands of women who have built, hiked on and been inspired by the Appalachian Trail.

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Our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

Our Strategy for A.T. Protection

September 15, 2020

Our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan will help build the foundation for the next century of Appalachian Trail management and protection.

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Press Release

Voluntary Stewardship Agreement to Advance A.T. Conservation

August 17, 2020

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline Announce Shared Commitment to Conservation Stewardship.

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Press Release

Pipeline Fairness Act Introduced in Congress

August 6, 2020

Among other guidelines, this bill makes it easier for the public to offer input and clarify the circumstances under which eminent domain should and should not be used.

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Press Release

Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law

August 4, 2020

This Act is the most significant conservation legislation passed by Congress in decades, providing billions for landscape protection and deferred maintenance projects on public lands.

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Press Release

“Scenic Trail Viewshed Protection Act” Introduced in Congress

July 30, 2020

This legislation will help protect our national scenic trails by requiring stricter evaluation of natural gas pipeline projects that seek to cross these trails or their surrounding viewsheds.

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Press Release

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Great American Outdoors Act

July 22, 2020

With a vote of 310-107 in favor, the Great American Outdoors Act was passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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ATC News

The 2020 Membership Meeting is Almost Here!

July 17, 2020

Our annual membership meeting will take place on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT.

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ATC News

Ed-Venture Series Features the A.T. as a Virtual Classroom

August 19, 2020

Learners of all ages to participate in the series, which will feature virtual lessons based on the world-famous Appalachian Trail.

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ATC News

A.T. Volunteers Return to the Trail

June 26, 2020

Appalachian Trail volunteers have been given the green light to resume Trail maintenance following guidelines offered by the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

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Press Release

Great American Outdoors Act Passes U.S. Senate

June 17, 2020

With a vote of 73-25 in favor, the Great American Outdoors Act was passed today by the U.S. Senate, bringing it one step closer to becoming one of the most sweeping conservation bills in decades.

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Media Statement

Supreme Court Renders Decision in Appalachian Trail Case

June 15, 2020

The ATC’s statement in response to the Supreme Court’s Decision in the case of United States Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association.

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Press Release

Guidance Issued to Help A.T. Hikers Minimize COVID-19 Risks

May 21, 2020

This guidance covers a wide range of topics and considerations for hikers seeking to visit the Appalachian Trail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ATC News

Nominations Open for ATC Board of Directors

April 22, 2020

If you, or someone you know, are interested in serving on the ATC Board, we welcome your nomination.

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Press Release

ATC Requests Temporary Closure of the A.T.

April 2, 2020

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Trail Maintaining Clubs formally requested the official closure of the 2,193-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) due to the growing risk of spreading COVID-19.

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Press Release

Great American Outdoors Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

March 9, 2020

The Great American Outdoors Act would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and provide billions of dollars to deferred maintenance infrastructure projects on public lands.

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Media Statement

U.S. Senate Supports Funding for LWCF and Deferred Maintenance

March 4, 2020

Statement from Brendan Mysliwiec, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Director of Federal Policy and Legislation.

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Media Statement

Fatality Near the A.T. in Amicalola Falls State Park

February 20, 2020

On February 19, Dawson County officials announced that they had recovered the body of an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who was reported missing this past weekend.

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Press Release

Funding Needed for McAfee Knob Trailhead Project

February 6, 2020

The construction of a pedestrian bridge and expanded parking area will greatly improve visitor safety at the trailhead to McAfee Knob, one of the most popular locations on the Appalachian Trail.

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Press Release

Construction Begins on Damascus, Va. Appalachian Trail Center

February 4, 2020

The new Appalachian Trail Center will introduce visitors to a variety of helpful information about the A.T., outdoor recreation and volunteer opportunities.

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Trail Incident

Train Derailment Closes Potomac Footbridge in Harpers Ferry

December 21, 2019

A train derailed early Saturday morning in Harpers Ferry, severely damaging the Goodloe Byron Memorial Footbridge and severing the Appalachian Trail.

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Press Release

The ATC Submits Brief to Supreme Court

December 10, 2019

The ATC’s brief highlights the importance of preserving the Trail’s Cooperative Management System, which is essential for maintaining and conserving the Trail.

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ATC News

“Go Dark” Showcases A.T. Night Skies

December 9, 2019

See how the night sky shines brighter thanks to the wildness of A.T. lands.

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Press Release

Three New Members Appointed to ATC Board of Directors

October 31, 2019

These individuals bring with them a variety of expertise and experience that will greatly assist the ATC in its goal of protecting the largest continuous landscape in the eastern United States, the Appalachian Trail.

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Press Release

Cox Conserves Heroes National Winner Donates Prize to the A.T.

October 22, 2019

Voters selected Diana Christopulos to be the 2019 National Cox Conserves Hero in recognition of decades of extensive conservation leadership around the country, including on the A.T.

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Press Release

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cowpasture Case

October 4, 2019

On October 4, 2019, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on how energy infrastructure is sited across the Appalachian Trail.

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Press Release

E3 Summit Trains Next Generation of Trail Stewards

September 19, 2019

Participants will receive hands-on opportunities to learn about public lands, outdoor recreation, conservation practices and ways to support new stories in stewardship and recreation.

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Press Release

Pa. Ordinance Protects the A.T. from Development Impacts

September 12, 2019

The Plainfield Township Supervisors supported a sweeping ordinance that will create better protection for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and township resources.

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Press Release

Overmountain Shelter Closed Until Further Notice

September 4, 2019

A popular camping location for Appalachian Trail hikers, Overmountain Shelter will be closed indefinitely after U.S. Forest Service engineers found the structure to be structurally unsound.

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Press Release

Suzanne Dixon Departs as ATC President & CEO

July 22, 2019

Suzanne Dixon will be resigning from her position as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective August 30, 2019. The ATC’s Board of Directors has selected Sandra Marra as the new President and CEO.

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The ATC and 30 Trail-Maintaining Clubs register strong comments with the F.E.R.C.

June 26, 2018

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and 30 trail-maintaining clubs representing nearly 6,000 volunteers are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to substantially improve the review process for siting natural gas pipelines.

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