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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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