for the Appalachian Trail

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Let Congress know of your support

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail was congressionally designated in 1968, recognizing the Trail as worthy of inclusion in the National Park System. Members of Congress continue to make important decisions that affect the Trail, with the potential for positive outcomes or negative consequences.

You can let your U.S. Senators and your Representative in the U.S. House know of your interest in seeing that the Appalachian Trail is supported in a way that protects the Trail and surrounding lands for generations to come.


Appalachian Trail Priorities for the 116th Congress

  • Appropriate funding for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to manage and maintain the nearly 2,220-mile Appalachian Trail.
  • Reauthorization of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to protect the Trail’s Wild East adjoining lands.
  • Commitment to address a staggering backload of deferred maintenance needs in our National Parks, including maintenance needs on the A.T. that are beyond the scope of the Trail’s volunteer force.
  • Foresighted policy and legislation that recognize the importance of keeping the Appalachian Trail corridor ecologically intact — to provide clean air and clean water, to preserve wildlife species and to stem the impacts of climate change.