May 13, 2022
Trailway News: Time for Trail Days!
Trail Days has officially begun! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is excited to join this annual celebration of all things Appalachian Trail (A.T.) taking place in beautiful Damascus, Virginia (a.k.a. “Trail
Town U.S.A.”). Be sure to follow us on Instagram throughout the event as we provide updates and photos. For those planning on participating, stop by our booth at the Damascus Trail Center to join our events and enter raffles for great backpacking prizes!
And even if you aren’t at Trail Days this year, you can still join the celebration of the A.T.! Head to appalachiantrail.org/traildays, let us know what you love about the Trail, and we will send you a free ATC sticker!
New $400,000 Grant Will Help Protect the A.T.
We are excited to announce that the ATC is the recipient of a $400,000 grant from the Olo for Good Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Tides Foundation. This generous grant from a leader in digital hospitality will help support our work to protect, manage and advocate for the A.T. and its surrounding landscape.
A.T. Detour Implemented in Harriman State Park
A section of the A.T. will soon be closed to avoid a major road crossing of the Palisades Interstate Parkway (NOBO mile 1,399.5) in Harriman State Park, New York. Hikers should follow the temporary detour to cross the Parkway via the Anthony Wayne Overpass.
Fire Closes Section of the A.T. in New Hampshire
Due to the Centennial Wildfire, the A.T. is closed from Leadmine State Forest to the junction of the Centennial Trail and the Mahoosuc Trail (NOBO approx. mile 1,897.0 to mile 1,899.6). Though the fire is 85% contained as of May 13, hikers should avoid the area and find an alternative route.
Q&A with Kris English
Give a warm welcome to ATC’s new Technical Trail Specialist, Kris English! Kris will be traveling along the A.T. providing a variety of workshops centered around introducing trail maintenance standards to people interested in volunteering as well as refreshing skills for long-time Trail volunteers.
In Other News…
Nominations Open until June 11 for ATC’s Board of Directors – We are looking for candidates who can add diversity of thought to the current Board, and can demonstrate a passion for the A.T. and the mission of the ATC. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the ATC Board, click here for more information.
Become an ATC Intern – If you enjoy conducting research and reporting on various topics related to the conservation of the A.T. Landscape, check out our Federal Policy Summer 2022 Internship.
How my ENO Gear and I Braved the A.T. – Elijah Hawley, an employee with our partner ENO, spent two weeks as a hammock camper on the A.T. from Amicalola Falls State Park to Clingmans Dome. Read more about the sights, challenges, and people he met while on Trail on ENO’s website.
International Migratory Bird Day (May 14) – From small songbirds on Max Patch to raptors soaring above Kittatinny Ridge, the A.T. is an essential migratory route and refuge for many bird species. Learn more about how ATC’s work helps protect the landscapes migratory birds fly above and their habitats along the Trail.
Thank you for your continued support and the love you express for the Trail!