Published Feb 23, 2012
Although the news about the US Postal Service closing rural offices has been widely reported for many months [Click Here for 8-1-2011 USAToday Story], the decision's affect on those who hike the Appalachian Trail is becoming more apparent.
The town of Glencliff, NH, has about 100 permanent residents. Closing the post office there sounds sensible, until the impact upon hikers who rely on it for resupply on their 2,100 mile trek is realized, according to the Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy David Startzell.
In a letter to the postal commission, Startzell wrote Glencliff "is probably the most important" of the 19 post offices very close to the AT. "The general delivery service available at Glencliff allows hikers to send not only food to themselves but the additional cold-weather gear needed in a traverse of the White Mountains."
It ain't over until it's over, but the commission determined that Glencliff's post office averaged a dozen retail transactions daily and $27,000 will be saved annually by closing the office and shifting business five miles away to Warren, a town of about 1,000 residents.
Closures have been deferred until May 15th, to give time for Congress to stabilize its finances. According to Rand Costich, the representative assigned by the commission to the Glencliff appeal, this vital lifeline will almost certainly will close then.
Tags: Attractions, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
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