Wenger Resigns from AT Conservancy

Published Jun 20, 2013

Mark Wenger, ATC

Mark Wenger at Appalachian Trail Conservancy's headquarters in Harper's Ferry, WV. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Mark Wenger has resigned from his position as executive director and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), effective July 1, 2013, one year after taking the job.

Mark has ably represented the ATC from one end of the Appalachian Trail to the other for the past year. Mark is a gentleman who understands the Appalachian Trail and who had the skills and enthusiasm to promote and protect the Trail for future generations. He will be missed.

As a section hiker who completed the entire Trail over the course of eight years, Mark could relate to those who were in any stage of executing their own hike of our beloved path.

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Mark Wenger (back row, center) sharing the joy of Helen, Georgia's 2012 Appalachian Trail Community celebration with Julie Judkins (front, right). ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Mark's travels took him to ceremonies honoring spots along the Trail designated as Appalachian Trail Communities, along with Julie Judkins, who works closely with local officials and groups.

Mark will be replaced temporarily by Steve Paradis, the ATC's former CEO.

ATC's board of directors is expected to find a permanent replacement by the end of 2013.

The ATC -- with a membership of over 42,000 members, a vast network of over 6,000 volunteers and an operating budget of $7.3 million -- is dedicated to protecting and promoting the Trail, providing outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors.

Founded in 1925, the ATC is a confederation of 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs. The ATC heads a cooperative management system for the Trail in close cooperation with federal, state and local agencies and Trail-maintaining clubs.

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Mark Wenger (right) was all smiles at the 2012 Appalachian Trail Community Designation Ceremony in Rangely, Maine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail stretches more than 2,181 miles from Georgia to Maine and is part of the National Park System. Volunteers donate more than 220,000 hours performing trail-related work annually.

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