Appalachian Trail Celebration in Pawling, NY

Published Jun 20, 2013

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the towns of Dover and Pawling, NY, would love to have you come to the official ceremony designating the Harlem Valley as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM).

The party begins on Saturday, June 15, 2013, with interpretive hikes at noon, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm at the AT Boardwalk on Route 22 in Pawling.

Various exhibits will be on display at 2 PM. The designation takes place at 4 PM. A reception is scheduled to begin afterward at Native Landscapes.

Honored guests include:

  • Congressman Gibson
  • Superintendent Wendy Janssen, Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Executive Director/CEO Mark Wenger, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Supervisor Ryan Courtien, Town of Dover
  • Supervisor Dave Kelly, Town of Pawling
  • Executive Director Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess County Tourism
  • Senior Land Projects Manager Karin Roux, Dutchess Land Conservancy
  • Executive Director Edward Goodell, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
  • Regional Director Karen Lutz, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Dover and Pawling -- known as the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community -- comprise the 30th area along the Appalachian Trail (AT) to earn this prestigious honor from the ATC.

According to Wikipedia (but it might be true anyway), Pawling, NY, was named after Catherine Pauling, the daughter of land baron Henry Beekman. "A misprint caused the U to change to a W and the name stuck."

Dover, by comparison, was named after Dover, England. In a fortuitous twist of fate, the town's name was spelled correctly in official records and avoided such bogus names as: Cover, Hover, Lover and Rover.

The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) is the idea of the ATC, the nonprofit responsible for management and protection of the AT. Working with a growing network of trailside community partners, the program recognizes and thanks communities for their part in promoting the AT as an important local and national asset, as well as an international icon.

boardwalk"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has already seen a great amount of community effort in supporting the AT with the development and dedication of the new boardwalk last year," stated Julie Judkins, community program manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The 1,600-foot, oak-decked boardwalk includes a 34-foot bridge and crosses the length of the AT across the Great Swamp in Pawling. More than 75 volunteers spent two and a half years constructing the route, some coming from as far away as Italy and Great Britain. "Building off that enthusiasm and adding new partners to the management effort will increase local stewardship and expand sustainable tourism efforts."

We are grateful to the ATC and the lovers of the AT in the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community(TM) for all their hard work and dedication.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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