The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Visits Atlanta

Published Oct 29, 2014

ATC's Anne Baker ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

ATC's Anne Baker ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) must raise $3.28 every day for every mile of the Trail -- in addition to the public funds received as a National Park -- to protect, maintain and preserve our beloved pathway from Georgia to Maine. That's roughly $2.6 million a year that comes from generous donors.

This year's Relive the Legacy campaign was a success, but the ATC could use your continued help too.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the ATC team came to Atlanta to show the informative new film, The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy.

The documentary offered interviews with those who know the history of the Trail, its status today and ATC's role in the future of the Trail. According to the ATC, "Brian King, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) publisher and author, candidly tells the story of the A.T. along with other anchors within the A.T. community like, Dave Startzell, Bob Proudman, and Laurie Potteiger."

Appalachian Trail Conservancy CEO Ronald Tipton ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Conservancy CEO Ronald Tipton ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

ATC Executive Director & CEO Ronald Tipton spoke eloquently and passionately about the necessity of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and how the ATC appreciates those who help meet the needs and share the many loads they carry.

For what it's worth, Ron struck me as a perfect fit to lead the ATC. He's thru-hiked the Trail and he appears to be a man who has quickly become a part of the culture and leadership of this great non-profit organization.

The two-hour presentation truly was fun & games for those who attended and a rare opportunity for city-folk in Atlanta to meet others whose hearts are somewhere along the Appalachian Trail in the mountains to the north.

The Appalachian Trail Club acts as a liaison with other hiking clubs and organizations; they intercede on behalf of hikers with local, state and federal agencies; and, they publish priceless resources for those who thru-hike or section-hike the Trail.

Every December the ATC hosts a dandy Christmas & Holiday Party at their Harpers Ferry headquarters that you would enjoy (especially if you like cookies).

ATC's Marketing & Communications Manager (and really nice guy) Javier Folgar was the emcee for the Atlanta ATC event. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

ATC's Marketing & Communications Manager (and really nice guy) Javier Folgar was the emcee for the Atlanta ATC event. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

If you choose to become a member of ATC, you'll receive:

  • Oversized Appalachian Trail strip map (with new membership)
  • Six issues of A.T. Journeys Magazine: the award-winning publication of the A.T.
  • Discounts at the Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store and other select retailers
  • Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter filled with the latest A.T. news and updates
  • Volunteer opportunities, invitations to special events, and much more!

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), established in 1925, is a national not-for-profit corporation that is both a confederation of the 31 local organizations with assignments to maintain the Appalachian Trail and a membership organization with support from all 50 states and more than 15 other countries. Under agreements that date back to the 1930s, buttressed by federal legislation in 1968 and 1978, ATC leads a cooperative-management system for the Trail that equals the National Park Service and USDS Forest Service at national, regional, and district levels, a variety of agencies in 14 states, a few other federal agencies, and even some county and town agencies.

We encourage you to do what you can to express your love for the Appalachian Trail.

Click Here to Become a Member of the ATC

Visit the Harpers Ferry, WV, headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy this holiday season.  You might meet this Happy Camper! ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Visit the Harpers Ferry, WV, headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy this holiday season. You might meet this Happy Camper! ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland


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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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