ATC's Ron Tipton Responds to Baxter State Park's AT Hiker Permits

Published Mar 29, 2016

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

Appalachian Trail Conservancy CEO Ron Tipton. Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Ron Tipton is a good guy. He's the chief executive officer of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. His Trail experience, temperament and skills make him a tremendous asset to the Trail community.

There's been a bit of a fuss over wild and free hikers who appear to disrespect the primary goal of Baxter State Park (BSP) in Maine to keep the park -- and Mount Katahdin -- wild and free.

The park recently announced plans to require northbound Appalachian Trail hikers to obtain a free permit before entering the park to camp or summit Katahdin -- the northern portal of the AT.

On March 10, 2016, Ron Tipton released this statement about the permits:

"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy [ATC] understands that the increasing number of long-distance Appalachian Trail [AT] hikers presents a management challenge for Baxter State Park [BSP]officials. We will continue to work cooperatively with [BSP] by informing and educating long-distance hikers about proper hiker behavior.

To assist in the growing number of Appalachian Trail users and to help educate long-distance hikers about the new permit system Baxter State Park is implementing in 2016, the ATC will have a seasonal staff person in Monson, Maine, beginning in the summer. A presence in Monson demonstrates the ATC's commitment to a comprehensive and proactive stewardship plan that will further our ability to work with our partners in protecting a high-quality hiking experience."

We commend Ron and his ATC staff for seeking peaceful resolutions to conflicts and for helping hikers, Baxter State Park and the ATC fulfill their respective missions.

Background on Baxter State Park's Appalachian Trail Hiker Permit Cards


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