AppalachianTrail.com is thankful that West Virginia Public Broadcasting gave us permission to share this vital story with you.
Mark Wenger is a licensed architect who comes to the ATC from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he spent 32 years in a variety of positions. Wenger has been active with the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club and Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club in Virginia; two of the 31 groups that help maintain the trail.
Wenger says the biggest challenge for the Conservancy is engaging the next generation “to not only participate but embrace the outdoors, the conservation, and the outdoor ethics as we say.”
The iconic footpath provides a challenge every year to hikers who attempt to walk the entire length from Georgia to Maine. Wenger points out the trail also provides opportunity to less ambitious hikers as well who enjoy day hikes and overnighters.”