Buena Vista and Glasgow, Virginia, will celebrate their designation as an Appalachian Trail Community on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The two towns collaborated to promote our treasured trail which runs nearby.
Glasgow and Buena Vista's designation day will include live music, cake, prizes and more cake. "Buena Vista is excited to have been selected as an Appalachian Trail Community. We are eager to share our community with hikers and other AT enthusiasts and we look forward to working together to promote and protect this wonderful resource and asset," stated Pat Ohleger of Celebrate Buena Vista.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has taken on a massive task: preserving and protecting the 2,181 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT). They've shown great foresight and wisdom in their Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program.
Prospective AT Communities must submit detailed applications to earn this distinction as protectors and supporters of the AT. Once accepted, they pledge to:
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail," states Julie Judkins, community program manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. "These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."
The AT is approximately 2,185 miles in length, stretching from Maine to Georgia, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world. The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous trail through the Appalachian Mountains.
In 2012, the AT celebrates the 75th anniversary of the completion of the trail.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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