The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program was initiated in 2010 by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) -- the nonprofit organization responsible for management and protection of the Appalachian Trail (AT) -- to recognize and thank communities for promoting the AT as a vital local and national asset.
The ATC's Community Program Manager Julie Judkins announced the official designation of Nelson County, Virginia, as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM). Nelson County is host to about 40 miles of the AT.
In Julie's words: "The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail. 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."
AT Communities, such as Nelson County, VA, make the future bright for the Appalachian Trail.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Published Mar 11, 2013.
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