Nelson County, Virginia: An Appalachian Trail Community

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."

The official designation ceremony was held on October 17, 2012 at the Nelson Center in Lovingston, with speeches by Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the ATC and the ATC's Director of Conservation Laura Belleville, and a unique slideshow of the Nelson County portion of the AT.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. Volunteers donate 220,000+ hours toward trail-related work each year. The 75th anniversary of the completion of the AT occurred in 2012.

AT Communities, such as Nelson County, VA, make the future bright for the Appalachian Trail.

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