Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
We are the guardians of the A.T.
To preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
Ms. Suzanne B. Dixon
799 Washington Street PO Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 USA
conservation, community, Appalachian Trail, volunteer, appalachian, trail, mountain, volunteer development, ATC, hiking, A.T.
Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)
Land Resources Conservation (C34)
Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)
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ATConservation continues ATC's land acquisition and easement work, backed by science-based evidence from environmental monitoring partnerships with universities, peer nonprofits, government agencies at all levels, and others. Examples from the ATConservation portfolio include:
The A.T. MEGA-Transect, a long-term environmental monitoring program that pairs teams of volunteer citizen scientists with professional research institutions in measuring the environmental health of the Appalachian Range;
Acquisition of lands that directly protect the Trail corridor, either through ATC's own land trust or through consortiums with other nonprofits and government agencies;
Outreach that encourages neighboring communities to support conservation efforts that protect the Appalachian Trail's signature views and adjacent landscapes.
ATCommunities informs the general public and neighboring communities about the Trail, its resources, and the challenges they face…heightening support for Trail-related conservation while realizing local benefits: open space, sustainable development, tourism, outdoor recreation, and residential health and fitness. ATCommunities includes the Appalachian Trail Community program, launched 2010. Inspired by participation in several regional "green infrastructure” assessments and planning projects along the Trail, the Appalachian Trail Community program is intended to stimulate Trail-friendly business development and zoning in gateway communities, many of which are in need of economic stimulus to replace defunct extractive industries while controlling the effects of sprawl incited by ex-urban migration to their scenic locations.
Communities qualify for the program by undertaking at least two of the following four activities: 1) Form an Appalachian Trail Community steering committee; 2) Sponsor a trail festival or public event; 3) Sponsor a service-learning or education project for students; 4) include Trail-friendly language in planning documents.
ATCitizens extends ATC's ability to conserve and sustain the footpath, its system of shelters, and other facilities; engage volunteers and other organizations in our work; and promote healthful low-impact recreation along the Trail. Components of ATCitizens include coordination of our 31 affiliated Trail Clubs, each of which oversees maintenance and other activities along a designated stretch of trail; ATC Ridgerunners and Caretakers, seasonal staff who live and work along high-use sections of the Trail, greeting visitors and teaching low-impact and backcountry ethics; Volunteer Trail Crews, week-long volunteer "SWAT" teams that address major construction and maintenance projects. Volunteers may find volunteer opportunities online at http://www.appalachiantrail.org/get-involved/volunteer.
ATClassroom prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s stewardship of the Trail by instilling a conservation ethic and comfort with natural spaces. ATClassroom's primary program at this time is A Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC). Formally endorsed by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, TTEC is a year-round professional development program that trains K-12 teachers to use the Appalachian Trail as a multidisciplinary educational resource. By inviting teams of teachers and community partners from Trail communities to participate, TTEC promotes healthy lifestyles, service-learning, and a strong conservation ethic among a Trail-wide community of educators and students. The program also connects educators from underserved rural and urban areas to a 14-state network of teachers, ATC-affiliated trail club volunteers, and agency partners, including several National Park units, for curriculum support. At present, this popular program has a considerable wait list.
Each year fifty educators attend two three-day regional workshops and a week-long summer institute for the entire TTEC "class” at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Mini-grants for curriculum implementation, a designated website and blog, and alumni fellowships support this lively network. Testimonials abound from teachers who have imaginatively infused Trail-based natural history and science into every subject from special education to English. TTEC projects have been enormously varied, ranging from MEGA-Transect field studies or trail maintenance projects to students forming outdoor clubs, getting their families out on the Trail, or even developing bilingual "quests,” scavenger hunts to engage Spanish-speaking neighbors in Trail activities. Results of TTEC’s annual independent evaluation are posted at the Place-Based Education Evaluation Collaboration website (www.peecworks. org).
ATCauses protects the Trail by educating the public and government decision makers about its importance to the region’s human and environmental health. Advocacy along the Trail is a never-ending challenge, and the importance of our regional offices in identifying and mitigating local threats remains constant. At any given time, ATC is engaged in as many as 40 issues involving potential adverse affects on trail lands, ranging from highway expansions to second-home and commercial development, wireless-communications facilities, poorly placed wind-energy projects, electric- and gas-transmission corridors, etc.
ATC continues to participate in review and comment on a range of federal and state regulatory issues and legislation related to energy, off-road-vehicle use, air and water quality, land conservation, and other issues. Advocacy is conservation’s vital other half and without it, the trail and its associated lands and resources would be slowly nibbled to death. In establishing and enforcing policies to protect the Trail, advocacy is our most efficient means for educating the public and decision makers about those concerns.
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as of 10/25/2018
Ms. Sandra Marra
St. Coletta of Greater Washington
Retired USG Corporation
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