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Appalachian Trail Conservancy
ATC President/CEO Search
Application deadline August 15, 2017

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Board of Directors has launched a national search for the next President and Chief Executive Officer after Ron Tipton announced his retirement for the end of 2017.

ThinkingAhead Executive Search, which specializes in nonprofit leadership recruitment, has been retained to assist in this search process. 
Applicants interested in the President/CEO position should submit a cover letter and résumé to: and

ATC Tribute Garden 

Become part of Trail history with an engraved brick or memorial in ATC’s new Tribute Garden in Harpers Ferry

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is pleased to announce construction of our new Tribute Garden at our headquarters in historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Now lovers of the Trail and their families and friends can purchase an engraved brick or other landscape feature for the garden and become part of Trail history forever.

The Tribute Garden will be a permanent public memorial honoring those who have walked on, helped protect or been inspired by the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

It will be a space where loved ones, volunteers, members, hikers and staff can be celebrated and remembered. It also will serve as a beautiful and fitting place to commemorate the generosity of donors who support the ATC’s legacy and future. Groundbreaking will occur in fall 2017.

To order an engraved brick for yourself or a loved one, or for more information on additional engraving opportunities, visit
Questions? Contact us at

Monson Visitor Center

 The Monson A.T. Visitor Center, now In its second year,  has a new location on the main street in Monson, Maine (Route 6/15).
Visitor center staff are busy educating northbound long-distance hikers about the Baxter A.T. Hiker permit and expectations in Baxter State Park, as well as informing other visitors about day-hiking, backpacking, and other recreational opportunities in the region. More than 1,500 visitors have stopped by already this season.
If you are at  Maine 2017 A.T. Conference in August, be sure to visit. We are open seven days a week, from 8 to 11 in the morning and 1 to 5 in the afternoon.

Boundary Blurb 
Corridor Stewardship Program to Launch “Smart-Device” Mapping App

If you have spent time in the field with ATC boundary staff this year, you would have noticed them poking around on their smart phones and tablets quite frequently. No, they have not been updating their Facebook pages! They have been piloting a GPS-enabled mapping app called ArcCollector by ESRI. This app contains corridor stewardship program data, including monument locations, survey lines, and land tract information. It uses the GPS device within the smart phone or tablet to show the current location of the user, which allows for navigation to monuments using the app.  Additionally, monitoring data can be entered directly into the app. 

The next phase of the pilot program is to get this into the hands of our volunteer corridor monitors. We are currently acquiring licensing and user names and expect to have them available for the Trail clubs in the upcoming fall field season. 

ATC staff will be available to lead training workshops to clubs who are interested in using this new technology. This app will never replace our field-trusted maps and compasses, but it will be another valuable tool to add to our belts. If you or your club is interested in learning more, please contact your ATC regional office to schedule a training workshop.
 Ryan Seltzer 
Corridor Stewardship Coordinator
ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office

Views from the Maine Woods

Maine 2017 A.T. Conference  
August 4

Volunteer opportunities are still available. Click here to volunteer.

Online registration for the Maine 2017 Conference has ended, however, on-site registration begins August 4 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 

We hope to see you in Maine!

Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy ​is strongly opposed to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which threatens the Appalachian Trail landscape, clean drinking water sources, and local jobs in the surrounding communities.

Learn more at and join our efforts by clicking the Take Action button, where you can submit comments using our advocacy tool. Virginia and West Virginia residents are especially encouraged to contact their state and federal legislators. 

Leave No Trace
Master Educator Course

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be offering its final open-enrollment Leave No Trace Master Educator course for the year from August 28–September 1.

The five-day course will be based out of the Konnarock Crew Camp in Sugar Grove Virginia and will include four days of backpacking in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

For more information on the course please visit our website at 
or e-mail Marian Orlousky:

Share the Wealth...

...of information found in The Register. 

The Register is intended for Trail volunteers and managers. It began as a printed newsletter, then moved online, and is now emailed monthly. The image above is from the April 1978 inaugural issue. Email issues are posted in the Trail Club Toolkit and can be found here.

Please forward this issue to Trail maintainers and anyone interested in the stewardship of the Trail and encourage them to subscribe by sending their first and last names and email address to

Toolkit for Trail Clubs

A.T. club managers and volunteers - this web page is for you! 

From back issues of The Register  to a maintainer reference library, ATC policies, local management planning, information on managing volunteers, and more—the Toolkit is the best place to find resources quickly.
Volunteer of the Month

Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club volunteer Dan Firth appreciates the opportunity to make a difference.

In addition to Trail maintenance, Dan monitors rare plant populations, gathers information for invasive species control, and is working with ATC on a Roan Mountain campsite survey this year. 

(Read more about Dan here

2017 ATC Meetings

Maine 2017 A.T. Conference
August 4-11
Waterville, ME

New England RPC Meeting
October 21
Warren, NH

Mid-Atlantic RPC Meeting
October 21
Harrisburg, PA

Central/Southwest Virginia RPC Meeting
October 21
Location TBD

Southern Region RPC Meeting
October 21
Asheville, NC

ATC Board of Directors
November 9-11
Adamstown, MD

ATC Stewardship Council
November 9-10
Adamstown, MD
The Register  is published by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for the volunteers of the Appalachian Trail, their agency partners, and others interested in the stewardship of the Trail.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trailensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. To become a member, volunteer, or learn more, visit
Our mailing address is:
ATC Headquarters
799 Washington St, PO Box 807
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

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