The Register

Stewardship Newsletter of the
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

In Defense of the View

Sweeping views & iconic vistas. They make the A.T., but are we poised to protect them? Read the story here.


Bears and Food Storage on the A.T.

Because of ongoing human-bear conflicts, all NPS and USFS units traversed by the A.T. have food storage direction and/or regulations, but it varies. Should there be a Trailwide regulation for food storage? If so, what should it be? Read more here.


Volunteer Numbers Hold Steady While Hours on the Rise

Thank you for your part in submitting a report on volunteer hours reporting for the Federal Fiscal Year 2019. The official report counts 5,867 volunteers who contributed 210,923 hours, an increase of 11,633 hours from the previous reporting period. Check out the full report to dive deeper into the data that fuels informed volunteer coordination efforts.

Welcome New Stewardship Council Members!

 The Stewardship Council is a committee of the ATC board that oversees policy development and programs related to stewardship of the A.T. and its surrounding lands and resources. The council takes a leading role in advising Trail and facility work; visitor use management; land and resource management; land protection; volunteer development and training; outreach and education; and identifying and mitigating threats to the Trail, among other tasks. New members to the Council are: Alivia Acosta, Jim Foster, David Grimes, Franklin LaFond, and Joe Roman. Read about the members here.

Volunteer Spotlights


Moe Lemire: After his thru-hike Lemire felt ethically responsible to help protect and preserve the Trail for future generations of hikers. Read his story here.


Mark Heede: In 2014 Heede found his “give-back” opportunity by volunteering as the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club’s (ODATC) Trail Maintenance Supervisor. Read his story here.

 A.T. Communities as Partners

Communities are a part of the Trail experience. Optimizing the mutualistic benefits between communities and clubs is vital to the protection of the trail’s larger landscape, and to the longevity of clubs through new volunteer recruitment. Read the story here.

Trail-Focused Events and Trainings

Effective Volunteer Promotion Strategies Webinar
Learn about current volunteer promotion and add a few tools to your volunteer promotion tools kit with this webinar set for November 14 at 5:30 p.m. Register here.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Web Forum
ATC's Next Generation Advisory Council is hosting quarterly calls as a resource to A.T. clubs and partners around diversity, equity, and inclusion. During the calls we’ll facilitate a discussion around a topic related to diversity and inclusion, and in the latter half of the calls workshop a specific challenge a club or partner is facing around DEI. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your club can be more inclusive and reach out to a diverse audience of trail users in your area. Join us on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. Register to participate.
Webinar Recording Available: NPS Trail Asset Inventory Roll-Out

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office (APPA)'s Keith Stegall and Matt Robinson shared a great deal about the Asset Inventory for the A.T. that has been under development over the last several years. This session includes an introduction to using the online Facility WebApp tool. 

Club feedback on the tools is sought; please submit your comments before Nov. 9.
ATC Fall 2019 Meetings

Stewardship Council: November 6-8 in Harpers Ferry, WV
Board of Directors: November 7-9 in Harpers Ferry, WV

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 Become a Contributor: Share Your Stories 

There are two ways to lend your voice - through ATC’s social media or The Register Blog. Here’s how to do it. 

For Social Media: Hit us with your best shot. Meaning, photographs. ATC can help elevate the stories of your organization’s success on and off the Trail through social media where we have an audience of 5,000 followers through Facebook and Instragram alone. The social media team will consider your contribution for its schedule when you email, and are most likely to accept pieces that include who, what, when, where and why it’s important to the A.T. 

The Register Blog: If you are interested in contributing to The Register Blog, send your story idea to and let us know if you’re willing to author the piece. Topics could include a recent trail stewardship challenge you tackled, major milestones, project completions, or generally good advice for fellow volunteers.
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