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The Register

Stewardship Newsletter of the
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Reminder: Volunteer Hours Due Early October

ATC will be sending out a request to A.T. Club and Community contacts soon to notify them of the process and timeline to submit hours of work for the period between Oct 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019. Please stay tuned to appalachiantrail.org/volunteer for more information. 

2019 Summary of Volunteer Accidents and Close Calls


Since October 2018, there have been five volunteer injuries, and at least one near miss. A quick overview is shared here to help cultivate a culture of safety among A.T. volunteers.  

 

Visitor Use Management on the A.T.


The Interagency Visitor Use Management Council releases new guidebook in monitoring and visitor capacity to help to find the balance between visitor use and resource protection. Learn more about the status of Visitor Use Management and the A.T. 

Sandra Marra Appointed President/CEO of Appalachian Trail Conservancy


 Sandra "Sandi "Marra has been an A.T. volunteer for over 35 years and is an Honorary Life Member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. In addition, she is a life member of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA), a Founding Member of the Appalachian Trail Museum, and, in 2009, was the recipient of the Appalachian Scenic Trail 25-year Service Award. Read more...

Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew Seeks Volunteers

Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s for a week of trail building at a one-of-a-kind site on the A.T. near Palmerton, PA. Years of deposition of heavy metals from the emissions plumes of two zinc smelters damaged the landscape that led to a long remediation as a Superfund Site. Now after years of rehabilitation and reforestation, work begins on a 14-mile relocation of the Trail near Lehigh Furnace Gap. Tasks may include vegetative clearing, tread definition, side hill tread construction, stone step installation or crib wall construction. The crew will be tenting at a nearby campground. Find more information and sign-up HERE.

Volunteer Spotlights

July

Shawn Riley: Riley has been a volunteer for the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) since 2014 and brings extensive trail maintenance experience from his time volunteering on trails in Florida.

August

Don Dunning: It was through Dunning's leadership and hard work that the privies on the SMHC’s section of the A.T. continue to safely compost human waste as designed. 

A.T. Saw Program Update

On the heels of the new National Park Service National Saw Policy release earlier this year, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy submitted a waiver application seeking to continue its long-standing approach for saw safety training and certification, aligned with USDA Forest Service practices. ATC is awaiting review and response of that application.

 The Next Generation Joins Konnarock

 

This was the first year that a shorter crew commitment was offered, which breaks up the typical five-day session into two shorter segments. Read about Khidar McKenzie's time on Konnarock this year.

 

 

 

Proposed USDA Forest Service Change to NEPA Draws Response from ATC

Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently responded to a proposed change to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance rules followed by the USDA Forest Service. The proposal was published in the Federal Register in June. 

REI Funds ATC Stewardship Projects


Making volunteer sign-up easy is just one of the ways REI is helping to support stewardship of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Find out about the Volunteer Engagement Platform and other ways REI is supporting the A.T., and tell us your story of partnership

 

 

Webinar Recording Available 

Sustainable Trail & Camping Management on the Appalachian Trail - Results and Implications from a 5-year Study
 

Presented by Principle Investigator Dr. Jeff Marion (U.S. Geological Survey scientist/Virginia Tech Adjunct Professor), Co-PI Dr. Jeremy Wimpey (Owner, Applied Trails Research/Virginia Tech Adjunct Professor), and Johanna Arredondo (Virginia Tech Doctoral Student)

(run-time 1.5 hr). Video Link  |  Powerpoint and Resources Link

Upcoming Trail-Focused Events and Trainings

A.T. Cooperative Management Conference Call with A.T. Partners

Wednesday, September 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy CEO/President Sandi Marra and NPS Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Wendy Janssen are hosting a session on the cooperative management of the A.T. Early bird registrants are encouraged to help shape the agenda by responding to their registration confirmation with topics of greatest interest by Wednesday, Sept. 4. Register here. This session will not be recorded. 

Upcoming Partnership for the National Trails System Webinars
 

PNTS is offering a two-part webinar on Diversity Equity and Inclusion, beginning on September 18, and another centered on volunteer retention on October 8. Visit PNTS.org to register. 

PA Greenways and Trails Summit
 
Presented by Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, September 22-24 in Shippensburg, PA. Learn more, register, or sign up to volunteer HERE.
Trail Asset Inventory Roll-out Webinar
 

Tuesday, October 1, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

The highly anticipated release of the Trail Asset Inventory is upon us. Since 2015, A.T. management partners have been working to collect and represent data that reflects the value, effort and contributions of trail builders throughout the decades, by tracking the details of waterbars, rock cribbing, and structures from shelters to bridges. The outcome of the project is the updated "Complete Replacement Value" of Trail segments, based on assessment of current holdings.  Learn how to find and use the interactive map that details A.T. managed assets in your club's section. Register here. This APPA-hosted session will be recorded. If you can't attend in real-time, you may register to also receive the recording. 

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.

2019 ATC Meetings

Annual Membership Meeting
September 7
(Online) Harpers Ferry, WV

Mid-Atlantic RPC Meeting
October 19
Chambersburg, PA

New England RPC Meeting
October 26
Campton, NH

Southern Region RPC Meeting
November 2
Hiawassee, GA
Central  & SW Virginia RPC Meeting
November 2
Location TBD

ATC Board of Directors
November 6-9
Harpers Ferry, WV

ATC Stewardship Council
November 6-8
Harpers Ferry, WV

AT Vista
now scheduled for 2021: http://atvista.org/

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Congressional Update
The Congressional Appalachian National Scenic Trails Caucus was formed to unite members of Congress who wish to work together for the sustained protection and conservation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Over half of the American population lives within a day’s travel to the Trail, and it unites countless communities over its 2,191 miles. The caucus co-chairs and founders, Representative Don Beyer (VA-08) and Representative Phil Roe (TN-01) are avid A.T. hikers and champions. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is honored by their leadership in the U.S. House on Trail issues.

The caucus provides a venue for members and their staff to quickly gain important information regarding Trail events and the ATC’s priorities, encourage rural economic development anchored by outdoor recreation while preserving a “wild” A.T. corridor, and is a convening space for ATC members who are interested/engaged in improving public lands (specifically Trail lands). Is your U.S. Representative a member of the caucus?

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