The Register

Stewardship Newsletter of the
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Stewardship Council Nominations - July 29 Deadline

In order to keep volunteers at the forefront of A.T. management, ATC seeks people with special expertise to join this committee of its Board, charged with policy development and advising programs related to stewardship of the Trail and surrounding lands and resources. Learn more here.

Hosting a National Public Lands Day Event 

Find ideas for A.T. Clubs and A.T. Communities to  join the nation’s largest one-day celebration of public lands by hosting a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) activity. Click here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Michael

Volunteers bring many different talents and skills to A.T. This spotlight on Dave Michael is like no other as is the support he rallies for the Trail. Read more... 

Safety on the Trail: Encountering Visitors

There’s a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for everything, including encounters with visitors. Learn more about personal safety when serving as a volunteer, and some thoughtful ways to be a positive presence for hikers who are also concerned about safety. Read more...

Working Group: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ATC's Next Generation Advisory Council sent a letter to clubs on best practices for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) recently, and since then members of the A.T. volunteer community have collaborated to offer quarterly video conferences centered on a theme of DEI. The kick-off session of this group met on June 11. That session, the letter to clubs, and a link to submit ideas for future sessions of this working group is accessed by registering here before August 16 when the link expires. 

Visitor Center Volunteers

Volunteers give their time to keep the Appalachian Trail open, accessible, and protected. One way they do that is introducing the Trail to the public, at Visitor Centers along the A.T.  Read more...

Have You Seen Our Team Recently?

ATC has welcomed more incredible professionals to our team this year.  If you haven’t visited “Our Team” recently, take a look!

Here is an update from our federal partner at the National Park Service. Wendy Janssen, Superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, writes:
We welcome Kurt Speers as our new Acting Chief Ranger! Kurt joins us... from the Blue Ridge Parkway (BLRI), where he is the Ridge District Ranger and the direct supervisor for our shared BLRI law enforcement ranger position. Kurt is familiar with the Appalachian NST and how our cooperative management system works. 

Konnarock Crew Highlights 2018

Thanks to land managing partners and maintaining clubs, the 2018 Konnarock Trail Crew was able to accomplish astonishing things. Read more...

Upcoming Trail-Focused Events

Webinar Invitation: Sustainable Trail & Camping Management on the A.T. – Results and Implications from a 5-yr Study
Wednesday, July 24 at 12:00 pm: 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) will encore their popular talk from the Spring 2019 Stewardship Council. Sign up by registering here.
Leave No Trace Master Educator course with ATC

August 7 - 11 in Gatlinburg, TN

Learn More and Sign Up
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.

2019 ATC Meetings

Mid-Atlantic RPC Meeting
October 19
Chambersburg, PA

New England RPC Meeting
October 26
Location TBD

Southern Region RPC Meeting
November 2
Hiawassee, GA

Central/Southwest Virginia RPC Meeting
November 2
Location TBD

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

ATC Stewardship Council
November 6-9
Harpers Ferry, WV

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