There are four Regional Partnership Committees (RPCs) organized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, clustered by geography that draw A.T. maintaining clubs and some participation from A.T. Communities, as well. The RPCs serve as communication links between clubs, ATC and agency partners, and the forum serves as a means of advising ATC staff and Stewardship Council on Trail management issues and policies. For instance, recent fall RPC discussions included: backcountry food storage, human waste disposal, and volunteer training, among other things.
Monica Aguilar from AMC-Berkshire joined an RPC meeting for the first time in Oct. 2019. She explained her experience this way, “Meeting with other organizations allowed me to learn about the common issues faced on the A.T. as well as the unique ways of addressing the issues. I felt empowered to take ideas and advice that I had learned during the New England RPC and apply it to the Berkshire Maintainers Committee. I also enjoyed seeing more younger members there advocating for preserving and maintaining the Appalachian Trail.”
Here’s a quick decision tool designed to help you see if attending a Regional Partnership Committee session is right for you.