Volunteer Effort - By the Numbers
ATC has tabulated its annual report of volunteer hours for the federal fiscal year that ended September 30. The numbers above are the third highest number of volunteers and the second highest numbers of hours we have received since we began compiling these reports.
The work reported includes time spent working on the Trail and its corridor lands, inventorying Trail assets, managing invasive species, providing education and outreach to hikers, and off-Trail work, such as Trail-club management, working with schools and local communities, planning and leading hikes and events, responding to threats to the Trail, traveling to and from work sites, and much more.
The time contributed by A.T. volunteers is equal to about 124 full-time workers. Using the average value of volunteer time of $23.56 from Independent Sector (https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time
), their work could be valued at $6,047,593.
The substantial contributions of volunteers to the maintenance, management, and preservation of the Trail are gratefully acknowledged!
ATC Launches #myATstory Video Series
ATC recently released the first video in the #myATstory series, a campaign aimed at documenting personal stories that capture the A.T. experience. The first video, "Trail Brothers," features the story of Derick, who quit his NYC life to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and later shares the experience with his brother Carlos.
As part of the #myATstory campaign, ATC is reaching out to individuals who have their own A.T. story to share. Entries can be submitted in a number of formats (audio, video, written material, physical works, photography, painting, artworks). And, there are prizes!
For more information and to enter your story in the contest, see our website
Hunting Season Safety
As you head out for fall work trips, be aware of hunting seasons
for your location. Seasons vary by the type of game being hunted and the method for hunting them.
On state game lands in Pennsylvania, all hunters and non-hunters are required to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, or a fluorescent orange hat, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 (except on Sundays). The orange material must be visible from all angles (360 degrees).
Wearing blaze orange, and making your presence known by talking, singing, or whistling are recommended. Take the opportunity to speak to hikers who may be unfamiliar with hunting and unaware of local regulations and seasons.