This is the official page for information on the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), established in 1925, is a
national not-for-profit corporation that is both a confederation of the
31 local organizations with assignments to maintain the Appalachian
Trail and a membership organization with support from all 50 states and
more than 15 other countries. Under agreements that date back to the
1930s, buttressed by federal legislation in 1968 and 1978, ATC leads a
cooperative-management system for the Trail that equals the National
Park Service and USDS Forest Service at national, regional, and district
levels, a variety of agencies in 14 states, a few other federal
agencies, and even some county and town agencies.
That “management” charge for more than 250,000 acres of public lands
extends far beyond enhancing the user’s experience and keeping the
footpath open and facilities safe—to safeguarding the boundaries and
monitoring the health of hundreds of rare, threatened, and endangered
species between the Trail and the corridor’s edge. Details on this
multifaceted work can be found throughout this site.
Our mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring
that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be
shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
Our vision is to connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the
delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy. We are
committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and
inspiration. We strive to create an ever-expanding community of doers
and dreamers, and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will
experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.