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Advocacy

Obstacles arise every day that threaten the Appalachian Trail. We're here to protect it.

CleanWaterAct

The Clean Water Act
is at Risk

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is concerned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attacking the Clean Water Act, a bedrock piece of public health and conservation law. If the EPA is successful, it will severely restrict the ability of states and tribes to participate in the permitting and licensing of major infrastructure.


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Restore Our Parks Act

Tell Congress to
Restore Our Parks

Our nation’s public lands are showing too much wear and tear. Due to lack of funding and support from our government, much of the infrastructure in our public lands has fallen into disrepair while the National Park Service (NPS) and other agencies wait for the funding needed to fix these problems. This backlog of repairs is commonly referred to as “deferred maintenance.”


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FederalSigning

protecting the a.t. experience

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is unique: both a location and a destination, it connects 14 States and millions of local residents, visitors, and volunteers, are all of whom are essential to maintaining the Trail and the Wild East. Every person who makes it onto the Trail, either for a weekend or a lifetime, has a different experience. ATC is committed to preserving the Trail, strengthening our local communities, and conserving the A.T. landscape.

Public Lands Maintenance and Management

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ATC’s first and foremost responsibility is to ensure the proper management and maintenance of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which is possible only with the critical involvement of the Trail’s 31 maintaining clubs and 6,000 volunteers. The National Trail System Act, which established the A.T. as a national park, enabled the Secretary of the Interior to empower non-governmental organizations to oversee the Trail. It’s our experience in the nearly 100 years since the Trail was first envisioned and our more than 50 years since the Trails Act was passed that gives us our unique experience in public lands maintenance and management.

The Trail’s 6,000 volunteers, 31 maintaining clubs, and ATC are directly responsible for taking care of the Trail—when we advocate for policies relating to access, care, and funding for public lands, we base our decisions on our personal experience. Our Trail’s maintenance doesn’t just impact our 2,192 miles from Georgia to Maine, either. The A.T. runs through 7 National Forests (~40% of the Trail), 7 other National Park units (~40% of the Trail), 1 U.S. Wildlife Refuge, and State-administered public lands in nearly every State it crosses through (~20% of the Trail). We see every day how broader public lands management decisions impact different sections of the Trail, communities along it, and the ability of people to hike it.



Learn More About Deferred Maintenance