Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)
- Next Generation Advisory Council — 17 young, diverse leaders addressing barriers to employment and recreation, promoting inclusivity, and contributing advice on programs and policies.
- The Conservation Leadership Corps — Pathway for young adults (18-25) looking for a job in the environmental sector, nine of whom were recruited through Groundwork USA.
- Summit Seekers — Intergenerational program fostered inclusion of communities of color and promoted stewardship.
Workshops — Held four regional professional development workshops for K-12 educators.
- Trail Communities — Approved 46th A.T. Community.
myATstory Campaign — Solicited video, essay, song, art submissions from the public about how the A.T. has impacted their lives, and featured contest winners on website.
- A.T. Landscape Partnership — ATC and NPS secured 11 projects along the A.T. in 2017 conserving more than 5,000 acres; hosted third annual meeting with 70 conservation leaders.
- Staff — ATC welcomed Suzanne Dixon in December 2017 as the organization’s new President and CEO after Ron Tipton retired.
- Training — Offered trail crew program; hosted saw instructor workshop with USFS; held volunteer training at Wilderness Skills Institute with USFS and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards; prepared for 2018 Volunteer Leadership Meeting.