Appalachian NST 2017 Highlights

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.