Results and Accomplishments
In 1984, the USDI National Park Service (NPS) entered into an unprecedented agreement, delegating most responsibilities for management of NPS lands along the trail to the non-proﬁt ATC. This cooperative agreement, which was renewed in November 2004, serves as the cornerstone of the decentralized, volunteer-based ATC Management System. The NPS and ATC have entered into similar agreements with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, the 14 states through which the Trail passes, and ATC’s 30 Trail-maintaining clubs.
Through long-standing collaboration, the managing partners have successfully conserved the trail and its corridor, providing opportunities for millions of visitors to experience and enjoy the
Appalachian Mountains. Recent accomplishments include:
Some 5,000 volunteers in 30 clubs contribute 200,000 hours of labor each year to maintain, manage, and protect the
Agreements with more than 100 public and private management partners ensure consistent Trail management across many jurisdictions.
A 12-year project inventoried more than 2,000 occurrences of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species.
The Ridgerunner Program, staffed by volunteer hikers, educates visitors about appropriate use of the Trail.
A new volunteer-based conservation program helps monitor rare plant species, water quality, air quality, forest social impacts to the Trail.
Dozens of shelter renovations, footpath relocation and rehabilitation projects, footbridges, and other projects are completed every year.