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A Life of Dedication

Bob Proudman’s involvement in the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) dates back to his first year on the Appalachian Mountain Club’s New Hampshire Trail Crew in 1965. He rose through the ranks becoming the first full-time, club-wide Supervisor of Trails in 1972. On the former Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Board of Managers from 1975 to 1978, Bob joined the National Park Service A.T. Office in 1979-80 after which he joined the staff of the ATC in 1981.  

Bob is author of the ATC’s “Appalachian Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance” (1st and 2nd editions, with Bill Birchard and others). Bob also helped found the ATC’s corridor monitoring program, trail crew programs, ridgerunner and caretaker programs, as well as government-funded procurement programs for removing structures and dams along the Trail and maintaining the exterior corridor boundary, among others. 

Bob has worked nationally and internationally as a consultant, trail designer and recreational safety expert and has extensive outdoor experience as a mountaineer and adventurer. Today, he acts as operations director for the ATC conservation department on advocacy issues such as external threats; on specialized Trail issues; on policy and plan development; on program safety management; and with interagency relations and agreements, along with mentoring staff and volunteers.


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