Completing the Corridor
After working on that appropriations and acquisition effort for eight years, David N. Startzell was named the ATC’s executive director in November 1986 with completing the effort his top priority. Slightly more than 100 miles were left. In the spring of 1998, Congress appropriated the last of the line-item funds specifically for the A.T. program, and President Clinton came out to Harpers Ferry for a morning of “trail work” several weeks before signing that legislation into law. Major negotiating battles remained—a protected route over Maine’s Saddleback Mountain the chief among them, settled in 2000—and the last major stretch would not be formally acquired until 2014.