Hanover, NH (May 11, 2011) –
On May 24, 2011, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Dartmouth Outing Club, and town leaders from Hanover will hold a ceremony celebrating their designation as the newest Appalachian Trail Community™ with a proclamation signing and speakers including Select Board Chair Brian Walsh, White Mountain National Forest, Pemigewasset District Ranger Molly Fuller, and other officials.
The Appalachian Trail Community™ designation program is a new program of the nonprofit managers of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.). Launched in 2010, this program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the A.T. as an important national and local resource. Towns, counties and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by A.T. hikers, and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail.
At 7:00pm, the designation ceremony will take place at the Howe Library. The library serves on the group, Hanover Area Friends of the A.T., which has been working on the designation application and ceremony.
“Hanover recognizes and celebrates the national treasure that passes down our Main Street - the Appalachian Trail. The Friends group was created to assure that hikers are both welcomed and well-served. We are also working to help both residents and visitors appreciate the Trail's historic and current importance. We saw partnering with the ATC as a key means to achieving these goals,” stated Larry Litten, chair of the Friends group. The group has already succeeded in developing materials for hikers to find businesses in town, as well as creating hiker services such as a laundry and showers.
Hanover is celebrating their A.T. Community™ designation by having an entire evening dedicated to “Tales of the Trail”, with programs from Dartmouth student Matthew Dalhausen talking about the Dartmouth Outing Club’s (DOC) “Appalachian Trail in a Day”, and Willem Lange and Earl Jette providing stories on historical perspectives on the Appalachian Trail in the Upper Valley.
Hanover is the first trailside community to be designated in New Hampshire, and the ceremony will highlight that importance and all the work that the community has done to receive the designation.
“The Hanover Friends of the A.T. group has done a great job welcoming hikers to Hanover and also in raising awareness among the local community of the renowned international icon and gem that passes through their town. We are pleased to be working with such a dedicated group, and look forward to continuing this successful collaboration well into the future” said Hawk Metheny, the ATC’s New England Regional Director.
For over 80 years, volunteers from the DOC, one of the ATC’s federation of 31 AT maintaining clubs from Georgia to Maine, have been maintaining, managing, and protecting 75 miles of the A.T. which straddles Hanover in New Hampshire and Vermont, in cooperation with the ATC, and the US Forest Service’s White and Green Mountain National Forests. The DOC works closely with Hanover and the Friends of the A.T. to make the most of this new program.
“The ATC is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” stated Julie Judkins, Community Program Manager of the ATC. “These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning, as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials who were working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is 2,181 miles in length from Maine to Georgia, making it the longest, continuously marked footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 200,000 hours a year on trail-related work. About 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year. The ATC is focused solely on preserving and managing the A.T. to ensure that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org. Contact:
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 828.254.3708 x 11
Email: [email protected]