Appalachian Trail Conservancy Seeks Trail Crew Volunteer

Date Published: Jun 28, 2012

Blacksburg, VA (June 28, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy(ATC) is searching for volunteers, ages 18 and older, to help maintain sections along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). No previous Trail experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard, live in the backcountry and have a great time among new friends.

Konnarock, the ATC’s flagship crew, recently completed the first half of their season and are searching for additional volunteers to work from July 5th through August 13th. The Konnarock Crewtackles projects involving trail construction from the A.T.'s southern terminus in Springer Mountain, Georgia to Rockfish Gap in central Virginia. Trail construction involves working with a team of volunteers, using hand tools and working eight-hour days.

The Mid-Atlantic Crew is also searching for volunteers this fall. Based at an old farmstead in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Crew works on the A.T. from Rockfish Gap in Virginia to the New York-Connecticut state line. This is an eight-week program running from August 30ththrough October 22nd.

For both the Konnarock and Mid-Atlantics Crews, volunteers arrive on the Wednesday afternoon before their work week for a dinner and mandatory orientation session and work a five-day week in the field, from Thursday through Monday.

For more adventurous volunteers, the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew (S.W.E.A.T.) leads volunteers into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to work at the highest elevations along the A.T. Volunteer opportunities are available now until August 18th.

The ATC’s all-volunteer trail crews are led by paid trail crew professionals who teach volunteers trail stewardship and Leave No Trace skills during the multi-day adventure. The ATC provides food, tools and the equipment necessary to get the job completed. Multi-week volunteers arewelcome to stay at our various base camps between sessions.

Trail Crews tackle projects such as relocation, reconstruction, and bridge and shelter construction along the A.T. The all-volunteer crews are active every year, from May through October, on projects located from Maine to Georgia. Trail Crew projects, which may last for a week or more, are planned and completed in cooperation with Trail-maintaining clubs and agency partners such as the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The ATC’s Trail Crew program is supported by La Sportiva and Mountain Khakis.

To learn more about the ATC’s Trail Crews, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/crews.

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 visitwww.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: (304) 535-2200 ext. 117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org





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  1. Tsering | Jul 22, 2012
    Hi Kate -This is Emily's Aunt Clare chiming on this topic. From my pooitisn as an academic in environment and natural resources, I have observed researchers and managers who are concerned about and interested in changing the pattern you have noticed. And in this community of people, understanding the reasons underlying the pattern is important to trying to change it.As you might imagine, researchers have identified several potentially inter-related reasons that include subcultural knowledge and preferences, socio-economic marginality, current and historical patterns of discrimination, and processes related to assimilation.And while researchers are gathering information with hopes of informing managers, managers, educators, activists, and others have been taking action to try to make nature/parks more broadly accessible to a wider demographic (for example Baltimore Parks and People; New York City Sustainable South Bronx), with uneven success.Why care? I think Nicole states one reason very well. In addition, some people in the federal land management agencies recognize that they are mandated to serve the American people generally, and so they have an obligation to reach and provide opportunities for people from more diverse backgrounds to experience public lands such as national parks and forests. Some also note that as the demographics of the US change, if these agencies and associated lands don't have relevance for a broader array of people, they risk losing support from Congress. And in the private sector (to get to the pragmatics of the market-based dimension of our culture), some people (for example in the ski industry) realize they are missing in their customer base an increasing percentage of the US population.I think it would be great if you have the opportunity to share your experiences with the students at the elementary school Clare

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