Harpers Ferry, WV (June 25, 2013) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) invites the public to attend the official designation of Millinocket on July 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. This event is free and open to the public.
The Appalachian Trail Community™ is a program of the ATC, the nonprofit responsible for the management and protection of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Working with a growing network of trailside community partners, the program recognizes and thanks communities for their part in promoting the A.T. as an important local and national asset as well as an international icon.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” said Julie Judkins, Resource Program Manager for 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.”
Honored guests and speakers at this event include William Plouffe, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Board of Directors; Peggy Daigle, Millinocket Town Manager; Congressman Mike Michaud; Director Jensen Bissell of Baxter State Park; Representative Stephen Stanley; the Honorable Elizabeth M.S. MacTaggart of Senator Angus S. King Jr’s office; Representative Alix Rudzinski of Senator Susan Collins’ office; President Greg Farber of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce and President Lester Kenway of the MATC.
“Millinocket is a critical part of the northern gateway to the Appalachian Trail, and I am thrilled that it has deservingly been named an Appalachian Trail Community. Every year, countless hikers pass through Millinocket on their way long journey between Mount Katahdin and Georgia’s Springer Mountain. Millinocket and its residents are a critical piece of the ‘living’ trail, and rightfully join Monson and Rangeley as an Appalachian Trail Community,” stated Congressman Mike Michaud.
The event will be followed with cake and lunch, and then a showing of the National Geographic film about the A.T. at 1:00 pm at the North Light Gallery. The Gallery will also host an author signing of David Little’s new book, “The Art of Katahdin” and celebrating the Gallery’s “Women Painters of Katahdin”. At 2:00 pm, an interpretive hike is being offered with a photo opportunity at the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.
For more information about the A.T. Community™ program, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/atcommunity.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 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 about the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Julie Judkins
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 828.254.3708 x11
Email: [email protected]