“A Lasting Legacy” highlights Maine volunteer’s 50+ years of dedication
HARPERS FERRY, W.V. (Dec. 13, 2017) – myATstory Season 2, the award-nominated short film series that highlights the extraordinary lives of people directly impacted by the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), premieres today with “A Lasting Legacy.” For over 50 years, legendary Trail volunteer Dave Field has helped design and preserve the path of the A.T. throughout the backwoods of western Maine.
"A Lasting Legacy" tells the story of Dave Field, who has dedicated over 50 years
to designing and maintaining the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail.
“The myATstory series showcases the unique draw of the Appalachian Trail, the world’s most famous hiking-only footpath, and the irreplaceable community that helps protect the Trail’s one-of-a-kind experience,” said Javier Folgar, marketing and communications director for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). “Volunteers like Dave Field inspire so many people and help cultivate the next generation of A.T. stewards.”
Since Field began maintaining the Trail at age 14, he has dedicated much of his life to preserving the Maine A.T., helping tackle problems such as increased erosion from a growing number of hikers experiencing the Trail each year.
“Maintaining the Appalachian Trail is what I decided to do to make a favorable difference during my life,” said Field. “The volunteer maintainers and managers of the A.T. are the greatest assurance of its continuance that we could possibly have.”
To view “A Lasting Legacy” or submit your own story on how the A.T. has impacted your life, visit myATstory.org.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]