Mission, Vision & Values 

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision is to connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.

We are committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. We strive to create an ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers, and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.

Our Values

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is guided by a set of core values that represent the organization’s commitment to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail.  We pursue our mission and vision by our dedication to:

Volunteerism and Community Support: We exist through the generosity, talents, and support of our members, supporters, and our volunteers: the very soul of the Trail.

Spirit of Cooperation: We cherish our partnerships with agencies, communities, clubs, volunteers, students, and citizens. We collaborate to achieve a common goal.

We seek to minimize our impact on the environment and incorporate the ideals of sustainability in our everyday operations.  

Integrity: We act honorably in accordance with the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.  We always hold ourselves responsible to fulfill our mission to the public.

Passion for Excellence:
We are determined to be the best at what we do as individuals and as an organization. We are passionate about our work and strive for excellence.

Creativity & Innovation:
We recognize the importance of innovation. We work hard to improve and become more effective in all of our endeavors.

Empowerment: We strive to empower staff and volunteers to achieve personal and professional fulfillment in their lives.

Health and Safety: We apply the highest standards of health and safety to our work practices. We expect our partners to do the same.  

Enjoyment: We value our work as a source of enjoyment and satisfaction. We are proud of the Trail and the growing A.T. community.

Diversity: We are committed to supporting and sustaining a diverse organization that is fair, inclusive, and respectful.