The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (ODATC) is an organization of individuals and trail-related organizations who meet to recreate in the outdoors in various ways as well as act as stewards of a portion of the Appalachian Trail and the public lands it runs through. Our recreational endeavors focus on hiking in Virginia but includes biking, paddling and touring as well. While the majority of our events occur in Virginia our only true limits are what members wish to limit themselves to. Learn more
* May General Membership Meeting Originally Zoom Meeting Will Now Be Live Meeting & Picnic at Powhatan State Park. See Calendar for Revisions.
* ODATC has Issued New Guidelines for Hikes & Other Outdoor Activities
THE ODATC EXPERIENCE - CURRENT ISSUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
A.T. Volunteer Brand Concept Challenge throughout the Month of May
Throughout the month of May, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be hosting an A.T. Volunteer Brand Concept Challenge. This idea generation process encourages individuals to digitally submit original pieces of art that captures the energy of what it means to be an Appalachian Trail Volunteer.
Submit your ideas to this idea-generation challenge by using the following link: A.T. Volunteer Brand Concept Challenge Rules, Authorization, and Release | Appalachian Trail Conservancy
A.T. Volunteers now have a new training webpage! Find a variety of self-paced online training, as well as associated resources for A.T. stewardship. www.appalachiantrail.org/training.
The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. To become a member, volunteer, or learn more, visit www.appalachiantrail.org
ODATC Guidelines for Hikes & Other Outdoor Activities Revised May 4, 2021
The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club has issued revised guidelines for hikes and other outdoor activities that will allow club activities to continue while preventing the spread of Covid-19. To read the complete list of essential details and basic guidelines, please click here.
By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead. Abandoned by Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, the $8 billion project has reached a regulatory dead end.
The decision, announced Sunday, ends a six-year effort to build the 42-inch-wide natural gas pipeline through the heart of Virginia to connect gas shale fields in West Virginia with markets in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
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ATC Announces Voluntary Stewardship Agreement
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP), announced a voluntary stewardship agreement that will advance the Conservancy’s mission to manage, protect and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. As part of the agreement, MVP has committed up to $19.5 million for use by the ATC to conserve land along the Trail corridor and support outdoor recreation-based economies in southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. Through this agreement, the ATC and its partners will be able to enhance the A.T. hiking experience, protect thousands of acres of high-priority land, and provide support to local recreation-based economies in the region. Please click here to see the full news release.
It Pays to Increase Your Acronym Power
Have you ever sat at one of the ODATC meetings when the policy wonks are going full throttle throwing out acronyms as if they were born knowing them? Well, you too can be an acronym wizard! Please click here to see a comprehensive list of acronyms that you can use to simultaneously astound and numb the brains of everyone around you!
Nelson County Parks & Recreation Announces Opening of New Trail
Nelson County Parks and Recreation announced today the opening of the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail system. Over 700 feet below the Blue Ridge Mountains at Rockfish Gap in Afton lies the 4,273-foot abandoned train tunnel in the heart of the Crozet Tunnel Greenway. The tunnel was constructed between 1850 and 1858 by Claudius Crozet, designer and chief engineer on the project and Irish immigrant laborers. For more information on this new Virginia trail, click here.
Senate Considers Bill Ending Ban on Mountain Bikes in Wilderness Areas
In the latest bid to lift the ban on mountain bikes in federally designated wilderness areas, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill to amend the Wilderness Act of 1964 which created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States and currently protects 109.5 million acres of federal land. Click here to read the full article.