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July, 2018

Pine Swamp Branch Shelter Reopened 

Many thanks to the US Forest Service, Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, and Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech for removing the hazard trees at Pine Swamp Shelter and lifting the shelter closure order. 

from the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club: 

"The Acting Regional Forester approved the use of chain saws to mitigate hazard trees around the Pine Swamp Shelter in the Peters Mountain Wilderness. The US Forest Service sawyers used chain saws to fell approximately 50 hazard trees from around the shelter. Most of the snags fell away from the shelter and the trail. Trees that dropped across the AT were bucked and cleared by the sawyers."  Thank you all for the fine work you do for the Trail! 

Support ATC with Music in the Blue RidgeMusicInTheBlueRidge-Patch-1

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, located in the A.T. Community of Nelson County, is a proud supporter of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  

The Music in the Blue Ridge event is a festival series celebrating the simple pleasures of summer. Soak up warm sunsets and campfire camaraderie while enjoying live music and award-winning craft beer.  The Music in the Blue Ridge festival is proud to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and their mission to preserve the beauty of the Appalachian Trail! Devils Backbone will donate $1 per general admission ticket to support the ATC.

The final event of the series will be August 4th, come visit ATC and the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club on "Stewardship Row". The event starts at 4:30 pm, and camping is available.  More information here.

The Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Volunteering
Contributed by Alivia Acosta, ATC Service Coordinator Intern

Ordinary people from across the country have been banding together and protecting the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) since 1921. Connected by a simple two-foot wide path, marked with white blazes, the 2,000-mile Trail was once something thought to be improbable, but became possible thanks to the dedicated work of passionate volunteers.
Ninety-seven years later and the A.T. is celebrating fifty years of federal protection as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Throughout its history, the A.T. has seen hundreds of thousands of hours of unpaid work by people who understood how priceless of a value it is. The Trail has always been a citizen-driven effort, and to thrive for another fifty years, we’re counting on the next generation of ordinary individuals to secure the future of this extraordinary path.

This takes many forms: trail maintenance, corridor monitoring, protecting natural resources, or leading hikes to introduce new hikers to the Trail and Leave No Trace ethics. Local trail clubs seek people to fill roles beyond the treadway, too, for administrative positions, website and newsletter editors, record keeping, and social event coordination. This year, we’re making a special appeal to you to join this national service project during this anniversary year by finding a volunteer opportunity at www.appalachiantrail.org/volunteer, where we’ve already connected more than 100 new volunteers with ways to care for the A.T. this year.

Beyond being a simple footpath, the A.T. is a community of dreamers and doers, meant for those who want to be part of something bigger, give back in a meaningful way to support the natural beauty and recreation opportunities offered for the enjoyment of community residents and visitors alike. We hope you’ll join us in continuing to care for this innovative resource and this enormous cause.

Share the word and invite others to become a part of the Appalachian Trail's volunteer legacy.

ATC 2017 Annual Report

So what happened on the AT this past year?  

The answer to this as well as more specific details are in the 2017 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Annual Report, available online here.  

The Annual Report contains information about the ATC's work in continued partnership with more than 70 public agencies, 31 Trail maintaining clubs, and more than 40 designated A.T. Communities.

LNT Master Educator Course

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is offering a Leave No Trace Master Educator Course in the Mount Rogers National Recreation area, August 22-26!  

This 5-day course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. Through classroom discussion, lectures, and a 4-day backpacking trip, participants will receive an in-depth and hands-on study of the seven principles and wildland ethics, and learn a variety of ways to share and disseminate low-impact recreation skills to other visitors.  

For more information, click here.

Pledge 50 for the 50th Anniversary 

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act by pledging 50.  
Your pledge can be to hike 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail, to volunteer 50 hours, or to donate $50 to A.T. conservation.  

Pledge 50  here and earn a commemorative Trails50 certificate in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act! 

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In This Issue

Pine Swamp Branch Shelter Reopened

Support ATC with Music in the Blue Ridge

The A.T.: A Project in Regional Volunteering

View ATC's 2017 Annual Report

LNT Master Educator Course

Pledge 50 for the 50th Anniversary

Crumbsnatcher's Corner


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Crumbsnatcher's Corner: Avoiding Ticks

Hey there, Crumbsnatcher the A.T. Shelter Mouse here with an update from the Trail:  Ticks are everywhere!  

Now, I realize that may not come as a surprise to some folks, but I want to make sure no one gets complacent in their tick prevention.  Here are a few helpful reminders for how best to avoid tick bites.

  • Wear clothing treated with permethrin You can purchase pre-treated clothing, spray clothing with permethrin, or send your own clothing to InsectShield.com to be factory-treated. (I personally treat my bandana and it works great!) 
  • Wear light-colored clothing; ticks can most easily be spotted against a lighter color.
  • Check for ticks frequently.. Removing an embedded tick as soon as possible reduces risk of illness. Use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick key to lift under the mouthparts in a slow, steady pull.
For an in-depth article about Lyme disease on the A.T., click here.

Volunteer of the Month

Marge Fish
Green Mountain Club

For Marge Fish, giving back to the Trail started in 1975 after she spent two years doing trail work with the Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club. Today, Fish has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in sections over the course of 16 years and has similarly section hiked the Long Trail two times.

“I get so much from the Trail, it’s important that I give something back to it.”, explains Fish.

Fish went on to then adopt the Peru Peak Shelter in the late 1970’s before switching to the Big Branch Pond Shelter where the easier hike made it possible for her two kids to join in on the fun. In 2001 and 2002 she was the fall caretaker at Griffith Lake where she enjoyed patrolling her section of trail as she watched is change through the seasons. Fish also took this time as an opportunity to educate hikers while she learned about their stories. She eventually went on to adopt the Bromley Brook tent sites and found herself becoming involved with the Trail Management Committee as she helped to scout out the Bromley Shelter which she now adopts along with a second shelter.

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Upcoming Events

*For more information, contact Kathryn Herndon-Powell at kherndon@appalachiantrail.org*
Hiker Happy Hour with NBATC 
Bedford, VA
-- August 1, 2018 --

Music in the Blue Ridge w/ Devil's Backbone Brewery 
Nelson County, VA
-- August 4, 2018 --

Mount Rogers Wednesday Work Hike 
Damascus, VA
-- August 8, 2018 --

Konnarock Trail Crew's End of Season Party 
Sugar Grove, VA
-- August 8, 2018 --

ATC's Volunteer Leadership Meeting 
Sheperdstown, WV
-- August 10-12, 2018 --


Annual Membership Meeting 
Sheperdstown, WV
-- August 12, 2018 --

Mount Rogers Wednesday Work Hike 
Damascus, VA
-- August 15, 2018 --

Rare Plant Monitoring at Grayson Highlands State Park 
Damascus, VA
-- August 22, 2018 --

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course 
Mount Rogers
-- August 22-26, 2018 --

Mount Rogers Saturday Work Hike 
Damascus, VA
-- August 25, 2018 --

Rare Plant Monitoring at Elk Garden 
Damascus, VA
-- August 29, 2018 --

Mount Rogers Wednesday Work Hike 
Damascus, VA
-- September 5, 2018 --

Hiker Happy Hour with NBATC 
Bedford, VA
-- September 5, 2018 --

Saunders Shelter Restoration w/ MRATC 
Damascus, VA
-- September 15, 2018 --

A.T. Art Exhibit 
Washington, D.C.
-- September 17-21, 2018 --

Family Hiking Day 
-- September 22, 2018 --

Mount Rogers Wednesday Work Hike 
Damascus, VA
-- September 26, 2018 --

Mahwah, NJ
-- July 31-August 3, 2020 --

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