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.
Programs: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy upholds the highest standards for the protection and management of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) to ensure that it can be shared and enjoyed well into the future.
Due to the Trail’s historic legacy of volunteerism, many of the ATC’s programs are focused on supporting and encouraging volunteers. We work cooperatively with volunteer A.T. clubs and agencies to develop meaningful Trail policies, share expertise on trail design and construction, and protect the landscapes and natural and cultural resources that represent the unique, inspiring, and oftentimes life changing, experience of the A.T.
Our newer initiatives help us reach out to the next generation of A.T. supporters and visitors through education and outreach programs. As we work to steward the valuable lands that the A.T. traverses, we are eager to ensure those protected lands remain relevant and available to all those seeking recreation and solitude on the Trail.
They have little respect for donor privacy. I rarely make any type of donation that is not anonymous. After I moved to Georgia, I find myself using parts of the A.T. for day hikes and some weekend backpacking. I figured I'd donate to the conservancy as a way to give back. For some reason, I didn't feel the need to donate anonymously with the ATC when making my first. Within a month my mailbox was full of solicitation from seemingly every nature type charity that exists. That really turned my stomach; how these folks at the ATC sold me out. It also brought a swift end to any thoughts of donating to the ATC again.