Data Center Description
The Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC) is a private, volunteer-based nonprofit organization, dedicated since 1925 to building, protecting, and managing the Appalachian Trail for the public.
As a caretaker of the Trail its founders originally built, ATC seeks to:
1. Protect the footpath itself, the surrounding public land that buffers it, and all the natural, scenic, and historical resources on that land or otherwise with it.
2. Provide for the public's safe and enjoyable use of the Trail and its facilities.
3. Strengthen itself as an organization, so that it can meet those two goals.
Since the National Trails System Act was adopted in 1968, the Appalachian Trail has been a part of the national park system. With some exceptions (law enforcement being the most important), day-to-day management of it has still been the responsibility of ATC, under an unprecedented delegation of those responsibilities by the Department of the Interior.
ATC is called a "conference" because that's the way the founding meeting was billed and its main activity for most of the first decade was just that ? a meeting of confederated volunteers to report progress on fashioning the proposed Appalachian Trail and discuss mutual plans to complete the work.
Appalachian Trail Conference P. O. Box 807 799 Washington Street Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807