HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (Feb. 26, 2019) – The Appalachian National Scenic Trail benefits from a comprehensive lands package passed by Congress today that permanently reauthorizes the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Fund is used throughout the country to support federal and state projects that preserve significant natural, recreational and cultural areas.
The Land & Water Conservation Fund has helped preserve some of the most ecologically and recreationally important locations along the Appalachian Trail, including Bald Mountain Pond in Maine.
“Throughout the history of LWCF, important lands along the Trail have been protected, ensuring the preservation of scenic overlooks and wildlife migratory routes, and providing improved routing for the nearly 2,200-mile trail,” said Suzanne Dixon, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “The Appalachian Trail is the last contiguous open space in the eastern United States, and many of the Trail’s most important locations survive today thanks to this vital fund.”
LWCF is not paid for by taxpayer dollars and is instead funded through a small portion of federal offshore drilling receipts.
The comprehensive lands package also establishes two new heritage areas along the Trail, bringing the total number of national heritage areas the Trail passes through to 11.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,192 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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 generations to come. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Jordan Bowman
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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