Benton MacKaye's 1921 vision of "an Appalachian trail" was not limited to a narrow corridor. His goal for the Trail, and the surrounding landscape, was to offer an experience that joined people and nature for generations.
Through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s partnership with the National Park Service—and alongside other important federal, state and local organizations—we work to protect thousands of acres that make up the Wild East, expanding our capacity for conservation beyond the Trail. Doing so will help us realize the historic vision of an Appalachian Trail and mountain range that connects us north and south and forever safeguards our cherished American heritage.
The Trail is more than a serene footpath in the woods. It connects rural communities and working farms and forests and provides the foundation for world-class outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities. Although the A.T. is protected under federal law, the wild, scenic and culturally significant landscapes that define the uniqueness of the Wild East are vulnerable to an expanding human footprint—and need people like us to safeguard it.
When you make a $100 contribution toward our ongoing work to conserve the Wild East lands and their priceless resources, we will send you an 18" x 27" official Wild East poster as a reminder of the national treasure you’re helping us protect and enhance.
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