The $250 per person fundraiser benefits the organization that spearheads maintenance of the 2,180-mile trail that crosses the Appalachian Mountains from Canada to Georgia. The mission of the conservancy 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.
Senators Susan Collins of Main and Mark Udall of Colorado will be honored with the ATC’s Congressional Leadership Award.
Senator Collins efforts to protect and preserve America’s parks, greenways, forests and her work on behalf the Appalachian Trail earned this recognition from the Conservancy. Nearly 1 million acres have been protected in Maine alone through her support of the Forest Legacy Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Senator Udall is being honored for spearheading numerous programs and legislative initiatives designed to protect our precious landscapes across the United States. He has been a great friend to the A.T. through his ardent support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Forest Service.
Pamela Underhill, retired Superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, will be honored with the Vanguard Award for her work with the National Park Service. Underhill retiered in 2012 after
She served as a federal employee for 37 years before retiring in 2012. Thirty-three of those years were spent at the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Park Office. As the A.T. Superintendent, Underhill oversaw the effort to put the A.T. on public lands. Hundreds of land tracts were acquired to protect the A.T. footpath under her leadership leaving a lasting legacy of land conservation and a cooperative management system that will steward the lands acquired for generations to come.
The AT began life in 1925 when volunteers and government worked together to build a continuous footpath through the Appalachian Mountains. The AT is managed under the National Park System and crosses the eastern United States from Main to Georgia.
It is the longest hiking only trail in the world.