Appalachian Trail Conservancy receives grant from L.L.Bean

Feb 14, 2014

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from L.L.Bean, a multi-channel merchant of outdoor gear and apparel, to support the ATC’s Grants to Clubs program.

The Grants to Clubs program is administered by the ATC and helps support the 31 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and their partners to complete necessary projects along the trail. These projects include trail, shelter and bridge construction, recruiting and training new volunteers, purchasing tools and safety gear, developing educational materials, and community outreach. Since 1982, L.L.Bean has donated more than a half a million dollars to the Grants to Clubs program.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to have supporters like L.L.Bean to help further the efforts of thousands of volunteers,” said Ron Tipton, executive director of the ATC. “Thanks to L.L.Bean, we are able to provide much-needed resources to the Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs and their partners.”

In addition to being one of the largest corporate contributors to the ATC, L.L.Bean’s employee leaders and volunteers have also worked in partnership with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club to help maintain an 18.5-mile section of the A.T. in Maine for the past 34 years.

“We're grateful to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and all the dedicated volunteers from Georgia to Maine for their outstanding stewardship of this very special outdoor recreation resource,” said Janet Wyper, community relations manager for L.L.Bean. “We're pleased to thank them with this financial support of their efforts.”

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 Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 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 centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

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