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1964 – 2014


On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, thereby establishing our National Wilderness Preservation System.  On September 3, 2014, lovers of wild lands will celebrate the 50th birthday of this landmark event that made history — its grand, golden anniversary.

In celebrating, wilderness activists bring attention to wild lands that recently became wilderness – as, for example, California’s “Lost Coast” or the Owyhee area in south-western Idaho.  And they are drawing attention to many places that still need permanent preservation – by law – as wild nature.

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April, 2014


It’s exciting to see all the new growth that is popping up around us during this spring season!  The number one activity of GATC members during April will be getting back out on the trail after the last few months of cold and ice, stretching their legs, and experiencing all the beauty that nature has to offer.  I hope everyone has an opportunity to get outside for one of GATC’s many scheduled hikes and backpacks, and enjoy the trout lilies, toothwort, and trilliums that grace the forest along our trails.




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Controlled Burns

Gainesville, Ga. (February 28, 2014) – The USDA Forest Service may conduct controlled burns on approximately 9000 acres in Union, Towns, Lumpkin and Fannin Counties within the Chattahoochee National Forest through March 31st of this year.  The Forest Service uses controlled burns when conditions are just right to reduce the amount of vegetation and woody debris on the ground that could contribute to destructive wildfires and reduce the risk of damage to the forest and neighboring property in the future. The burns also serve to improve wildlife habitat because of the high nutritional value of the new growth that will take place this spring and the more open conditions in the forest.  

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GATC Mission Statement

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public.  The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

C-ONFAll of the A.T. in Georgia falls within the Forest.

Leave No Trace

Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC manages all aspects of the A.T. from Georgia to Maine.