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Hikes & Stewardship Projects Celebrate 50th Anniversary


Here's a golden anniversary that's truly golden. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, one of our most enduring environmental laws. Since 1964, the National Wilderness Preservation System has permanently protected 757 wilderness areas in 44 states.
To celebrate this 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the US Forest Service and an alliance of trail and conservation organizations have joined together to plan a full schedule of hikes and stewardship projects throughout the year in the wilderness areas of North Georgia.


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December, 2014


If you weren’t able to attend the Annual Business Meeting this year, you missed a couple of exciting announcements.  The first AT Tag grants were awarded!  Congratulations to Jay Dement for getting a Wilderness First Aid Course funded. Ron Hamlin received a grant for a revision of the GATC website.  Dayton Miller, on behalf of the Blairsville-Union County AT Community Advisory Board, received a grant to develop interpretive signs about the history of the AT.  Revenue collected for the AT Tag program from the Georgia Department of Revenue added up to $26, 160 for the first year of the program.  Any funds that are not used this year will roll over to be used next year.  Keep that in mind if you have an idea for a project that will benefit the AT in Georgia, and apply for a grant.  Grant guidelines and application forms are on the GATC website.

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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.