Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy needs your support

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) needs your support, ASAP!

The Tennessee legislature recently approved for the creation of a specialty license plate for the Appalachian Trail. Funds produced from the sale of the plate will be shared with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for the support and management of the Appalachian Trail.

In order for the state to produce the license plates, the ATC needs 1000 paid applications as soon as possible. As of March 11, the ATC has only 362 applications.

The plate will help the Appalachian Trail long into the future as a permanent source of funding. Funds from the plates will help the ATC by supporting:

* Trail and facilities maintenance
* land conservation
* public information efforts
* citizen scientist-based environmental monitoring program known as the A.T. MEGA-Transect
* the introduction of teachers and kids to the A.T. through ATC’s A Trail to Every Classroom program

A standard, numerical A.T. license plate will cost $35 and a personalized one will cost $70—in addition to the regular vehicle registration fee. The ATC will receive $15.56 of the fees for each plate produced or renewed. You also get a free one-time annual membership to the ATC.

The states of Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina have similar programs as well.

Please show your support for the Appalachian Trail by clicking here.


Jeff
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