The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will once again be awarding mini-grants for projects in the region that will benefit the long-distance hiking trail.
This year the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will give out $25,000 in grants, not to exceed $5,000 per grant. The grants are funded through proceeds from the specialty AT license plates, which raised $116,000 last year for the AT Conservancy.
Grants can include trail work, conservation projects and trail promotion and education. Past projects have included:
• Smoky Mountains Hiking Club’s purchase materials to build mouldering privy at Cable Gap Shelter.
• Smoky Mountains Hiking Club’s purchase materials to build mouldering privy at Sassafras Gap Shelter.
• Efforts by the Nantahala Hiking Club to help the town of Franklin become an official “Trail Town.”
• Eforts to keep the bald on Roan Mountain from growing up, including a roving goat herd.
• Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club’s provision of food to volunteers participating in two-day volunteer Hard Core crew, working in N.C. to rehabilitate and relocate the Trail.
• Bear cables at backcountry trail shelters.
• Controlling invasive, exotic plant species.
For more information on the grants, please click here.
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