The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce the current recipients of grants generated by the Tennessee Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate program, which helps fund projects to enhance the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. Recipients include the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, and the Cherokee National Forest. More than $6,200 was awarded for projects to benefit the Appalachian Trail.
Funding from the Tennessee A.T. Tag program has provided hardhats for A.T. volunteers working in Tennessee; food and volunteer appreciation materials for special volunteer Trail construction events on Roan Mountain and Pond Mountain; transportation of Trail rehabilitation materials to a remote location in the Smokies; and construction of a vehicle access barrier at Beauty Spot.
"The Tennessee Appalachian Trail license plate was established as a means for Tennessee residents to support Trail programs in Tennessee," said Joe DeLoach of the Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club. "In some cases, such support might have been attainable through other funding sources, but not with the speed of a dedicated revenue stream. We say thank you to all the Tennessee residents who have purchased the Appalachian Trail specialty license plate, and we are very happy to apply those funds to four worthy projects."
Since the program’s inception, the specialty plate’s sales and renewals have brought the ATC about $60,000. With an operating reserve established, planning is underway for additional projects later this year.
The Tennessee A.T. Tag grant program is funded by drivers who purchase and renew their Tennessee A.T. specialty license plates. Fifteen dollars and fifty-six cents from each license plate purchase and renewal is returned to the ATC to support its work in the state. The funds generated are used to support A.T. greenway acquisition projects and Trail related work in Tennessee by the ATC.
Specialty A.T. license plates are a way to support the ATC in its work to preserve and maintain the Appalachian Trail. Other states currently offering the specialty A.T. plates include Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.
For more information about the ATC license tag program, please click here.