The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) have announced this year’s recipients of North Carolina Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate grants for projects which enhance the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in North Carolina. $35,000 was granted this spring to eleven individuals and partner organizations including Trail clubs, schools, botanists and ecologists, and environmental & conservation groups. Overall, A.T. specialty license plate sales in North Carolina bring the ATC about $120,000 each year.
This year’s recipients include the Carolina Mountain Club, East Tennessee State University, Friends of the Smokies, Nantahala Hiking Club, North Carolina State University, Regulus Designs, Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Southern Appalachian Raptor Research, Summit Charter School, Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club, and The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards.
Some of the projects that this grant will help support include monitoring & and disease analysis of Gray’s Lily along the A.T. corridor in the Roans Mountains, repair food storage cables at Mollies and Cosby Shelters in the Great Smokies Mountains National Park, help support invasive plant workshops & other related activities along the A.T., complete a 5-year bird monitoring project in the A.T. bald habitats, and continue support of Summit Charter School’s 8th grade A.T. water monitoring trip.
This grant program is funded by drivers who purchase and renew their North Carolina A.T. specialty license plates. Twenty dollars from each license plate is given to the ATC to support its work in the state. This money is used to fund the grant program, for A.T. greenway acquisition, and to help support the work of the Southern Regional Office of the ATC in Asheville, North Carolina.
Specialty license plates for the A.T. are a way to support the ATC in its work to sustain the Trail into the future. A.T. specialty license plates are currently offered in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia.
For more information about the ATC license tag program visit www.appalachiantrail.org/plates.
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