The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Georgia Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grants. This grant program is funded by the thousands of Georgia drivers who purchase or renew their A.T. specialty license plates.
Since 2013, Georgia A.T. specialty tags have generated over $300,000. Of that amount, the volunteer members of ATC’s GA Tag Grant Committee have awarded $193,274 in Georgia A.T. License Plate Grants. We are grateful to our partners who have participated in this grant program, helping to make the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and the countryside it traverses the best it can be.
For 2019, the grant program awarded $60,000 to fund 18 projects totaling $240,000 (400% leverage) that will help to preserve and protect the A.T. in Georgia. Grant recipients and a brief description of the projects are listed below.
Georgia Appalachian Trail Club received $35,500 for 11 projects: • Support for Save the Hemlocks initiative on the A.T. in Georgia • Support for GATC’s volunteer Trail Ambassador program • Outreach to bring youth from Atlanta and north Georgia to hike on the A.T. • Wilderness First Aid training for club volunteers • Support for ATC Ridgerunners along the Trail in Georgia • Tools for new A.T. Section Maintainers • Rock tools for A.T. projects • Spring Break Volunteer appreciation items • Sawyer Certification Class for club volunteers
Appalachian Trail Conservancy: • LatinX Partnership and Training – set up a support systems for Spanish speaking families and groups to feel welcome in the outdoors; host a Leave No Trace and How to Hike the A.T. workshop for Latino Outdoors Coordinators (on the east coast) and Latinx Hikers. • Support the NextGen Forest Ambassador program for GA youth to foster their understanding of and appreciation for public lands in their communities, including the Appalachian Trail.
Blairsville-Union County A.T. Community: Repair and restore the “History of the A.T. in Georgia” display at Neel Gap
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest: • Increase monitoring and education on the A.T. in GA through the hiring of a peak season backcountry ranger dedicated to the A.T. • Purchase tools for trail rehabilitation work on the A.T.
Len Foote Hike Inn: Support for a 2020 youth service learning trip to stay at the Hike Inn, perform trail work on the A.T. Approach Trail, and learn from GATC members.