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09-29-2015, 08:34
The world-famous Appalachian Trail (A.T.), with its unparalleled scenic beauty and opportunities for adventure, canít take care of itself. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the National Park Service are charged with protecting the Trail, now and for future generations. We need YOU to advise us on how to reach the next generation of Trail guardians and engage them in protecting this wondrous Trail. Become a member of the Next Generation Advisory Council and help us build a powerful voice for the Peopleís Path: The Appalachian Trail!

What is the Next Generation Advisory Council?
The Next Generation Advisory Council, under the tutelage of the ATC Stewardship Council, helps to shape policies, campaigns, and strategies in order to safeguard the Appalachian Trailís future as a recreational, environmental, historical, and wellness asset for the world.

The Next Generation Advisory Council will create a mission, vision, governance structure, and descriptive role for current and future Council members to follow.

To support the goal of broader relevancy, a facet of ATCís new Strategic Plan, the 10-member Council will:

Find pathways to increase youth involvement within ATC and on the Trail
Add and strengthen diverse participation in ATCís management structure
Provide opportunities for youth to contribute to, experience, and learn from Trail managers and partners
Advise and inform ATC on partnership opportunities
Be ambassadors and leaders for A.T. stewardship in their communities
Infuse a younger and more diverse voice into ATC programs and policies designed to encourage membership, advocacy, and leadership

Council members will participate in a Training and Orientation workshop weekend which will include:
An introduction to the Cooperative Management System
Workshops on the conservation and stewardship concerns of the A.T.
Leave No Trace education and trail maintenance stewardship
Commitment and Qualifications

One year term commitment
Communicate quarterly via Skype meetings
Must be between the ages of 18-30
Attend training meeting (tentatively April 14-16), and -if funding allows- the Volunteer Leadership Meeting August 26-28.

Next Generation Advisory Council members will join an organization that has worked cooperatively for more than 90 years with land managers and agencies, non-profits, communities, and thousands of volunteers. Professional development includes the opportunity to learn from ATC staff, as well as members of ATCís Stewardship Council, Regional Partnership Committees, 31 Trail Maintaining Clubs, leaders in designated AT Communities, and agency partners. Questions? Contact Julie Judkins [email protected]

Applications can be found at these two links: