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L.L. Bean awards grant to support trail clubs
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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has received a $20,000 grant from L.L.Bean, a multi-channel merchant of outdoor gear and apparel, to support the ATC’s Grants to Clubs program.

Administered by the ATC, the Grants to Clubs program helps support the 31 Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs and their partners to complete necessary projects along the trail. Projects include trail, shelter and bridge construction; recruiting and training new volunteers; purchasing tools and safety gear; developing educational materials; and community outreach. Since 1982, L.L.Bean has donated more than a half a million dollars to the Grants to Clubs program.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to have supporters like L.L.Bean to help further the efforts of thousands of volunteers,” said Ron Tipton, executive director of the ATC. “Thanks to L.L.Bean, we are able to provide much-needed resources to the Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs and their partners.”

The ATC also received more than $1 million in revenue from the sale of trail specialty license plates in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. The License Plate Program was established in 2005 to support the ATC in its work to sustain the Trail into the future.

“Funds from the plates support a number of projects that preserve and protect the Appalachian Trail,” said Morgan Sommerville, ATC regional director.

Money generated from the sales and renewals of specialty license plates goes to trail and facilities maintenance, environmental monitoring and natural heritage projects and education and community outreach.

For more information about the Appalachian Trail, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

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