PCT?grad appointed as ambassador to Pa. Appalachian Trail community

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has selected Paul Smith to serve as the volunteer ambassador to the designated Appalachian Trail Community of Duncannon, in Perry County.

Smith, who has an associate’s degree in forest technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology, will serve as a community liaison to the conservancy and the Mountain Club of Maryland as well as the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, to encourage volunteerism and stewardship of the trail at the local level.

Sixteen ambassadors serve 14 communities along the Appalachian Trail.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited about building its volunteer base by providing ambassadors to designated communities to help increase local stewardship of public lands and support healthy lifestyles for community citizens,” said Julie Judkins, community program manager with the conservancy.

Smith was involved in the designation of Duncannon as a Trail community in 2012 and helped coordinate the completion of a trail-themed mural in town. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, gardening and planting trees.

This is Smith’s second year as the community ambassador to Duncannon.

For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Paul Smith, Ambassador to Duncannon

Paul Smith, Ambassador to Duncannon

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.