New ED!

New Executive Director Selected for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Ronald J. Tipton, JD © NPCA/Benjamin C. TankersleyHarpers Ferry, WV (July 16, 2013) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) board of directors has appointed Ronald J. Tipton as the new executive director/CEO who will lead the organization beginning in late August.

Tipton has spent most of the past 30+ years as an advocate for public land preservation and national park protection. A graduate of George Washington University with an undergraduate degree in American Studies and a law degree from GW’s National Law Center, Tipton first worked as a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences and on the oversight/investigative staff of the House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Since 1978 he has been a part of the advocacy and/or management team of four non-profit national conservation organizations: The Wilderness Society, National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

Tipton was the senior vice president for programs for NPCA from 2000-2008, when he became the senior vice president for policy. Currently, he is focused on expanding the number of national park units to increase the natural and cultural diversity of the park system as the country approaches the 2016 Centennial celebration of the National Park Service.

Bob Almand, chair of the board of directors for the ATC, stated, “Ron has the passion, management experience, and advocacy skills that the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for, plus a strong connection to the Appalachian Trail and the Trail community. His high standards and experience will help move the organization forward to serve the next generation of Trail users.”

Tipton is the recent past President of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, an organization founded and supported by Episcopal parishes in the DC metropolitan area that provides counseling to individuals in need that want to improve their lives. He has been a member of the board or governing council of numerous recreation and trails organizations, including the ATC, , Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association.

Tipton has been married for 34 years to Rita Molyneaux and has a son who is a firefighter. In 1978 he walked the entire length of the Trail.

“I feel incredibly privileged and honored to be asked to be Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s executive director/CEO. Since I hiked the Trail I have served as a volunteer for more than 25 years with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and helped found the Appalachian Long Distance Hiker’s Association”, stated Tipton. “I am especially proud of working with people like Ed Garvey and former ATC executive director David Startzell to secure permanent protection through public ownership of the Appalachian Trail corridor from Georgia to Maine.”

Tipton enters the ATC at a time of growth and an expanding agenda for preserving the rich natural and cultural resources along the Trail corridor. The ATC currently has over 43,000 members, a vast network of over 6,000 volunteers, and an operating budget of $7.3 million.


You Are Invited! Warrior Hike “Walk Off the War” Event

Dutchess County Tourism and The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community invite you to join them in welcoming members of the 2013 Warrior Hike to the region on July 22nd. The Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” Program supports combat veterans who have served in conflicts around the globe transition from military service by thru-hiking the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine.
The hikers will arrive at the Appalachian Trail at Native Landscaping in Pawling where they will be welcomed by dignitaries and supporters — please join us there to greet them and show our support.
HIkers on Mountaintop

Afterwards, we will cross Route 22 and  follow the Appalachian Trail to Wingnut Farm on Lola Lane in Pawling, NY,  for  a community barbeque celebration.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please help us anticipate attendance and click on the link below to RSVP.
Press conference
Monday, July 22, 2013
From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Followed by
Hike to Community BBQ
(Approx. 1.5 miles;
driving directions below)


Appalachian Trail

Native Landscaping
991 NY Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564

Celebration to follow:

6:00 PM at Wingnut Farm,

Lola Lane, Pawling, NY

Link to Google map 

I can’t make it
Please contact us if you have questions about the event or registration. You can read more about the Warrior Hike “Walk Off the War” Program at
Thank you for your response, and we look forward to seeing you at your event.
The Warrior Hike Support Team
Arch Street Communications

I Am The Appalachian Trail


We have just launched our 2013 Video Contest and we want to know what makes you a part of the Appalachian Trail! The grand prize winner will have their video shown in theaters! 
Contest Overview
We are accepting video shorts, no longer than 3 minutes, which answer the question: How are you a part of the Appalachian Trail?

First Place

  • Video screened at the 2014 ATC Membership Drive
  • Custom ATC hammock, courtesy of ENO™
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official magazine of the A.T.)
  • Video featured on the ATC’s social media pages (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Google+)
  • One-year ATC membership

Second Place

  • ATC themed tote bag
  • Glow-in-the-dark water bottle
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys
  • One-year ATC membership

Third Place

  • ATC themed hat
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys
  • One-year ATC membership


  • Video Submission: Monday, July 8, 2013 – Sunday, September 15, 2013.
  • Voting Period: Monday, September 16, 2013 – Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Winners announced: Monday, November 11, 2013

To submit your video, visit and locate the “Video Contest” tab. You’ll find it just under our cover photo near “Photos” and “Events.”

To learn more, visit We look forward to receiving your video submissions!

Happy filming!
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Team