On June 30th, state and local community leaders joined the Cheshire A.T. committee and representatives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to officially celebrate the designation of Cheshire as an Appalachian Trail Community by the ATC, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the A.T. The event took place on the property of Diane’s Twist Ice Cream Shop on Main Street in Cheshire.
“We are thrilled that our many months of hard work have been rewarded with this designation,” said Eileen Quinn and Karen Daigle, co-chairs of the A.T. Community Committee for Cheshire. “We wanted to take some concrete action to help bring people to Cheshire by showcasing the A.T.,” the pair explained. “This grew out of the community building efforts and we have received strong support from Cheshire businesses.”
Launched in 2010, The Appalachian Trail Community™ designation program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the A.T. as an important national asset, and now with more than 45 communities participating, including Dalton, Great Barrington and North Adams, MA.
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to:
- Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
- Thank communities for their decades of service to hikers
- Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
- Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
- Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” stated Julie Judkins, Director of Education and Outreach, Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “These partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”