PATC obtained its first property, the Bear Spring Cabin tract, in 1939 as the result of a gift from Harrison Krider. Since then the club has obtained other properties through gift or purchase, and is now a major conservation property owner in the Mid-Atlantic States. PATC currently owns 39 properties, totaling more than 2,000 acres. In addition to 39 major properties, the club also manages several leased properties and lands containing trail and scenic easements. PATC acquires land based on 3 principles: 1) to protect PATC-maintained trails, 2) to protect the environment surrounding PATC trails, and 3) to enhance recreational purposes. Once acquired, PATC properties are managed under the principles of conservation and environmental stewardship.To find out more about PATC's Land activities, or to get involved in the club's efforts, contact our Lands Committee.
The A.T. follows a narrow corridor of mostly publicly owned land as it makes it way from Maine to Georgia. In 1978, the National Park Service (NPS) and Appalachian Trail Park Office (ATPO) began the task of purchasing the privately owned lands needed to provide a protected corridor for the trail. Responsibility for the corridor has been assigned to the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC). The ATC coordinates monitoring of state and federal lands within established forests and parks, but delegates monitoring of NPS lands to the local maintaining clubs. PATC has responsibility for NPS corridor lands from Pine Grove Furnace State Park (Pennsylvania) to Rock Fish Gap (Virginia). The largest parts of the NPS corridor lands are in Virginia/West Virginia from the Potomac River to Shenandoah NP. To find out more about this activity, contact our Corridor Monitors Committee.
The PATC Naturalist coordinates PATC's involvement in survey's of natural resources along the trail, including stream quality monitoring and flora and fauna surveys.
If you are interested in helping with these surveys, please contact our Naturalist Committee.