The Appalachian Trail Has Re-Opened
Here is a message we have received from ATC.
Hello A.T. Club Managers:
As you may have expected today, the National Park Service just informed ATC that the Appalachian Trail is reopened, that volunteer workers are again protected by the Volunteers in the Parks and Volunteers in the Forests Programs, and that all normal and routine maintenance activities, workshops, club hikes and maintenance operations can proceed! Please remove any posted closures that you put up on October 1-2, and inform your workers and hikers all's well for now.
As you know, all the nation's national parks were closed since October 1 due to a lapse in appropriations that was remedied temporarily last evening. We are delighted to welcome our NPS-APPA colleagues back to work (copied here)!
We have already begun our after-action review of this closure. Superintendent Wendy Janssen and Chief Ranger Todd Remaley just hosted a call among ATC staff about how this process was carried out on the A.T., what could have been done better, and how we might be better prepared in the future.
If you have any comments, we invite any insights or observations. Please contact Todd or me <email@example.com> with any remarks. I welcome your phone call too, if you prefer to talk.
Thanks for all you do for our wonderful footpath, and the Appalachian parks, forests and woodlands that make it possible.