Near Roanoke, Virginia, there is a stunning view of the 3,000-foot North Mountain from the Appalachian Trail. When a 237-acre property — situated along the mountain and prime for development — came up for sale, the trail’s viewshed was in jeopardy. Fortunately, The Conservation Fund’s capital and ability to move quickly allowed us to purchase the property swiftly so it could be protected as part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

View of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Killington. Photo by Green Mountain Club

Nearly 600 miles north of Virginia, we protected 629 acres surrounding the Appalachian Trail in Killington, Vermont. The existing trail corridor was a narrow 2,000-foot-wide ribbon, threatened by a growing demand for land near a large ski resort. In 2021 we transferred the property to the National Park Service for permanent protection when federal funding became available. Protecting the land improves the trail experience for hikers and provides access for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. The property also provides habitat for black bears, moose and migratory birds.

This work would not be possible without LWCF funding, which has been instrumental in increasing our efforts along the Appalachian Trail. In collaboration with partners, we will continue to protect public access, scenic views and wildlife habitat along this rugged and beautiful trail system.