“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited about building its volunteer base by providing A.T. Ambassadors to designated A.T. Communities™
Bennett has lived in the Franklin community for nearly 20 years and loves the mountains and forests in the
Nantahala region. She is an educator, horticulturalist, hiker and has section hiked much of the A.T. She enjoys designing environmental service learning opportunities for students and leading nature-oriented activities for families. This is Bennett’s second year as an A.T. Community™ Ambassador.
A Madison County native, Baker has a double Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Technical Photography from Appalachian State University in Boone. She has professional experience in media, social networking and in the field of education. Her passion for the Trail developed last summer while hiking the A.T. with her father, completing a total of 200 miles through Tennessee and North Carolina.
“I’ve seen what the Appalachian Trail means to the community and what the community means to the Trail,” stated Baker. “I’ve realized that the Trail provides a wonderful place for family and friends to come together in a way that only the stillness of the woods allows.”
The Appalachian Trail Community™ program (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is the longest hiking- only footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.
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