Appalachian Trail License Plate Revenue Exceeds $1 Million In Southern Region

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced that revenue received from the sale of Appalachian Trail specialty license plates in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia recently exceeded the $1 million mark. The A.T. License Plate Program was established in 2005 in order to support the ATC in its work to sustain the trail into the future.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy says thank you to all of the Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia residents who have purchased the Appalachian Trail specialty license plate,” said Morgan Sommerville, ATC regional director. “Funds from the plates support a number of projects that preserve and protect the Appalachian Trail.”

Money generated from the sales and renewals of A.T. specialty license plates in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia is used to complete a broad range of projects along the A.T.’s southern region through the License Plate Grant Program. Projects that receive funds include trail and facilities maintenance, environmental monitoring and natural heritage projects and education and community outreach.

In addition to Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, Virginia also offers its residents A.T. specialty license plates. Depending on the state, a portion of the cost of each plate (between $10 and $20) is returned to the ATC.

For more information about the A.T. License Plate Program, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/plates.


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