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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Appoints Shipman & Goodwin Attorney Beth Critton to National Stewardship Council

August 24, 2011

Beth Critton, a land use and environmental attorney with Shipman & Goodwin LLP, was recently appointed to the national Stewardship Council of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs through 14 states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

The Stewardship Council oversees policy development and programs related to the Appalachian Trail and surrounding lands. The Council advises the ATC’s conservation program on overall strategic direction, recommends policy to the board of directors, and serves as the interface among regional partnership committees, Trail clubs, ATC staff, agency partners and the board of directors. Ms. Critton will serve as Chair of the Council’s Community Outreach Committee, which provides guidance for the Appalachian Trail Communities program, Trails to Every Classroom initiative and other outreach programs.

Ms. Critton is past chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and recently worked with a consortium of outdoor recreation leaders to encourage the legislature to enact a law enhancing protection from liability for municipalities and similar property owners that open their lands for hiking, mountain-biking, rock climbing and other outdoor recreational activities. She is an avid hiker and hike leader, who has hiked over 1,400 miles of the Appalachian Trail and recently completed the Northeast 115 highest peaks.
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