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Linking donors: The private funding behind the Appalachian Trail

The AT is a beloved stretch of public land and connected footpaths running from Georgia to Maine. A recent $3 million grant spotlights how a conservancy is working to boost fundraising around the trail.


Key point of this short piece comes at the end:

Of course, while donors are willing to step up, there is a dark backdrop to such donations, as protections are gutted by Ryan Zinke's Department of the Interior, leaving public lands more vulnerable than they have been in many years.
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