Friday, September 14, 2012

Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Committee meeting Monday, Sept. 17

The next Duncannon A.T. Community Advisory Committee meeting is planned for Monday, Sept. 17th at 6:30PM at the Borough Office.  On the agenda will be a presentation from the Mountain Club of Maryland Trail Supervisor, Mike Jenkins, and planning for the upcoming year.  A few things for Committee members to think about in advance of the planning meeting: 

What does Duncannon hope to get out of the A.T. Community program?  Answers may include: 
  • Be part of the national designation network
  • Gain recognition and visibility through signage, media, etc.
  • Enhance partnerships with public land agencies
  • Enhance partnerships with volunteers
  • Increase community viability and economic health
  • Increase community environmental stewardship
  • Preserve Duncannon's sense of place
  • Enhance recognition of Duncannon as an outdoor recreation area
  • Increase visitation to Duncannon
What can Duncannon do for the Appalachian Trail?  Answers may include: 
  • Provide volunteers to manage and maintain the A.T.
  • Increase knowledge of the A.T. as an asset
  • Increase community awareness of the A.T.
  • Protect resources within the trail corridor through zoning, comprehensive planning, smart growth, etc.
  • Include the A.T. in community marketing info (brochures, web sites, etc.)
  • Increase proper use of the A.T.
  • Increase education about responsible behavior in the outdoors
  • Build membership for the local A.T. clubs and Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Increase partnerships and dialogue among land managers, volunteers, and community leadership
How available are the following hiker services?
  • Lodging
  • Camping 
  • Outfitter
  • ATMs
  • Restaurants
  • Laundry
  • Grocery/Re-supply
  • Showers
  • Pharmacy/Medical Services
  • Library/Computer/Internet
  • Post Office
  • Public Restrooms
  • Discounts for Hikers
  • Storage for Hikers
  • A.T. Souvenirs
  • Signage about the A.T.
  • Kiosks about the A.T.
  • Information about how the A.T. relates to your Community
What is Duncannon's stage of action for the following?
  • Our community has strong partnerships with public land agencies
  • Our community offers clear communication about the A.T. to wider audiences
  •  Volunteer leadership for the A.T. in our community is committed
  • New A.T. volunteers have stepped up lately
  • My community offers community-led hikes of the A.T.
  • We have regular programs to protect the A.T.
  • We regularly partner with the ATC on programs
  • The A.T. is included in our community brochures
  • Information about the A.T. is included on our web site
  • Community events have a clear focus on trails and outdoor recreation
Does Duncannon have?
  • Visitor or Community center
  • Comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance
  • Downtown beautification plan
  • Strategic marketing plan
  • Shuttle from A.T. to town
  • Shuttle to points north and south on the A.T.
  • Public transportation/shuttles to the airport
  • Car rental/taxi services

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