The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has announced that sales from the North Carolina Appalachian Trail (A.T.) specialty license plate program have exceeded more than $1 million. Since the program’s inception in 2005, it has funded dozens of trail-related projects in the state of North Carolina.
For each North Carolina specialty A.T. plate that is purchased or renewed, the ATC receives $20. The ATC then awards annual grants to organizations and individuals that help fulfill the ATC’s mission within the state of North Carolina and along its common border with Tennessee. In 2015 alone, the ATC awarded $30,000 for trail and facilities maintenance, environmental monitoring, natural heritage projects and education and community outreach.