DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Appalachian Trail Conservancy-Rangeley

Amanda Gardner

DOI / VISTA: Amanda Gardner
Supervisor: Julie Judkins
Address: Rangeley Maine, Franklin County, Maine 04970
County: Franklin County
Voice Telephone: 828-254-3708 x 11
Web site:
Congressional District: 2
Bureau: National Park Service (NPS)


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy preserves and manages the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

The DOI/VISTA project site Appalachian Trail Conservancy-Rangeley is sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) whose mission is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

About the Surrounding Community

More than 18% of residents in Rangeley are living at an income below the poverty line.  Rangeley is well known as a "Trail Town" along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) due to the influx of hikers taking advantage of the beautiful trails and popular outdoor recreation areas for which the community provides an entrance. The majority of visitors coming to Rangeley and Lakes and Mountains Region are repeat visitors, but the primary reason they are coming is because of outdoor recreation and adventure. There is a need for leveraging resources in other A.T. Communities and building off of the outdoor recreation based assets to bring new visitors to the area. 

Project Overview

DOI/VISTA Amanda Gardner works to build networks and community capacity to plan for adequate infrastructure, services, and community training. She also assists in the development of new partnerships that will expand local capacity and support steps to advance the new strategic direction of sustainable outdoor recreation development. Working with community leaders; the local A.T. Community™ Committee; agency partners such as the National Park Service,  Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, High Peaks Alliance, Rangeley Trail Center and Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and ATC staff; the new Youth Outdoor Network; and Teens to Trails programs, Amanda is also focusing on efforts to implement effective conservation communication projects, develop outreach programs, and support a regional program for outdoor recreation-based economic development projects. 

Sponsors and Partners

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