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The Wilderness Land Trust has named Jacqueline Van Dine to their board of directors. Van Dine is a cofounder and brand director for Ahnu Footwear in San Francisco, California. Her role includes creating brand vision, marketing strategy, and product design. Under Van Dine’s leadership, Ahnu has donated more than $250,000 to environmental and health-focused non-profit organizations since the brand’s inception in 2007.

“Our Board of Directors has a long history of incredibly successful work and Jacqueline’s deep roots in the outdoor industry bring unique and welcome strengths to our group,” said Reid Haughey, Wilderness Land Trust President.

As a board member, Van Dine will join Chairman Mark Trautwein and eight others in oversight and guidance of the Wilderness Land Trust.  She will serve a three-year term on the board.

“The wilderness movement is growing and evolving as it addresses emerging issues like climate change, making this an extremely important time to be involved,” said Van Dine.  “The Wilderness Land Trust has a simple, strong goal, and can provide some immediate, permanent support to challenged ecosystems throughout the National Wilderness Preservation System — which now includes 757 areas (109,512,959 acres) in 44 states and Puerto Rico.”

The group’s mission is rooted in the history of wilderness in the United States.  In 1964, The Wilderness Act created the landmark National Wilderness Preservation System.   Under the system, once a wilderness area is created, its boundary and ownership can only be altered by an act of Congress.

While this landmark legislation allowed for the preservation of millions of acres of wilderness, many of those areas have included private lands – or “in-holdings” – such as mining claims, homesteads, timber claims and railroad grants.   In the US, in-holdings within wilderness areas account for more than 400,000 acres.

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We were out at the 25th annual Trail Days festival in Damascus, VA this weekend. There is a very good reason that Damascus is known as the friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail – the town pulls out all of the stops for this festival and welcomes through-hikers with open arms year round. I was in Damascus at Mojoes Trailside Coffee two months ago and the entire town (there are only 1,066 full time residents) was talking about the first through-hiker who just walked into town that morning.

Anyway, here is a short photo collection of our time in Damascus this weekend!

Zero Zero recounting his adventures as the first blind person to through-hike the AT solo

Jon cooking up breakfast on Saturday outside of the Ahnu booth

Sue from Fifty Sense showing off her Montara boots

Through hikers lining up for Chili courtesy of Granite Gear

Trail Days is this weekend in Damascus, VA and Venture Sports will be there with Ahnu.

Check out the schedule of events HERE

Check out the list of attendees HERE

Last weekend we went out to the Nantahala Gorge for NOC’s first annual AT Bridge Founders Day Festival. The Appalachian Trail runs right through the middle of their campus and they put on a great event for the hikers and anyone else who cared to show up. There were slideshows from Andrew Skurka and Jennifer Pharr Davis as well as clinics on stoves, packing light, footwear, packs, and any other gear you can imagine.

Here’s a little video we did…

And here are a few photos…