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Greater Hartford Resident Elected to Conservancy

HARTFORD — A West Hartford woman was recently elected to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Board.

Beth Critton first learned about the Appalachian Trail when she mailed resupply packages to her son, Bryan, a 1997 2000-miler. She began her own A.T. odyssey in 2004 and has hiked over 1800 miles of the A.T. since then.  A life member of the ATC, Critton joined the stewardship council in 2011, becoming council chair and a board member in July 2013.

Critton is a land use and environmental attorney at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford. In 2011, she was recognized by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association as an outstanding advocate for outdoor recreation. Critton is past chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a life member of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, charter and current member of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society, serves on the board of the Connecticut Society of Women Environmental Professionals, and is trained as a plant conservation volunteer for the New England Wild Flower Society.

The board of directors is made up of 15 elected volunteers who are elected to serve two-year terms.

“The board of directors plays a vital role in shaping the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail by approving policies that govern the Trail and ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to complete its mission,” stated Steve Paradis, acting executive director of the ATC.

The board is responsible for communicating the mission and the purpose of the ATC. They establish and maintain relationships with the stewardship council, clubs, partners, members, and other stakeholders.  While enhancing the public standing of the ATC, they also ensure legal and ethical integrity and fiscal accountability.

Also elected to the board were new members Edward R. Guyot, Carrie Rodriguez-Tweeten, Samuel J. Sarofeen, Nathaniel Stoddard, and Greg Winchester.  Elizabeth Pierce Thompson of Ridgefield CT, Leonard Bernstein, Richard J. Daileader, Marcia Fairweather, Arthur Foley, Mary Higley, Terry Lierman, Sandra L. Marra, and Clark Wright Jr. are all returning board members.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage 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. For more information please visit

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