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Appalachian Trail plates

November 22, 2005|Mary Forgione

FAMILIAR sights along the Appalachian Trail -- a backpacker, a trail heading uphill, a thick forest -- are being stamped into metal as North Carolina issues specialty license plates dedicated to the Georgia-to-Maine route.

The nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conference, which preserves, promotes and manages the 2,167-mile trail, will receive $20 for each trail-on-a-plate requested. "HIKE-AT," "WALK-AT" and "2167-AT" have already been taken, according to environmental attorney Clark Wright of New Bern, N.C., who spearheaded the trail-on-a-plate campaign through the state legislature.

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Mary Forgione

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