The group devoted to maintaining about 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine has chosen a new name.
The Appalachian Trail Conference will become the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on July 4 next year.
Chairman Brian T. Fitzgerald says the group has outgrown its previous name, which was adopted in 1925 when it was mainly a coordinator of trail clubs.
He says the new name befits the organization's responsibility to protect and promote the entire Appalachian Trail.
The trail has been part of the national park system since 1968 and draws about two million hikers a year.