Nominees for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be accepted through Feb. 28 to recognize those who have made a significant contribution toward establishing and maintaining the approximately 2,186-mile footpath that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia.

Nomination criteria and the nominating and selection processes for the 2015 Hall of Fame are:

Those eligible for inclusion include anyone who has made an exceptional and positive contribution to the Appalachian Trail or Appalachian Trail community. Eligible persons can be living or deceased. The emphasis will be on people who have made their contribution to the Appalachian Trail over a long period, whether or not they are still active.

Nominations will be solicited from throughout the hiking and trails community. The easiest way to submit a nomination is by using the online site https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXNSFS3. Nominations also may be submitted using the paper nomination form. Copies of the form can be obtained at http://tinyurl.com/ouxqnzd or by requesting one from the museum. A nominator need not be a member of any hiking organization to submit a nomination. A nominator may only make one nomination per election cycle. Nominators will be asked to justify their nomination in a brief statement not exceeding 200 words that describes the nominee and why he or she fits the criteria.

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum. The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg. Additional information is available at www.atmuseum.org.

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