National Park Service Seeks Input on Appalachian Trail

Published Dec 10, 2013


The Portal to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Troutsville, VA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The National Park Service (NPS) is asking for your help. They're preparing a Foundation Document to help them make plans for the management of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT). The NPS would like your opinions and input.

A Foundation Document involves revisiting a national scenic trail's core purpose and significance, most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell the trail's important stories. Although the Foundation Document is not a decision-making document and does not include actions or management strategies, it describes a shared understanding of what is most important about the trail. In this capacity, the Foundation Document will reestablish the underlying guidance for future management and planning decisions for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Because many of the trail's original planning documents are out of date, preparing the Foundation Document is the first step for considering the trail's future planning and study needs.

The National Park Service invites you to share your thoughts about what is most important about the Appalachian Trail, to help identify the AT's most pressing threats and its greatest opportunities. Trail staff will take your thoughts and feedback into consideration as they prepare the Foundation Document.

You may submit your feedback from December 9, 2013 to January 9, 2014 by responding to questions about the trail's significance, threats and opportunities.

Click Here to Respond to National Park Service's Request for AT Input

Click Here to Read the Questions About the AT's Greatest Needs

Topics & Questions

  1. What do you value most about the Appalachian Trail?
  2. What do you think are the most important resources of the Appalachian Trail?
  3. What do you think are the most important stories of the Appalachian Trail?
  4. What opportunities for visitor experiences, education and outreach, or resource protection efforts would you like to see for the Appalachian Trail?
  5. What do you think are the greatest issues or threats facing the Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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