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Susan Charkes, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, is a member of the Batona Hiking Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club. She co-chairs Batona’s Appalachian Trail Committee and is active with the club’s corridor stewardship program. She also serves as secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee and represents it on the Stewardship Council. Susan is a retired attorney and former executive director of the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust in Maryland. She works as a freelance writer and editor focusing on environmental and conservation organizations, and is the author of two guidebooks: Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia and Outdoors with Kids—Philadelphia, both published by AMC Books.