The A.T. Comprehensive Plan describes the underlying philosophy of the A.T. and the unique nature of volunteer involvement in the Trail project. It commits federal agencies to cooperation with ATC and Trail clubs and provides general policy direction for land protection and Trail management.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail Foundation Document articulates the purpose, significance of the Trail, its important resources, values, and interpretive themes that tell the Trail’s story. Although it 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 Because many of the trail's original planning documents are out of date, preparing the Foundation Document is the first step for considering the trail's future planning and study needs.