Fletcher Meadema is a doctoral student researching geospatial analyses to support visitor use management and sustainable trail design in the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources. After completing an undergraduate degree in Architecture at Virginia Tech, he spent two years working as an ATC Ridgerunner in Catawba, VA, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Roan Highlands. He returned to Virginia Tech to complete a master’s degree conducting research on the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. In addition to his work on long trails, he has worked on trail design and visitor use management projects on private, state, and federal land in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kansas, California, Kentucky, and Minnesota. He hiked the southern half of the Appalachian Trail in 2010, thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015, and hiked two thousand miles of the Continental Divide Trail in 2019.