Appalachian Trail Landscape

Science and Stewardship Symposium 2021

A.T. Conservation Perspectives: Science, Research, and Tools to Inform the Next Century of Appalachian Trail Landscape Protection and Stewardship

A Science and Stewardship Symposium

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and National Park Service worked with the organizations and members of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership to host a six-part virtual science symposium dedicated to the exploration of contemporary science, conservation approaches, and research topics for the benefit of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership and the advancement of conservation stewardship efforts throughout the Appalachian Trail Landscape.

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A.T. Conservation Perspectives:

Science, Research, and Tools to Inform the Next Century of Appalachian Trail Landscape Protection and Stewardship

A six-part virtual symposium dedicated to the exploration of contemporary science and research topics for the benefit of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership and the advancement of conservation stewardship efforts throughout the Appalachian Trail Landscape.

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The proceedings of the A.T. Landscape Science and Stewardship Symposium can be found below along with video recordings for each of the six symposium sessions.

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Session 1: March 31, 2021

A.T. Landscape: Status of a Critical Climate Corridor

An analysis of protection for a climate resilient A.T. Landscape.

Presented by: Abigail Weinberg, Open Space Institute

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Session 2: April 21, 2021

An Assessment of Ecological Values in Protection beyond the A.T. Corridor

An assessment of the gradients of biodiversity and ecological integrity to identify gaps in protection of high value A.T. areas.

Presented by: Dr. Peter McKinley, The Wilderness Society

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Session 3: June 2, 2021

The Eastern Wildway

Examples of habitat connectivity and wildlife corridor projects at regional and continental scales.

Presented by: Dr. Ron Sutherland, Wildlands Network

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The I-40 and Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project

Presented by: Jeffrey Hunter, National Parks Conservation Association

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Session 4: July 13, 2021

The Maine A.T. 2020 Report

A methodology for analysis and parcel scale prioritization for land conservation of the A.T. region in Maine.

Presented by: Simon Rucker, Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust

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Session 5: September 22, 2021

Long-term Research & Monitoring in Northeast Mountains

A methodology for analysis and parcel scale prioritization for land conservation of the A.T. region in Maine.

Presented by Sarah Nelson, AMC Director of Research & Georgia Murray, AMC Staff Scientist

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Session 6: December 8, 2021

Assessing Natural Resources for the Appalachian Trail

An evaluation of the current conditions of natural resources within the managed A.T. Corridor and its surrounding landscape.

Presented by Dr. Claire Jantz, Shippensburg University Professor and Director at the Center for Land Use and Sustainability.

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