December 17, 2021
Trailway News: Keeping It Moving
Hikers aren’t the only ones who follow the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)! The Trail traverses ecosystems ranging from alpine summits to wetlands, creating a connected natural corridor traveled by all sorts of wildlife — from majestic moose to tiny cerulean warblers. In our latest blog post, we explore how A.T. wildlife increasingly depends on a continuous, protected A.T. Landscape as the impacts of climate change worsen.
The A.T. in Its Second Century
This week, we continue our series of interviews with ATC staff as they discuss key goals for the next century of A.T. protection.
The Benefits of a Connected A.T. Landscape
The A.T. is much more than a recreational footpath — its surrounding landscape also serves as the largest climate corridor in the eastern United States. ATC Director of Science & Stewardship Marian Orlousky explains how a connected landscape with healthy forests helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Collaborating with A.T. Communities
ATC Director of Education & Outreach Julie Judkins explains how collaboration between Trailside communities and Trail management partners is essential for engaging and encouraging a new generation of stewards to become involved in A.T. protection.
Did you miss last week’s videos? See all the videos posted so far in our YouTube Playlist, “The A.T. in Its Second Century.”
Restoring Native Plants on Max Patch
Earlier this week, ATC staff members were joined by partners at the U.S. Forest Service and MountainTrue for a day of native planting at Max Patch. This behind-the-scenes look first seen on our Instagram highlights the important work that will help restore Max Patch’s native grasses and wildflowers.
ATC Holiday Hours
Don’t forget: all ATC offices and Visitor Centers will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2 in celebration of the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you when we resume normal operating hours on Monday, January 3.
Thank you for your continued support and the love you express for the Trail!