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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Please stay off the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail, given its ever-increasing popularity over the past weeks, is no longer a viable space to practice social distancing.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

March 19, 2020 Update on COVID-19 and the A.T.

An update from ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra on our ongoing actions to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission on and around the Appalachian Trail.

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Updated COVID-19 Guidance for A.T. Multi-day and Thru-Hikers

ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra advises multi-day campers and thru-hikers to postpone their hikes due to the risks of COVID-19 transmission.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC’s COVID-19 Plan

President & CEO Sandra Marra discusses the next steps in helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Appalachian Trail.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Protecting the Trail’s Continuous Journey

Creating a continuous footpath from Maine to Georgia was not a one-time event. In order to preserve the Trail’s full 2,000-mile journey, continual maintenance and guardianship are essential to ensure the A.T. always remains open.

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By Sandra Marra, ATC President & CEO

Preserving the Trail’s Network of Protectors

An upcoming Supreme Court decision could change how the Trail has been managed for over 50 years.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Bear Mountain: A Legacy of Footpath Protection

Almost 100 years ago, something extraordinary was happening in the mountains of eastern New York that continues to inspire and inform the ATC’s work today.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Restoring the Atlantic Salmon’s Path to Henderson Brook

Deep in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness, ATC and its partners are working to restore access to an important water source for native salmon and trout.

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By Julie Judkins, ATC Director of Education and Outreach, & Sasha DeCaro

Massachusetts Youth Receive Training at Trail Stewardship Summit

In mid-October 2019, students, educators and service leaders gathered for the MY Trail Summit, learning valuable skills for protecting the Appalachian Trail and America’s public lands.

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by Aaron Ibey

Mountain High Stargazing

WHEN WE ARRIVED AT ROAN KNOB Shelter in the middle of the night, it was dark as could be, and we could only see as far as our head lamps could shine.

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The wild east initiative acknowledges that what makes the trail special is the landscape around it, an interconnected tapestry of plants, animals, waterways, geography, and sky.

The Sky Begins at Your Feet

The wild east initiative acknowledges that what makes the trail special is the landscape around it, an interconnected tapestry of plants, animals, waterways, geography, and sky.

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By Matt Drury

Shortleaf Pine

There has been a dramatic decline of shortleaf pine forests and associated habitats that once covered a vast area from eastern Texas to Florida and up the eastern seaboard to New Jersey; in pure stands or in mixed shortleaf pine/oak savanna ecosystems, they grew on more than 280 million acres.

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By Marina Richie

Wild Skyway

Wherever you are on the Appalachian Trail, birds offer sweet companionship. Yet, as hiker numbers soar, bird populations tumble.

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The Search for Bicknell's Thrush

A Song at Dawn

Nick Lund of Maine Audubon shares his face-to-face encounter with one of the rarest (and most elusive!) birds in the country.

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What Soars Above Kittatinny Ridge

The 125 miles of the Appalachian Trail that follow Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge see an incredible amount of hawk and eagle migrations.

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Appalachian Balds are for the Birds

The iconic bald mountains along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee are significant to the future of migratory and resident birds.

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By Amanda Wheelock

A Wonder in Winter

A.T. adventurer Amanda Wheelock explains why hiking the Trail during the Winter can be a magical experience.

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By Marina Richie

Can the A.T. Save Birds in Peril?

With bird populations decreasing throughout North America, could natural havens like the Appalachian Trail make the difference between survival and extinction?

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