Appalachian National Scenic Trail wants your opinion

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We hear so much about and from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy that we may forget that the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a unit of National Park Service.

And now the National Park Service wants your input. NPS is starting the process of preparing a Foundation Document for planning and managing the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The trail would like to invite the public to join in this effort.

A Foundation Document involves revisiting a national scenic trail’s core purpose and significance, most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell the trail’s important stories. Although the Foundation Document 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 Because many of the trail’s original planning documents are out of date, preparing the Foundation Document is the first step for considering the trail’s future planning and study needs.

So what is most important about the Appalachian National Scenic Trail?

What is its most pressing threats and its greatest opportunities?

The Trail staff will take your thoughts and feedback into consideration as they prepare the Foundation Document.

You may submit your feedback from December 9, 2013 to January 9, 2014 by responding to five questions about the trail’s significance, threats, and opportunities. See the document and take part in this study.

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