I. Outcome: A.T. treadway, Trail facility and corridor land deficiencies are identified by ATC and the Clubs, annual work plans are developed based on priority projects and capacity and 100% of the annual work plan is completed.
- Annually assess the A.T. treadway, open areas, boundary line conditions, and improve related data management systems.
- Working with the Clubs, the National Park Service’s Appalachian Trail Park Office (APPA), the U.S. Forest Service and state agency partners, collaboratively develop annual plans for Trail maintenance and land management priorities to effectively direct volunteer engagement and resource allocation.
The impacts to the Trail from organized group use, commercial use and increased hiker use are effectively managed to protect the A.T. hiking experience.
- Implement the Group Use Policy, aligning it with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and state agency policies.
- Support an assessment to identify priorities for new group camping sites and sanitation facilities.
- ATC becomes a Master Educator Leave No Trace Course Provider, providing courses to organizations and individuals that are leading others in organized outings on the A.T.
- ATC promotes a quality visitor experience and Trail resource protection through effective information services and communications.
- Continue to support the Kennebec hiker ferry service to meet increased demand, and expand a public awareness campaign to persuade hikers to use the ferry and not risk crossing the river on foot.
ATC meets land management standards set by the Land Trust Alliance.
- Align ATC policies and procedures with Land Trust Alliance management standards and practices.
- All ATC fee and easement parcels are visited and assessed annually and all easement violations are addressed.
- Transfer or sell parcels to conservation partners, only retaining ownership of parcels that can be leveraged for greater conservation and education purposes and develop plans for these parcels.
- Enlist and train volunteers to assist with annual monitoring of each ATC‐owned parcel and train volunteers to support and maintain landowner relationships.