Natural Resource & Land Stewardship Program Mission
The mission of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Natural Resource & Land Stewardship Program is to steward the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) corridor lands, which protect the Appalachian Trail experience as well as the corridor’s natural, cultural and scenic resources. This is accomplished through effective implementation of the Cooperative Management System involving ATC, Trail-maintaining Clubs, the National Park Service Appalachian National Scenic Trail office (APPA), and other public-agency partners.
The A.T. offers a diverse array of scenic opportunities along its 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine, and as a National Scenic Trail, the vistas and viewpoints of the A.T. are understood to be a fundamental part of the A.T. experience. Still, protecting and maintaining high quality scenic view experiences along the A.T. remains a challenge. Scenic viewscapes are increasingly jeopardized by a variety of external and internal factors. Steady population growth in the Eastern United States, intensifying land use near the trail, increasingly larger scale utility and resource extraction infrastructure, and changing forest composition throughout the Appalachian Mountains, all have the capacity to negatively impact the scenic quality of the A.T. In order to best manage the scenic resources of the A.T., it’s critical to understand where these scenic views are located and their extent, quality and value is as it relates to the visitor’s experience.
Under the primary supervision of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Science and Stewardship Director, this position is responsible for providing leadership in visual resource inventory and assessments for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST). The Visual Resource Inventory Project Manager will facilitate collaboration between ATC, Appalachian Trail-maintaining Clubs, agency partners and other Appalachian Trail (A.T.) landscape partners to achieve visual resource inventory assessments of all A.T. viewpoints and vistas throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Utilizing the National Park Service (NPS) Visual Resource Inventory (VRI) protocol developed by the NPS Air Resources Division, this position is responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers and partners, planning and leading VRI protocol trainings, coordinating and managing field monitoring visits, data collection, data entry and data management. This position will also be responsible for supervising 2-3 seasonal VRI technicians annually.
The Visual Resource Inventory Project Manager position is a two-year term position with the possibility of an extension.