Incompatible development near the A.T. threatens the intent of a national scenic trail as outlined in the National Trails Act. Such development potentially impacts the hiking experience and fragile landscapes surrounding the Trail. These developments may include expanded electric transmission corridors, new or expanded highways and roads, and poorly sited industrial wind farms and large scale natural gas pipelines, among others.
We work to educate local leaders about these threats to the Trail in an effort to avoid or mitigate negative impacts. We also work closely with state and federal agencies to ensure effective policies are developed to protect Trail resources.