Protection of land along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) has been a priority for Trail managers ever since the Trail was established, and we have worked with state and federal agencies since 1982 to protect the lands surrounding the A.T. This has resulted in one of the most significant and successful land acquisition programs in the United States, and today there is a 250,000 acre greenway around the Trail that connects significant public lands in the eastern United States.
Land protection for the treadway is almost complete, but we remain vigilant of development in the viewshed, especially at some of the most stunning overlooks on the Trail. We continue to work with federal, state and multiple private partners to acquire additional lands that complete the protection of the corridor, and safeguard the picturesque vistas, wildlife habitat, farmlands and valuable historic sites that are all part of the Trail experience.
Land protection is accomplished through active monitoring of the protected Trail corridor boundary, management of land held by the ATC’s land trust, and supporting a network of volunteers who monitor proposals for incompatible development in the A.T. viewshed.