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The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

A Time to be Bold


232 Pages, 6.0 x 9.0

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95)

Publication Date: January 2010

ISBN 9780917953200

Rights: WOR

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (Jan 2010)

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In 1968, management of the Appalachian Trail shifted from control by an informal alliance of private-citizen volunteers to a designated responsibilty of the National Park Service. To protect it from adverse development, Congress had made the trail part of the national park system and endorsed an unique private/public cooperative management system involving scores of private organizations and public jurisdictions. The volunteers still have the lead role in defining the work, but public agencies have the accountability. This June 1987 history is the inside story of how the pieces of that puzzle were put together, by the chairman of a group of volunteers and state-appointed officials that crafted this model of private/public stewardship of public recreational lands.

Author Biography

A Yale professor emeritus now, Dr. Hank Foster served as the chairman of the now-dissolved Appalachian National Scenic Trail Advisory Council to the secretary of the interior.