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Appalachian National Scenic Trail: A Time to Be Boldby Charles H. W. Foster
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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.
In 1968, the Appalachian Trail project shifted from an informal alliance of private volunteers and federal and state agency leaders — managing a 2,000-mile backcountry recreational resource over mostly private lands — to a formal "cooperative management system" of scores of public and private organizations and institutions dedicated to protecting and enhancing a resource brought under federal administration, with a mandate to acquire those lands for posterity. This is the inside story of how the pieces of those still-evolving relationships were put together. By a Yale professor emeritus who served as chairman of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Advisory Council to the secretary of the interior.
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