On October 23rd and 24th, Kirk Norton, Land Surveyor for the National Trails Land Resources Program Center in Martinsburg, WV, along with staff from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and a volunteer from the Mountain Club of Maryland, assisted the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) in marking a part of its boundary. ATC Land Protection Associate Alison Scheiderer, ATC Seasonal Boundary Technicians Nicole Wooten and Joel Baker, and MCM Volunteer Mike Jenkins served as Kirk's field crew. Over the two days, they set 8 ANST corner monuments and marked 1,300 feet of boundary line with yellow paint.
At 1,217 miles (independent of the various national, state, and local, parks and forests that the Trail passes through) the boundary of the ANST is second only to Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska in terms of length. The vast majority of the maintenance and monitoring of that boundary is performed by volunteers from the various outdoor clubs along the Trail under the supervision of the ATC according to a Memorandum of Understanding with the NPS.
This effort continues a long tradition of partnership and cooperation between APPA, ATC, and the NTLRPC in protecting the Appalachian National Scenic Trail corridor.