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ERIC Number: ED139592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 229
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Appalachian Trail: Guidelines for Preservation, Revised May 1977.
Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Landscape Architecture.
With increasing developmental pressure being asserted on land resources, there is a need for identifying unique areas that, once destroyed, may never be recouped. Many of the areas suffering from developmental encroachment are located on or along the Appalachian Trail, which is a continuous footpath about 2,000 miles long that follows the Appalachian mountain chain from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail Study Group has studied four areas of the Trail (Michaux State Forest, Cumberland Valley, Saint Anthony's Wilderness, and Kittatinny Mountain) and has attempted to provide a workable trail protection strategy for use by local planners and others concerned with protecting the Trail. In studying the four areas, the Study Group examined the site, alternative routes, soils, geology, vegetation, wildlife, and the amenities of the area. The strategy devised consists of five steps from the pre-development planning of land use to better design solutions for those segments passing through various land developments. Emphasizing physical design solutions, this guide recommends corridor widths for various landform vegetation and land use situations; suggests possible design solutions to specific problems that may arise; describes various legal and planning devices that may be used as part of a future overall trail protection strategy; and discusses the role of the Federal, state, and local governments. A map showing the land ownership and areas with a high potential for access is included. (NQ)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Community Affairs, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Landscape Architecture.