Appalachian Trail Boundary Crew to Recover Large Tract of Land in Maine

Andover, ME, July 23, 2011 --( For three weeks beginning on July 24, 2011, as part of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Land Protection Program, the ATC and volunteers from the American Hiking Society and Frostburg State University will be marking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) boundary in Andover, Maine.

Maine has more National Park Service (NPS) corridor boundary miles than any other state on the A.T.; with almost twice as many boundary miles as its approximately 280 Trail miles. This is due to the fact that a large portion of the Trail is not located within the confines of National and State Parks.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to be able to tackle this project with the help of Frostburg University and the American Hiking Society,” said Carlen Emanuel, ATC Land Protection Manager. “Our combined efforts will help us recover the boundary near Andover, Maine and help protect the public’s investment in the lands that surround the A.T.”

The A.T. Boundary Crew works as a subsidiary of the Land Protection Program. Their main goal is to protect the lands that surround the A.T. Often the Trail passes through private lands and boundaries that must be monitored. To monitor, volunteers walk the edge of lands acquired for the Trail and assess them to ensure their continued conservation. To maintain it, volunteers repaint and brush out this boundary line to keep it well-marked. The Boundary Crew also educates nearby communities and landowners about the ATC’s conservation mission in an effort to mitigate encroachments on the corridor.

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