A.T. MEGA- Transect Laura Belleville – Appalachian Trail Conservancy Elizabeth Crisfield– Penn State University Fred Dieffenbach – National Park Service Matt Stevens – Appalachian Trail Conservancy A.T. MEGA- Transect: An Introduction
Laura Belleville – Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Elizabeth Crisfield– Penn State University
Fred Dieffenbach – National Park Service
Matt Stevens – Appalachian Trail Conservancy
From the days of Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the thousands of trail builders, to the current network of trail clubs, volunteers have played a key role in creating the Appalachian Trail and collectively contribute nearly 200,000 hours of labor annually.
75 years later, the A.T. MEGA-Transect initiative invites “citizen scientists” to explore the environmental health of the Appalachian Trail.
Flowering tree data assists in increasing the genetic diversity of a backcross breeding program, which aims to produce an American chestnut with the blight-resistant characteristics of an Asian chestnut.
Density and location data will be used to determine the environmental variables that affect the growth and survival of chestnut trees, which will help inform future reintroduction of blight-resistant American Chestnut trees in the Appalachian region.
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Migration in response to climate change is northward and upslope
Some topographies along the trail facilitate migration, others inhibit it.
Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national program designed to determine the status, changes, and trends in indicators of forest condition on an annual basis.
Collect, analyze, and report information on the status and trends of America’s forests:
- Forest Service, 2005
G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
96 recommendations (7 categories)
ATPO / NETN debated and prioritized recommendations
The ATC volunteer clearinghouse database is an online searchable database of all volunteer opportunities related to the Appalachian Trail.
The database has two primary purposes: Recruitment & volunteer program management.