The Appalachian Trail: Conserving and Connecting Habitats

Appalachian Trail Conservancy regional staff will present a program on Tuesday, March 24th at 7 pm at the Howe Library in Hanover about the opportunities to conserve wildlife habitat along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in New England.

More than just a hiking trail, the A.T. runs across the ridgelines, summits, forests, and fields of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine.  The Trail connects 8 National Forests, 6 National Parks, 24 federally designated Wilderness Areas, and dozens of state parks and forests with a protected land base of over 250,000 acres, which continues to expand.  These lands provide important habitat connectivity, regional flow and potential climate resiliency for a rich variety of plants and animals.

This program is sponsored by the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group as part of its effort to explore and address the effects of climate change on wildlife and wildlife habitat. Program co-sponsors include the Appalachian Mountain Club, Dartmouth Outing Club, Green Mountain Club, Howe Library, Hanover Conservancy, the Hanover/Norwich Friends of the AT, Upper Valley Land Trust, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Free and open to the public, this program will be held in the Mayer Room of the Howe Library at 13 South Street, Hanover. Appalachian Trail Conservancy presenters include:

Hawk Metheny, New England Regional Director

Matt Stevens, Conservation Resources Manager for Vermont and New Hampshire
Claire Polfus,  Conservation Resources Manager for Maine