Appalachian Trail Corridor, Stamford

Appalachian Trail near Stamford, Vermont
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Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. More than 2 million visitors walk a portion of the trail each year and thousands of volunteers help to maintain it. Development within and near the narrow trailcorridor threatens natural resources and the hiking experience. A mile-long segment running through Stamford, Vermont, is among the most poorly protected: the current easement covers just 100 feet on either side of the trail and allows for commercial logging.

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect more than 350 acres surrounding this section of trail for the Green Mountain National Forest. The property includes the Seth Warner shelter, used by thousands of hikers every year, and Broad Brook, a critical water source.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.