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1 Designing and Managing A.T. Overnight Sites for a Primitive Experience True or False: In the absence of uniform guidance incremental decisions over long periods of time can result in substantial and permanent changes in facilities and the clientele who use them.

2 Stratton Pond (old) Shelters are getting larger, less rustic, and more amenity laden. Stratton Pond (new)

3 Casino inside The A.T. Hilton Hotel Shelter Creep: Defined and Illustrated Definition: An inexorable increase in the sizes of A.T. shelters and inclusion of decidedly non-primitive materials and amenities. Shower inside Pizza Delivery

4 Shelters: These changes increasingly promote a more social A.T. experience and insulate hikers from intimate contact with nature. Problems with Shelter Creep

5 Core Meanings: A.T. hikes are not an extension of our urban/suburban life. They are opportunities to:  Reconnect with the nature world  Be intimate with, rather than insulated from, nature  Experience nature’s sights, sounds, smells, and textures  Develop outdoor skills and practice self-reliance  Learn humility Why is this a Problem?

6 Large A.T. shelters built with modern materials and amenities have a powerful capacity to separate and distract hikers from meaningful contact with nature. Why is this a Problem?

7 Additional Issues: Visitor Amenities

8 Windows, deck, benches Window covering Decks

9 Additional Issues: Design & Materials Which of these are appropriate?

10 Additional Issues: Design & Materials Which of these are appropriate?

11 Additional Issues: Design & Materials Which of these are appropriate?

12 Bob Proudman & Son “The Full Goose Shelter story” Additional Issues: Facility-Intensive Management & Site Capacity < Located in the Mahoosuc Mtns, ME < Shelter Capacity: 14 < 4 tent platforms & campsites: 20 < Large composting toilet, stainless steel bins, and roofed drying racks

13 What Do Visitors Think? Results of an A.T. Visitor Survey < Survey Authors: Bob Manning (Univ. of Vermont), Alan Graefe (Penn State), Rita Hennessy (NPS) < Survey Purpose: Document visitor characteristics, motivations, and attitudes. < Survey Methods: Representative sample of 1,879 visitors stratified by 22 trail segments (summer, 1999). Names and addresses collected on the trail with a mailed questionnaire, 66% response rate.

14 Motive Importance Mean To be close to nature To experience solitude To meet new people Not at all Important Extremely Important 1 - Non-thru hikers Visitor Survey Results

15 # of other groups camped w/in sight and sound 1 Percent > – Non-thru hikers Visitor Survey Results 18% of non-thru hikers and 12% of thru-hikers considered the number of other groups camped near them to be unacceptable.

16 Should we comply with what current visitors want? What if they want a cabin (4 sides) with solar lights? Do we serve the popular tastes of current visitors or do we make decisions based on a uniform definition of the types of visitor experiences that we seek to provide? Visitor Survey Results

17 Management Direction The ATC Board of Managers defined the A.T. Trail Experience as: “The sum of opportunities that are available for those walking the Appalachian Trail to interact with the wild, scenic, pastoral, cultural, and natural elements of the environment of the Appalachian Trail, unfettered and unimpeded by competing sights or sounds and in as direct and intimate a manner as possible.“

18 Management Direction Main ideals that the Board considered integral to the A.T. experience: ÍOpportunities for observation, contemplation, enjoyment, and exploration of the natural world. ÍA sense of remoteness and detachment from civilization. ÍOpportunities to experience solitude, freedom, personal accomplishment, self-reliance, and self-discovery. ÍA feeling of being part of the natural environment.

19 Management Direction Appalachian Trail Comprehensive Plan (1981) states: “Shelters are a tradition on the A.T., but use of the Trail should not depend upon them. No attempt is made to provide such amenities for every potential user, so each person must be prepared to do without them. Shelter density and design should be consistent with the sense of the natural.”

20 Management Direction In November 1984, the following policy was adopted by ATC’s Board of Managers regarding overnight use (and particularly shelters): Shelter Review Procedure - ATC’s regional vice chair will consult with the club proposing the shelter...to assess the basic soundness based on ATC’s “Shelter Approval Checklist.” (Appendix J. of the Local Management Planning Guide). The vice chair approves proposals contingent on approvals by the landowning agency and state/local permits.

21 Management Direction Other guidance: ATC’s Overnight Use Principles (1977) Checklist for the Location, Design, and Maintenance of Campsites and Shelters on the A.T. (1981, updated 1989) Local Management Planning Guide: Chapters 2(F) Overnight-Use Areas, 2(G) Drinking Water Supplies and Water Quality, 2(H) Sanitation, 2(I) Managing the Trail for a Primitive Experience, and Appendix J, the Shelter Approval Checklist

22 Management Direction The current guidance is dated and contained in many documents. It does not address the issues of shelter creep, visitor amenities, or increasing shelter capacity. The Stewardship Council believes that a revision is needed. Do you agree? Question: Should the guidance be uniform or vary by management area (i.e., larger shelters are OK for high use areas, smaller shelters for remote backcountry or wilderness)?

23 What Do You Think? < Do you think that the construction of larger shelters could or already has led to the development of a more social and facility- dependent form of A.T. hiking? < If yes, should we be concerned about this or act to address this issue? < Do you think that more specific prescriptive management objectives should be developed to guide shelter design decisions? < To what extent should the views of A.T. hikers guide decision making? < Who should make these decisions?


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