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Trail with a tale to tell.

The Appalachian Trail, which spans 2,200 miles through 14 states from Maine to Georgia, could provide clues to our changing environment, according to the New York Times. The trail is a living laboratory of protected slices of land that could reflect environmental changes such as higher ozone levels, acid rain, smog, and other air quality indicators.

Now an effort is underway to better understand changes along the trail and use that information to help people understand environmental changes. The monitoring effort is being undertaken by a diversity of citizen groups, among them the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the American Hiking Society, and supported by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Cornell University, the National Geographic Society, and Aveda Corporation.

Trail hikers should be able to volunteer to help with this monitoring program within the next year.
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Title Annotation:News from the world of Trees
Publication:American Forests
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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