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Two Thousand Miles of Volunteering: The Appalachian Trail

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A “linear community” stretching over two thousand miles up and down the eastern United States, the Appalachian Trail was first conceived in the 1920s and completed in 1951.  From first to last, it was a project of volunteer initiative and ingenuity – and continues today to be a unique participatory wilderness experience, maintained by volunteers and engaging its almost 3 million hikers per year in communal sharing through written registers and chance encounters.