The loss of native species resulting from various causes—over-hunting, diseases, predator and “pest” control programs, and invasive species—is widespread throughout the United States. Many national parks are missing plants and animals that were historically present. At some parks, these species are being reintroduced.
The information in the map comes from the Center for Park Research’s State of America’s National Parks report. Released in summer 2011, the report is an analysis of the Center’s 80 individual national park resource assessments as well as additional information that the Center collected.
This map shows the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to its northernmost point on Mount Katahdin in Maine, as well as seven selected points in between. The place markers identify places of interest, issues, and projects that are highlighted in NPCA’s special report on the A.T.