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Resources for Data Collectors

Download maps, checklists, forms, and permits needed to participate in the Appalachian Trail Mega-Transect Chestnut Count.
Hikers taking data on a large American chestnut tree near Sunfish Pond in New Jersey

Hikers taking data on a large American chestnut tree near Sunfish Pond in New Jersey

Microsoft Excel, 121.0 kB

Note that historically, no chestnuts have been found along the Appalachian Trail north of the Massachusetts border.

All hikers need a permit from the National Park Service to collect data along the trail. For hikers working within the Delaware Water Gap, Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, or along the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are additional permits that may be found below.

PDF, 135.4 kB

Revised for the 2014 hiking season

PDF, 58.9 kB
PDF, 141.5 kB

Use if you find many large trees along the trail. This tabular form is easier to fill out multiple instances than the individual form.

PDF, 76.7 kB

Use this only if there is not a pre-printed chart for your section of the trail.

PDF, 129.2 kB

Use this ONLY if the form for you particular section is unavailable.