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American Trails Business Directory has new look and limited time deal for advertisers
We have been hard at work redesigning the American Trails Online Business Directory and we are excited to reveal its new look and functions! We studied other online Business Directories and our new look is more user friendly, includes a search function, is more interactive, and updates can be made quickly and easily. Be sure and check out the various testimonials sprinkled throughout our Business Directory and see what our current advertisers say about advertising with us! So whether you're in the business for needing the cutting-edge when it comes to trail products or services, or if you are a trail organization that provides these products or services, the American Trails Online Business Directory is your one-stop shop for all things trails!
May 15 is the deadline for advertisers to save almost 60% before we raise the rates (for the first time). Email Candace Mitchell today for more information. Check out the Business Directory now...
p.s. American Trails business members can save 10-15% when advertising in the Business Directory!
Take action for trails: get the facts and contacts in one place
American Trails "SUPPORTING TRAILS" pages provide the facts on current issues and debates and the ongoing efforts of American Trails to continue its years of support for positive policies and funding for trails and greenways. Please join our efforts to document the value of trails and bicycle/pedestrian facilities as transportation infrastructure, and be an active and positive voice in the reauthorization process, economic stimulus proposals, and Federal land management agency budgets. We continuously add news and action items to these pages. Check back often and forward this link on through your networks...
Exhibitors: sign up with your support by July 31 and save 15%
Exhibitors can save 15% off exhibitor fees until July 31. But only through May can exhibitors receive additional early exhibitor discounts that include a logo link on our homepage and Symposium webpages and an article in one issue of our Trail Tracks e-Newsletter. Exhibitors get to choose their booth location in the order we receive their contract (some exceptions apply). Exhibitors also get to help us design the "indoor trails and greenways system." Learn more about the benefits of coming in early and download the exhibitor contract...
International Trails Award to make its debut at the 2013 Symposium
The new International Trails Award will recognize an outstanding project or partnership -- that occurred outside the United States -- that demonstrates outstanding planning, design, or implementation and enhances the overall trails movement worldwide. Submissions describing the trail or greenway (or trail or greenway system) including successful aspects such as planning, design, challenges solved, public participation, sustainability, economic benefits, promotion, eco-tourism, and benefits to the local and global community are encouraged. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012. Read more and download the nomination packet...
National Trails Awards nomination form is now available!
Don't miss this opportunity to nominate an outstanding person, project, or organization that has impacted the world of trails over the last two years. The National Trails Awards are one way American Trails recognizes the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create a national system of trails for all Americans. Winners will be announced at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium (ITS) Awards Banquet in Arizona, April 16, 2013. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 31, 2012. See previous award winners and learn more about the National Trails Awards...
A new multi-use trail system is in the works for Duluth area
Duluth trail advocates have a vision to combine new and existing trails into a 100-mile multi-use system called the Duluth Traverse. "What we're trying to do is connect Jay Cooke State Park to Lester Park with a multi-use singletrack trail," says Adam Sundberg, chair of Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores. The trail would be laid out and constructed to withstand biking, but also to work safely and well for hiking, birding, snowshoeing, and skiing. It also fits with the City of Duluth's Trail and Bikeway Master Plan goal of establishing a comprehensive system of easily accessed trails and bikeways. Read more and see current news...
Florida provides database of accessible trails and outdoor recreation
Florida Disabled Outdoors Association has a Resource Referral Network of accessible inclusive programs and services, products, destinations, and events. Searching for "Hiking" or "Horseback Riding" by county brings up links to trails and greenways. The goal is to connect people with a wide range of disabilities to find health and wellness opportunities and discover new places in Florida's great outdoors. Check out the database of accessible recreation facilities...
Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail Corridor Study
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad runs for 33 miles diagonally across Clark County in southwestern Washington. Clark County acquired the corridor to maintain commercial freight and passenger rail service and to establish a nonmotorized trail across the county. The Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail (RWT) is envisioned as a 33-mile multi-use trail within the railroad right-of-way where possible. Read more and download the study...
Featured National Recreation Trail: Red Canyon Trail, Utah
The Red Canyon Bicycle Trail is an 8.6 mile nonmotorized trail that parallels the route of Utah Scenic Byway 12 through Red Canyon on the Dixie National Forest. The area is often referred to as "Little Bryce," with brilliantly colored red rocks and large ponderosa and other pines. The trail links to 60 more miles of trails in Red Canyon, offering numerous loop opportunities including the Thunder Mountain Trail, known for outstanding mountain biking. Read more and see photos...
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NOHVCC Workshops: Pennsylvania and Colorado
- Pennsylvania: June 7-9, 2012
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Pennsylvania OHV Association will be holding an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop. Topics included in this two-day workshop are: principles of successful OHV recreation management, planning and maintaining sustainable OHV trails, economic benefits of OHV recreation, and partnership development to achieve desired results. Online registration is available. Click here for more details...
- Colorado: June 21-23, 2012
The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), in conjunction with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), Colorado State Parks and Wildlife, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be holding an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop. Topics included for this two-day workshop are: updates of recent national and state land management rules and regulations, implementation of the merger of CO Parks and Wildlife, grant writing and administration, and partnership development. Online registration is available. Click here for more details...
Attend the Pathways for Play FREE educational seminar
Two locations to choose from: April 24 Lakewood, CA or April 25 Irvine, CA. Session 1: Pathways for Play - Infusing Play into Pathway Networks. Session 2: Building Inclusive Community Through Play: Promoting Meaningful Play Experiences for People of All Ages and Abilities. Hosted by CPRS District 10, the City of Irvine, the City of Lakewood, GameTime, and Great Western, the seminar includes two sessions, a hosted lunch, snacks, and coffee for attendees. Download the invitation and registration information for the April 24 event in Lakewood or the April 25 event in Irvine.
Water Trail Accessibility and Assessment Workshop offered
American Trails is proud to offer the Water Trail Accessibility and Assessment Workshop. This new course is designed to help water trail managers and outfitters improve opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy water trails. The workshop includes a half day indoor instruction, followed by a full day of on-the-water training in adaptations and programmatic access. Contact America Trails to learn more and to schedule a training in your area:
email@example.com or (530) 547-2060. Read more about the program by instructor Mike Passo...
Training opportunities for 2012: see our online calendar
Check the Online Trails Training Calendar for a wide variety of learning opportunities for volunteers and professionals engaged with trails of all kinds. American Trails, through the National Trails Training Partnership, works with agencies and organizations across America to promote trail-related training. Let us know if we can publicize your trainings, courses, workshops, or conferences! See details on events below and many more opportunities for training on the Online Trails Training Calendar...
Upcoming trail-related training opportunities in 2012:
April 26 - Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Pacific
* Telling a Better Story: Best Practices for Developing Interpretive Panels for Trails ~ PURCHASE NOW!
May 2-4 - Chattanooga, TN
* Tennessee Bike Summit
May 3-4 - Morrison, TN
* Connecting to Nature Summit
May 8 - Anchorage, AK
* Alaska Bike-Ped Funding Workshop
May 10 - Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Eastern
* Growing the Florida East Coast Greenway
May 14-18 - Socorro, NM
* National Historic Trails Workshop
May 18-20 - Washoe County, NV
* Trail Construction and Crew Leader Workshop
May 23 - Normal, IL
* Central Illinois Bike Summit
May 30 - June 1 - Indianapolis, IN
* National ADA Symposium
June 2 - On trails across America!
* National Trails DayŽ
June 2-3 - USFS Columbine Trail in Salida, CO
* Salida Crew Leadership for Trails Training
June 6-9 - Delafield, WI
* Wisconsin Trail Design and Construction School
June 6-9 - Sturbridge, MA
* International Snowmobile Congress
June 18-21 - Ingersoll/Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
* Trailhead Ontario
June 19-20 - Greenfield, NH
* Sustainable Trails for All and Trail Accessibility Guidelines
Contact us with your scheduled training opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Header photo: San Diego's Bay Shore Trail is a popular walk for families; photo by Stuart Macdonald