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Tell your governor: I support Recreational Trails Program funding!
It is important to note that the widespread, visible and continuous support that the RTP received prior to enactment of the legislation that reauthorized RTP last month was almost exclusively focused on the U.S. Congress. Now we must do all that we can before September 1 to ensure that these State Governors understand the importance of this program, and how many of their constituents care passionately about trails and the RTP. Read more and take action...
Sept. 12 Webinar: Connecting Greenways, Trails and Active Mobility
September 12 is the date for the next webinar in the American Trails "Advancing Trails" Webinar Series. We will look at planning and designing urban mobility networks and how to integrate transportation with greenway and trail networks. This webinar will also be the national launch for th book, "The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society," by Jeff Olson, a partner with Alta Planning + Design. Jeff will be joined by Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, and Moderator Bob Searns, Chairman of the Board of American Trails. Join us September 12 at 12:00 p.m. noon Pacific / 3:00 p.m. Eastern...
Trails on "fire roads" and the mysterious gates
In the mountains above Los Angeles, you'll find many miles of under-rated hiking trails. You'll often find yourself entirely alone, even on weekend afternoons, above the shimmering city and shining ocean. Many of the trails are actually roads -- specifically "fire roads," closed to general traffic, but opened for firefighters who (too often) need to reach the region's notoriously tinder-boxy slopes. Access to these is frequently regulated by so-called "fire gates." Across the lower bar of the gate are four white tubes. What are they? Read more and see photos...
Submit your presentation proposal for the Symposium by September 1
Are you interested in being a presenter at the Symposium? Do you know someone with a great program or project to showcase? To help us develop an exciting and motivating agenda, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium's theme, "Trails Lead Everywhere," as well as embodying at least one of the topic areas of interest as explained in the Call for Presentations. Please help spread the word through your networks. The deadline for proposals is September 1, 2012. Learn more and read the Call for Presentations...
Announcing the host hotels for the Symposium ~ reserve your room now!
See all the details on the hotels that will welcome you to Arizona and the American Trails International Trails Symposium. Be sure and mention you are with the American Trails International Trails Symposium to get the group rate. Learn more about the hotels, plan for travel from the airport, and more. Our three host hotels are the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, the Holiday Inn - Fountain Hills, N. Scottsdale, and the Comfort Inn Fountain Hills. Learn more and see photos...
Exhibitors: sign up with support by October 31 and save 10%
Exhibitors can save 10% off exhibitor fees until October 31. Additional early exhibitor discounts include the choice of 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...
Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors!
Exhibitors: sign up with your support by October 31 and save 10%!
We want to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors to date for the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium! Learn more and link to these exhibitor's websites...
- American Trails
- Arizona State Parks
- Radisson Fort McDowell Resort Destination
- Central Arizona Project
- Fountain Hills CVB
- Mesa CVB
- Scottsdale CVB
- US DOT Federal Highway Administration
- National Park Service
- USDA Forest Service
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- USDA Forest Service - Trails Unlimited
- The Acorn Group / Acorn Naturalists
- Advanced Resource Solutions, Inc.
- American Conservation Experience
- American Quarter Horse Association - STEP Program
- Asphalt Systems / USA Soy Solutions
- Aztec Engineering
- Backcountry Horsemen of America
- Bellfree Contractors, Inc.
- Beneficial Designs
- Black Canyon Trail Coalition
- City of Phoenix
- Contech Engineered Solutions
- Creative Pultrusions, Inc.
- E.T. Techtonics, Inc.
- Envirosigns, Ltd.
- Erica Fielder Studio
- Gail Materials
- Interpretive Graphics, Signs, & Systems
- Irvine Ranch Conservancy
- K Design
- Kay-Linn Enterprises
- National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
- Northwest Woodland Services, Inc.
- Okanogan Trail Construction, Inc.
- Pennsylvania Equine Council
- Pima Trails Association
- Pioneer Bridges
- Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls
- Professional Trailbuilders Association
- Quad Cities CVB
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
- Redding CVB
- Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
- RideNow Powersports
- Rockart Signs & Markers
- Santa Fe Trail Association
- Southwest Conservation Corps
- Terrabilt Wayfinding Systems
- Town of Pinetop-Lakeside / TRACKS (AZ White Mountains Trail System)
- Tread Lightly!
- Voss Signs
- Yavapai Trails Association / Prescott Mile High Trail System
Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors!
See what some of our exhibitors have been up to...
- The support from volunteers helps keep this trail system on track
TRACKS is an organization of 400+ volunteers who build and maintain over 200 miles of trails, the White Mountains Trail System, for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, equestrians, and cross-country skiers in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. In this part of northeast Arizona, close to Pinetop/Lakeside and Show Low, major trails in the system are built as loops, with connector trails linking them, so that users may go on short or long excursions. Trailheads are easily accessible from Forest Service roads, which generally do not require 4-wheel drive vehicles. There are many opportunities for birdwatching, encountering wildlife, and enjoying the ponderosa pines and aspen forests. Learn more about TRACKS and the White Mountains Trail System...
- Okanogan Trail Construction tackles Arizona Trail
Completing the Arizona Trail required careful planning and technical construction of the Ajax Section through a rocky canyon. Okanogan Trail Construction was selected for design and construction through Martinez Canyon, managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The steep canyon walls and rampant vegetation made it practical to lay out only a maximum of one mile of trail at a time. Blasting as well as trail building machines were required to finish the job. Read more and see photos...
|ON THE TRAIL|
Montana group continues Continental Divide Trail work
To help complete the Continental Divide Trail, CDT-Montana is building on five decades of grassroots volunteer work and successful collaborations. After the Colorado-based Continental Divide Trail Alliance closed its doors in January 2012, the Montana Wilderness Association saw an opportunity to pick up the slack on the CDT up north. After scrambling to pursue grants and funding, a summer project schedule was in place with nearly a dozen volunteer opportunities from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. Read more and see photos...
Prescott (AZ) developer sees value of adjacent public trail
"Tom Devereaux, developer of the nearby Preserve subdivision, also foresaw the value of having a trail running adjacent to his property when he sold the city about 30 acres of open space, valued at $238,000, for $56,000 this past fall," reports The Daily Courier. "From the petroglyph-adorned rock formations on the west end to the steep climbs through chaparral on the east side, the new Centennial Trail serves up signature Prescott terrain." Read more and see photos...
Featured National Recreation Trail: Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail, WI
The Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail is one of four water trails located on the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. This trail was developed as an Eagle Scout project in the summer of 2010 and has provided paddlers with incredible fishing, breathtaking views, and bird watching opportunities. Boaters can pull up to the docks in front of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN to view eagles up close and personal. Paddlers can also continue down-river to the Finger Lakes Canoe Trail to the town of Alma, WI. Read more and see photos...
"Cool Trail Solutions" photo gallery: trails crossing active railroad lines
One of the most difficult trail facilities to accomplish is a crossing of an active rail line. There are, however, many examples of trails crossing railroads at grade in both urban and rural situations. The physical ingredients are signs warning trail users, safety messages, and a surface to allow bike and pedestrian movement while accommodating the rails and flange ways. Warning signals and even crossing gates to stop trail users when trains are approaching are also in use. See photos in the American Trails "Cool Trail Solutions" gallery...
Best Practices: Water Trail Planning - Raquette River Corridor
A new report lays out a prioritized list of steps necessary to implement and promote a "Blueway Trail." It includes an analysis of existing conditions as well as a range of projects such as signs, enhancements of existing local parks, boat launches, scenic overlooks, Visitor Centers and kiosks, gateway features, trails, and river access points. The plan also provides a program of initiatives necessary to create and promote the Blueway including a river stewardship program, website promotions, a traveling exhibit, birding promotions, trip packages, and maps. An inter-municipal cooperative implementation strategy describes relative priority, which is responsible, potential partners, and potential funding sources. Download pdf of the Raquette River Corridor Plan (3.3 mb)...
| TRAINING & EDUCATION|
American Trails website offers gateway for both trail professionals and users
One of the recent improvements we have made to our expansive website (www.AmericanTrails.org) is to create a clearer and user friendly gateway to our two main streams of visitors -- Trail Professionals and Trail Users.
- The Trail Professionals gateway page gives quick access to our web areas on skills, training, resources, and advocacy.
- The Trail Users gateway is for those looking for places to hike or ride, or to connect with trail organizations and learn about projects in their state. From this portal, you can check out the National Recreation Trails Database or our State-by-State pages and learn about trails and trail groups in your area.
As always, we're interested in your feedback! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your link to trail skills: the National Trails Training Partnership
American Trails serves as the lead nonprofit for collection and dissemination of information on trail-related training and education opportunities. The National Trails Training Partnership is an official agreement among six Federal agencies and 24 national organizations dedicated to outdoor recreation and conservation. These groups and many more supporters, including States, businesses, and local communities, work to promote training relevant to every trail activity, both motorized and nonmotorized. Read more about the National Trails Training Partnership...
Florida's Natural Areas Training Academy teaches land management
Managed by the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, NATA brings together land management experts from numerous agencies and organizations to share experiences with newer land managers. Courses lead to the Certificate in Natural Areas Management, and since June, 2000 over 125 natural areas managers have graduated from the program. Courses include Conservation Site Assessment and Planning, Managing for Diversity, Working Across Boundaries to Protect Ecosystems, and Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas. Read more...
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 training, courses, workshops, or conferences! See details on events below and many more opportunities for training on the Online Trails Training Calendar...
Fall is coming! Here are some examples of scheduled trail-related training opportunities:
September 5-7 - Golden, CO
* Multi-Agency Partnership Academy
September 6-9 - Marquette, MI and Seward, AK
* Adaptive Paddling Workshop
September 10-13 - Long Beach, CA
* ProWalk/ProBike Conference
September 11 - San Francisco, CA
* Financial Management for Nonprofits
September 12 - Online Webinar: 12:00 p.m. PDT / 3:00 p.m. EDT
* American Trails presents "The Third Mode: Connecting Greenway, Trails and Active Mobility" ~ REGISTER TODAY!
September 13 - Long Beach, CA
* National Women's Bicycling Summit
September 19 - Online Webinar: 12:00 p.m. PDT / 3:00 p.m. EDT
* Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals presents "Liability: Understanding and Managing Risk" ~ REGISTER TODAY!
September 28 - October 1 - Phoenix, AZ
* ASLA Conference
September 29 - On public lands across America
* National Public Lands Day
September 30 - October 2 - Oswego, NY
* New York State Canal Conference
September 30 - October 4 - Mexico City, Mexico
Contact us with your scheduled training opportunities at email@example.com.
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Header photo: Shannon Freix, Continental Divide Trail Program Manager, on the CDT at Triple Divide Pass in Glacier National Park, MT; photo from Montana Wilderness Association