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 July 17 Webinar on Building Urban Trails in Difficult Places 


New National Recreation Trails designated for 2014 


Trail Stewardship Act encourages Forest Service volunteers and partners 


Partners Outdoors videos feature national outdoor recreation leaders 


Smart Growth America asks US DOT to hold States accountable for transportation safety 


RTCA offers assistance on rivers and trails projects 


We're looking for great Recreational Trails Program projects 


Shop and support American Trails this summer 




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 20,000th RTP Project: the Wild Goose State Trail 


West Virginia trails now available on digital maps 


Ohio author publishes new statewide trail guide 


Looking back at 25 years of greenway expansion 


New Trestle for Virgina Creeper Trail replaces rail bridge 






AZ Trail Association celebrates 20 years of building trail and partnerships 


Atlanta BeltLine pounces on TIGER Grant 


Featured National Recreation Trail: Gary L. Haller Trail, Kansas 


American Trails Cool Trail Solutions Best Practices: stay on the trail - signs and messages for trail users 


A case study on storm water and trails 


American Trails Online Business Directory Advertiser IN THE SPOTLIGHT: das Manufacturing, Inc. 






Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities 


National and International Trails Award nomination forms available 






 Trans Canada Trail: the world's longest trail project? 


Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail 


Alberta commits $10 million to repair flood-damaged trails 






Learn more in 2014 with American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series 


Exploring new riding trails? Consider these tips. 


New Transportation Alternatives Program case studies 


"Everyone is a Pedestrian" provides safety resources 


Summer trails training and educational opportunities 






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June 2014 


Trail Tracks is our monthly e-Newsletter with links to www.AmericanTrails.org, one of the world's most comprehensive online resources for planning, designing, building, funding, managing, and enhancing trails, greenways, and blueways. We also bring you news from the halls of Congress, new studies and resources, interesting articles, events, training opportunities, and the latest in trail products and services. Check out the topics below for what's new in the trails world!

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July 17 Webinar on Building Urban Trails in Difficult Places


American Trails presents this webinar on solving problems in the most challenging urban trail situations. How do you design and build urban greenways through narrow corridors threaded with utilities, flowing streams, drainage structures, bridges. You'll learn from a variety of completed projects involving creative partnerships, as well as engineering solutions including walls, cantilevers, floodways, and other structures. Three greenway experts will guide you through examples and technologies: Bob Searns with The Greenway Team, Chuck Flink with Greenways Incorporated, and Bill Neumann with DHM Design. Read more about the webinar and the presenters and how to register...


Thank you to the sponsors of this webinar:




Sponsor this webinar for only $250!


For only $250*, become a sponsor of this webinar (and any of our webinars in the Advancing Trails Webinar Series) and receive the following benefits: 

  • Logo recognition at the beginning and end of the webinar on our "thanks to our sponsors" slide
  • Verbal recognition of our sponsors during the webinar
  • Logo link recognition on webinar webpage 
  • The webinar will be recorded and all the attendees will receive a link to the recording which will include a pdf showcasing the sponsors' logos with clickable links to their websites
  • In the promotional emails we send out for the webinar, all sponsors will be listed with a name link (pending when they come in):
    • Promotional emails sent in advance of webinar
    • Monthly e-Newsletters


*Please note that this is not an exclusive sponsorship.


If you are interested in sponsoring any of our webinars or have any questions, contact Candace Mitchell, Communications Specialist, at candace@americantrails.org.


New National Recreation Trails designated for 2014


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis designated 19 hiking and biking trails and two water trails as National Recreation Trails, adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National Trails System. The new trails were announced in celebration of National Trails Day on June 7. Read more...


Trail Stewardship Act encourages Forest Service volunteers and partners

On June 19, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2014 (H.R. 4886). The bill would direct the U.S. Forest Service to develop strategies "to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance." The purpose of the legislation is to address the endless lack of maintenance on federal public lands. The bill states that the 158,000-mile National Forest trail system has a maintenance backlog of $314,000,000. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), "the Forest Service is only able to maintain about one-quarter of National Forest System trails to the agency standard." Learn more and track the bill...



Partners Outdoors videos feature national outdoor recreation leaders


The 2014 Partners Outdoors conference, sponsored by the American Recreation Coalition, held at the U.S. Department of the Interior featured outdoor recreation leaders like National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner, Virginia State Parks Director Joe Elton, author Audrey Peterman, and Vail Resorts Inc. Vice President Rick Cables. Videos of their presentations and lively discussion are available from the American Recreation Coalition. Read more and see videos...



Smart Growth America asks US DOT to hold States accountable for transportation safety


The US DOT is currently accepting public comments on proposed changes to its transportation safety rules. It's an opportunity to start holding states more accountable for traffic deaths, and to enforce the safety laws as they're written. Congress has charged states with reducing injuries and fatalities, and the request is for US DOT to hold states accountable for doing so. Provide input...


RTCA offers assistance on rivers and trails projects

The National Park Service helps partners plan successful locally-led outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. The Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program is accepting applications for assistance from local organizations, agencies, and communities. Applications for 2015 projects are due by August 1, 2014. Read more...



We're looking for great Recreational Trails Program projects


Help us share great examples of the many benefits of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) across the country! American Trails is currently gathering photos, success stories, and quotes for consideration to run in the Federal Highway Administration's 2014 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report. Please send your information to support@recreationaltrailsinfo.org. See examples in the 2013 Report and check the database to see if your trail received RTP funding...



Shop and support American Trails this summer

Support American Trails! For June and July, purchase from www.CampGear.com, www.InlineSkates.com, or www.WaterOutfitters.com and a portion of the proceeds will get donated to one of 3 outdoor charities. Please pick American Trails and Help Ensure Trails For Our Future.

If American Trails gets the most donations, we will also win a $1,000 bonus! Thank you in advance for your support!



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20,000th RTP Project: the Wild Goose State Trail

We are excited to share that Wisconsin's Wild Goose State Trail was the 20,000th project to be entered into the
Recreational Trails Program Database! Since the inception of the Recreational Trails Program in 1993, this project has been awarded five RTP grants totaling $114,000 with 100 percent matching funds for a total of $228,000. Read more and see photos...



West Virginia trails now available on digital maps


The West Virginia Trail Inventory is a digital map of hiking, biking, horseback, water, and all-terrain vehicle trails throughout the state that is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the nation. Outdoor enthusiasts now have the ability to plan trips on about 4,000 miles of recreational trail entirely online, whether from a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Read more and access maps... 



Ohio author publishes new statewide trail guide


Dover native Gary Williams hopes his new book, "Hiking Ohio," will help Ohioans as well as visitors become more familiar with all the natural diversity that can be found in the Buckeye State. The guide features 83 different hikes in all parts of Ohio. Read more...



Looking Back at 25 Years of Greenway Expansion


The Raleigh Public Record reports on the city's efforts to develop its trail system, one mile at a time: "When Vic Lebsock began working for the city, there were only 22 miles of paths for walkers and bicyclists to enjoy. Now, 25 years later, the city boasts more than 100 miles of greenway trail, one of reasons cited when Raleigh is named to 'best of' lists." Read more and see photos... 



New Trestle for Virginia Creeper Trail replaces rail bridge


The Washington County News reported on a totally new major trestle built for the Virginia trail. "The $2 million project opened on the three-year anniversary of the original trestle's destruction -- after a tornado cut a swath across Washington County." Read more and see photos... 



AZ Trail Association celebrates 20 years of building trail and partnerships


Over the past 30 years, outdoor enthusiasts have worked with land managers throughout the state to connect existing trails and build fresh tread to create one of the premier long-distance trails in America. What started as the dream of one man -- an elementary school teacher from Flagstaff named Dale Shewalter -- has evolved into the Arizona Trail Association, a successful nonprofit organization that engages volunteers, families, schools, businesses, and clubs to take responsibility for the entire 800-mile trail. Read more and see photos...



Atlanta BeltLine pounces on TIGER Grant


The Atlanta BeltLine trail will receive a grant of $18 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER program. The BeltLine is a project to reclaim a 22-mile loop of unused freight-rail corridor that circles Atlanta. The project includes the construction of shared-use trails, trailheads, and access points, and the preservation of a future streetcar transit corridor. Read more and see photos... 




Featured National Recreation Trail: Gary L. Haller Trail, Kansas


Johnson County, Kansas, manages the 17.5-mile Gary L. Haller Trail which begins in Olathe and continues north through Lenexa and Shawnee. The scenic, multi-use route was one of the first major trail facilities completed in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The trail includes eight public access locations with a variety of facilities. Read more and see photos...



American Trails Cool Trail Solutions Best Practices: stay on the trail - signs and messages for trail users


One of the most important message for visitors in sensitive areas is "stay on the trail." A wide variety of signs are used by trail managers to remind hikers and riders not to stray off the trail. Some messages are just the facts, others make clear the reasons -- harm to vegetation, erosion, or sensitive habitat. Interpretive information on wildlife and the environment will reinforce the importance of staying on the trail. See commentary and gallery of photos... 



A case study on storm water and trails 


Storm water can not only be dangerous for trail users but also to nearby streams and causing damage or death to any plants or animals that live there. StormSlide overside drains were used as an alternative to the usual bulky, metal drains for a trail in Pleasanton, CA. Read the case study...



American Trails Business Directory IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

das Manufacturing, Inc. 


das Manufacturing, Inc. has been providing permanent markers for a wide variety of applications since 1983. das Trail Markers are used for permanent applications (7+ years) requiring maximum durability. das Trail Decals are used for temporary marking (one year or less) on asphalt or concrete. Perfect for event marking, temporary locating needs, or marking on large areas with uneven surfaces. Learn more about das Manufacturing...


May 17-20, 2015 ~ Portland, Oregon

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities


The Exhibitor Contract is now available! Exhibitors get to choose their booth location in the order they send in their contract and payment (some exceptions apply). The Sponsor Packet will be finalized shortly if you are interested in receiving more recognition and benefits at our Symposium. You can still pay for an exhibit booth now (to take advantage of the discount), and we can apply those funds to a larger sponsorship when those opportunities become available.  


Thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors:

Learn more about the upcoming and past Symposiums...


Contact Candace Mitchell, Exhibitor Coordinator, if you have any questions at candace@americantrails.org. 



National and International Trails Award nomination forms available


American Trails presents the National and International Trails Awards Program to recognize organizations, agencies, businesses, and individual leaders who are working to create trails around the world. Nominations for the various categories of awards are now available, with the winners to be announced at the 22nd American Trails International Trails Symposium in Portland, Oregon in 2015. Three new awards for international trails will be featured. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 15, 2014. Read more and download the 2015 award nomination forms...  



Trans Canada Trail: the world's longest trail project?


Since the Trans Canada Trail was founded in 1992, its vision has been one of a trail stretching from coast to coast to coast. A trail for the enjoyment of hikers, walkers, cyclists, horseback riders, and -- more recently -- canoeists and kayakers in summer, and cross country skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers in winter. Now 72% connected, the Trail is nearly 17,000 kilometers long. Read more...



Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail


The Great Himalaya Trail visits some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus, and incredible landscapes. The trail covers the full distance of the Himalayan Range in Nepal and continues through Tibet, India, and Myanmar, and Pakistan in the West. Nepal's GHT is divided into ten connecting treks with a duration of 2-3 weeks each on average. Read more and access trekking resources...



Alberta commits $10 million to repair flood-damaged trails


The backcountry trail flood rehabilitation program, expected to be complete by March 2017, will restore both hiking and off-road vehicle trails bridges in recreation areas and other public lands outside of the provincial parks. Up to 1,000 bridges were damaged in the floods of June, 2013. Read more and see photos...



Learn more in 2014 with American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series


American Trails continues the dynamic online Advancing Trails Webinar Series to help trail planners, supporters, and managers learn about focused topics of special interest. Our webinars are now eligible for CEUs through the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), an authorized independent CEU provider through IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training). Our 75 minute webinars are worth 0.10 CEUs and are available for an additional $20 fee. 


Check out upcoming American Trails webinars for 2014 (details and how to register for August and September webinars coming soon): 

  • JULY 17, 2014: Urban Trails in Difficult Places (presented by Bob Searns, The Greenway Team; Chuck Flink, FASLA, Greenways, Inc.; and Bill Nuemann, DHM DesignREGISTER TODAY! 
  • AUGUST 28, 2014: Fundamentals of Mountain Trail Sustainability ~ Part 2 of 3 (presented by Hugh Duffy, National Park Service) 
  • SEPTEMBER 11, 2014: How to Build Top Notch Equestrian Facilities (presented by Jan Hancock, Hancock Resources, LLC)

Read more and see current Advancing Trails Webinar Series schedule...  



Exploring New Riding Trails? Consider These Tips.


Before you saddle up and head off to the new trail you've learned about, there are certain preparations you need to make for a safe and pleasurable ride. Both you and your horse must be prepared for the new trail-riding experience to avoid mistakes and mishaps that can lead to danger. What you do before you hit the trail and while you're on it will make or break your experience. Read more...



New Transportation Alternatives Program Case Studies


The Federal Highway Administration commissioned five case studies on early implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). These case studies provide a variety of examples of how States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations have set up their TAP competitive processes. The case studies have overall program descriptions, TAP Implementation, Challenges and Lessons Learned, Critical Factors for Success, and contact information. The States are DE, FL, ID, MI, and TX. Read more and download studies...



"Everyone is a Pedestrian" provides safety resources


Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2012, totaling 4,743 deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with the Federal Highway Administration provides a new website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents, and others involved in improving pedestrian safety. Access Everyone is a Pedestrian...



Summer trails training and educational opportunities 


Here are some of the trail-related training opportunities coming up this summer. See the Online Trails Training Calendar for details... 


June 27-28 - Greenfield, NH

* Trail Construction for Universal Access Workshop


July 9-13 - Merrill, WI

* Ice Age Trail University


July 10 - Chattanooga, TN

* Navigating MAP-21 Workshop


July 10-13 - Winona, MN

* Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School


July 17 - Online Webinar hosted by American Trails

* Webinar: Building Urban Trails in Difficult Places


July 17-20 - Brookings, SD

* Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School


July 19-20 - Aspen, CO

* Crew Leader Training hosted by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers


July 31 - August 3 - Winter Park, CO

* Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School


August 28 - Online Webinar hosted by American Trails

* Webinar: Fundamentals of Mountain Trail Sustainability ~ Part 2 of 3 presented by Hugh Duffy with the National Park Service

(Each webinar in this series is independent of each other and can be attended individually)


Contact us with your scheduled training opportunities at nttp@americantrails.org.



Join American Trails and receive a gift of an 18-ounce Klean Kanteen water bottle!


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American Trails is excited to announce a new co-brand partnership with Klean Kanteen! Members who join at the Trail Professional level or higher will receive a gift of an 18-ounce stainless steel Klean Kanteen commemorative water bottle celebrating American Trails 25 year anniversary!


Water bottles are also available for purchase in our Online Store.  


Klean Kanteen introduced the first hydration bottle made from stainless steel to give people a safe and healthy alternative to plastic. Their mission, like American Trails, promotes sustainability and healthy lifestyles for everyone. You can learn more about them at www.kleankanteen.org.


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American Trails will continue to keep you informed on both trail know-how and issues critical to the future of trails. With your help, we can increase funding for trails, keep more trails open, and improve the health and well-being of Americans of all ages and abilities, including our children.


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