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WHAT'S HOT

 

National and International Trails Awards deadline ~ September 30!

 

FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards include trails ~ deadline September 30

 

Recorded Webinar: Horses and Trails - How to Be Successful with Both! 

 

National Recreation Trail applications due November 1

 

USDOT plans pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative

    

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Trails and bridges seen as transportation investment

 

Dispelling trail safety myths

 

NY trail bridge will have a 21-story elevator

 

Why the FAA is paying for new hiking trails in Juneau

 

Lighting and patrols reduce trail trouble in Minneapolis

 

Jeff Olson honored with APBP Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

FEATURES 

 

Featured RTP-funded trail: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area: the birth of a trail project 

 

Study cites health benefits of Urban River Parkways

 

Featured National Recreation Trail: Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Trail

 

Featured RTP-funded trail: Living Wetlands Trail, Montana

 

Best Practices: trail safety and crime prevention features

 

 

INTERNATIONAL TRAILS SYMPOSIUM

 

National and International Trails Awards deadline ~ September 30! 

 

FEATURING the Professional TrailBuilders Association Sustainable Trails Workshops and Outdoor Trade Show 

 

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

 

The Intertwine Alliance - offers a comprehensive trails guide to Portland 

 

    

 INTERNATIONAL NEWS 

 

170 of the best trails to enjoy Seoul's summer

 

Swiss Hiking Federation showcases spectacular trails

 

New high level Loch Ness trail opens in Scotland

 

International Conference on Walking & Liveable Communities

 

    

TRAINING & RESOURCES 

 

Learn more in 2014 with American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series 

 

Protected bike lanes encourage active transportation

 

Recorded webinar on Mountain Trail Sustainability available

 

Fall 2014 trails training and educational opportunities

 

 

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September 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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National and International Trails Awards deadline ~ September 30!

 American Trails presents these awards to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails both nationally and internationally. The program honors outstanding efforts of agencies, trail professionals, corporations, advocates, and media who are creating healthier communities and getting kids and adults out on trails and into the outdoors. Send in your nomination today! Click here to download the nomination packet...

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FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards include trails ~ 

deadline September 30

The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize outstanding transportation projects, processes, and people who incorporate environmental stewardship into work done with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding sources. September 30 is the deadline for nominations. Any organization, agency, group, or individual in the public, private, or non-profit sectors may submit a nomination for the 2015 Awards program. Read more... 

 

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Recorded Webinar: Horses and Trails - How to Be Successful with Both!

 

American Trails presents this Webinar on top-notch trails and facilities for equestrians. This webinar is presented by Jan Hancock, Principal, Hancock Resources LLC and American Trails Board Member. Jan is the primary author of the book "Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds.She will teach you the elements to success in planning, designing, and building trails and related recreational facilities that function successfully for horseback riders and their animals.  Purchase the recorded webinar here... 

 

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National Recreation Trail applications due November 1

 

Is your trail a good candidate for National Recreation Trail designation? Applications for NRT designation are being taken this fall. For trails on local, state, and private lands, and on federal lands (except National Forests and Grasslands), the deadline is November 1. Read about the process for nominating a trail for NRT designation... 

 

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a new initiative September 10 during the Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place Conference in Pittsburgh to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. The plan is to improve safety through a comprehensive approach that addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety, and data collection.

The 18-month campaign will begin with road safety assessments conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation field offices in every state, and will produce multiple resources to help communities build streets that are safer for people walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation. Read more and download the document Safer People, Safer Streets...

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add3Trails and bridges seen as transportation investment

The Columbus Dispatch reports that investments in trails and bridges in Ohio represent a change in how society is looking at transportation. In particular "Local residents increasingly want alternatives to driving, and governments are responding." Metro Parks in Columbus has built several bridges over creeks and rivers to extend its network of multiuse paths. Read more...

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Dispelling trail safety myths

 

How safe are our urban trails? Mitch Barloga, transportation planning manager for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, discusses incidents that have called into question a long-standing safety issue for those concerned about trail development. Read more and see photos... 


 

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NY trail bridge will have a 21-story elevator

 

A former railroad bridge completed in 1889, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is visited by over 700,000 people a year. A 21-story elevator is expected to boost tourism by providing better access to the Poughkeepsie train station as well as provide easier access for persons with disabilities to the park near the center of the bridge. Read more and see photos...

 

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Why the FAA is paying for new hiking trails in Juneau

 

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust plans to donate about 128 acres of land to the City and Borough of Juneau this fall for preservation and natural recreation. The deal is technically an airport project-most of the money the land trust used to get the land in the first place traces back to the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more and see photos...

 

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Lighting and patrols reduce trail trouble in Minneapolis

 

The StarTribune reports on efforts to make an important cross-town bikeway safer after some troubling incidents of criminals preying on trail users. The Hiawatha LRT Trail is likely to have new lights by the end of the year, six years after a series of robberies on the Minneapolis bike trail and the connecting Midtown Greenway. The violence prompted the creation of a Trail Watch Patrol, which continues to monitor the trails. Read more and see photos...

 

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Jeff Olson honored with APBP Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Jeff Olson, a leader in the active transportation movement for more than 30 years, has been given the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals' top honor: the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to read more about Jeff's long term success in the transportation industry...

 

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Featured RTP-funded trail: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area: the birth of a trail project

 

The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area is a 6,500-acre abandoned mine land facility in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The goal of local governments and citizens was to create an off-highway vehicle recreation facility that would attract users from across Pennsylvania and neighboring states and that could be the economic engine to help revitalize this economically depressed area. Years of work and $5,000,000 in grants, partnerships, and donations have made the AOAA a reality. The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area won the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Award in the category of "Maintenance and Rehabilitation" this yearRead more and download AOAA Master Plan...

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Study cites health benefits of Urban River Parkways

 

Urban River Parkways: An Essential Tool for Public Health, by UCLA's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, suggests that investing in bikeways and greenways can reduce the health costs of physical inactivity in our cities. The report notes that urban river parkways can improve physical, mental, and community health, and that they are particularly important in offering opportunities for "green exercise"- physical activity in the presence of nature." Read more and see photos...

 

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Featured National Recreation Trail: Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Trail

 

The Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail includes the Lower Fox, Upper Fox, and Lower Wisconsin rivers. It slices diagonally across the state for 280 miles from Green Bay in the northeast to the Mississippi River in the southwest. Local organizations are promoting biking and walking trails adjacent to the water trail. Recent studies highlight the economic significance of tourism related to the heritage, culture, and outdoor recreation of the river trail corridor. Read more and see photos...

 

add4Featured RTP-funded trail: Living Wetlands Trail, Montana

The Living Wetlands Interpretive Nature Trail was funded through the Recreational Trails Program by Montana's State trails program. The project enabled the design and installation of a trail through wetlands protected by the Whitefish Lake Institute. The goal of the trail is to share the history, science, and beauty of the wetlands, and to provide a glimpse into the lives of the wildlife with which we share this habitat. Read more and see photos...

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Best Practices: trail safety and crime prevention features

 

Anticipating potential safety concerns for users is an important aspect of trail management. While trails have proven to be generally extremely safe recreational facilities, as with any public place they are subject to the possibilities of criminal activity. Some of the techniques used to help ensure the safety of trail users are: emergency call boxes, numbered trail markers to assist 911 responders, video cameras, trail patrols, and warning signs. See commentary and gallery of photos from American Trails "Cool Trail Solutions" webpage...

 

 ITSINTERNATIONAL TRAILS SYMPOSIUM
May 17-20, 2015 ~ Portland, Oregon

 

American Trails hosts the next International Trails Symposium in Portland May 17-20, 2015.

The Symposium addresses every aspect of trails, greenways, and blueways. Learn from dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops and network with experts and enthusiasts from across the globe. The theme for this year's Symposium is "Solutions for Success."

 

Thank you to our local host and major partner, Metro, and to our other partners,  The Intertwine AllianceMIG, Inc., Northwest Youth Corps, and the Professional TrailBuilders Association, as well as the Bureau of Land ManagementNational Park Service,  US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the USDA Forest Service.

 

 

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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 30, 2014. Read more and download the 2015 award nomination forms...  

 

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FEATURING the Professional TrailBuilders Association Sustainable Trails Workshops and Outdoor Trade Show 

 

The Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) and the American Trails International Trails Symposium (AT ITS) are proud to announce an exciting new partnership program -- the Sustainable Trails Workshop Series and "Legacy Trail." Through this program, and in conjunction with the International Trails Symposium, PTBA will offer a series of hands-on workshops focusing on the important skills and techniques involved in the sustainable design, planning, construction, and maintenance of trails for all types of users in all types of environments. This series of workshops will result in a local segment of sustainably and professionally built trail being left behind as a legacy of the AT ITS and the PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshop.

 

 

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PTBA will also provide an Outdoor Demonstration Area and Trade Show as the kick-off to the Symposium on Sunday, May 17. This is the only trade show in the nation dedicated to trailbuilders and trailbuilding tools, technology, and techniques. The outdoor demonstration area will have dirt, terrain, rocks, logs, and brush for equipment demonstrations. 

 

Learn more about this exciting new partnership and download the Sponsorship & Exhibitor Packet... 

 

d3Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities

 

The Sponsorship & Exhibitor Packet is now available! Exhibitors get to choose their booth location in the order they send in their contract and payment (some exceptions apply). If you are interested in more recognition, we have larger sponsorship levels available with some excellent benefits to boost promotion for your organization. Download the Sponsorship & Exhibitor Packet now...


Exhibitors save 10% if you send in your contract and payment by January 15. 

 

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors to date:

Learn more about the upcoming and past Symposiums...

 

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

 

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The Intertwine Alliance - offers a comprehensive trails guide to Portland

 

The residents of the Portland-Vancouver area have a fantastic interactive tool to connect them to nature. This website was produced by the Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of citizens and public, private, and nonprofit organizations involved in conservation, public health, trails, parks, conservation education, and active transportation work in the Portland-Vancouver region. The Alliance was formed to help residents connect with trails and nature and live active, healthy lives. Read more and start viewing trails here...  


 

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170 of the best trails to enjoy Seoul's summer

 

The "Summer Green Trails" as they are named, are the park trails, sidewalks, and streamside walks through the skyscrapers of the city that are lined with closely-spaced trees where scorching city heat can be avoided while beautiful scenery is offered. To add a little bit more fun, the City has divided the 170 trails into four different themes; trails into culture and history, trails into city nightscapes, trails with the sound of water stream, and trails with special trees. Read more and see photos...

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Swiss Hiking Federation showcases spectacular trails

 

Swiss Hiking Federation is the umbrella organization of 26 hiking associations in Switzerland. The Swiss trail system is also coordinated with railroad, bus, and boat transportation. Photos, trail descriptions, and maps are included for local, regional, and national routes. A category of "obstacle-free routes" is also highlighted. Read more and see photos...

 

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New high level Loch Ness trail opens in Scotland

 

A spectacular new high level section of the iconic Great Glen Way, one of Scotland's great trails, has been officially opened. The 17km section of the newly-completed high level alternative trail moved the path above the tree line, taking walkers away from tree felling areas. The 1 million project, managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, opens up stunning views to the north and south of Loch Ness as far as Ben Nevis on a clear day. Read more and see photos...

 

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International Conference on Walking & Liveable Communities

 

October 21-23, 2014 is the date for the International Conference on Walking & Liveable Communities in Sydney, Australia. The conference brings together experts in the field of walking promotion, research, policy, planning, and delivery. It is an opportunity to learn from international experience and to showcase local challenges and solutions. Read more...

 

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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 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 the upcoming American Trails webinar for 2014 (details and how to register coming soon): 

  • DECEMBER 11, 2014: Towards a Mountain Trail Sustainability Ethic ~ Part 3 of 3 (presented by Hugh Duffy, National Park Service) DETAILS COMING SOON!

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

 

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Protected bike lanes encourage active transportation

 

As cities move to increase levels of bicycling for transportation, many practitioners and advocates have promoted the use of protected bicycle lanes (also known as "cycle tracks" or "protected bikeways") as an important component of the infrastructure for cyclists. Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes, from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, finds "consistent evidence that the protected facilities improved the perception of safety for people on bicycles." Read more and download the full study...

 

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Resources on Mountain Trail Sustainability available from American Trails

 

Resources and the recorded webinar on "Sustainable Mountain Trails ~ Part 2 of 3" are available on the American Trails website. The webinar features experience at Rocky Mountain National Park including repair and rehabilitation of storm-damaged trails. Presenters are from the National Park Service, with long experience in designing and managing trails in challenging terrain. Read more and access the webinar... 

 

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Late 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... 

   

 

September 29-30 - St. Cloud, MN

* Minnesota State Water Trails Tourism Summit

 

October 7-8 - Dubuque, IA

* Making Sustainability a Community-Wide Priority

 

October 14-16, 2014 - Charlotte, NC

* National Recreation & Park Association

 

October 16-18 - Bellingham, WA

* Washington State Trails Conference

 

October 16-17 - Greenfield, NH

* Sustainable Trails for All Conference

 

October 18-19 - Greenfield, NH

* Trail Construction for Universal Access Workshop

 

October 21 - Online Webinar hosted by: Advocacy Advance

* Webinar: MAP-21 2.0

 

October 23-24 - Washington, DC

* National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

 

November 8 - Leominster, MA

* Massachusetts Trails Conference

 

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

 

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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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