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THE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS (NRT) program works to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. We invite you to explore America’s great national system of trails and greenways.
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Secretary Kempthorne Designates 40 New National Recreation Trails in 22 States
Washington, D.C. - The country's 1,000th National Recreation Trail will honor one of the heroes of September 11, 2001. The Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail in Oregon will commemorate the life of the devoted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Manager who died aboard Flight 93. The Guadagno Trail is one of 40 newly designated National Recreation Trails announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.
"The National Recreation Trail System connects Americans with the beauty of the great outdoors," said Kempthorne. "It is entirely fitting that the 1000th trail be named after Rich Guadagno, a man who dedicated his life to preserving nature and sharing his passion for the land with others."
The Guadagno Trail is located in the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge where Guadagno once worked. The 1.75-mile pathway meanders through rare Oregon white oak savanna and woodlands, offering views of the Willamette Valley which contains the world's largest population of the endangered Fender's blue butterfly. The trail will be formally dedicated in a ceremony led by Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett at 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 2, 2007. The new National Recreation Trails showcase the diversity of the American landscape. They range from the quarter mile Balfour Riverwalk Trail in downtown Attleboro, Mass. to the 1,500-mile long Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, considered by some as the water version of the Appalachian Trail for its length and scenic features.
The projects designated as National Recreation Trails in 2007 are listed below; click on any state name to see more on some featured NRTs in that state:
Clear Creek Trail in the Denver metro area
National Recreation Trails are components of the National Trails System and recognize already existing trails that connect people to resources and improve their quality of life. The program is jointly administered by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails. Each of the trails inducted into the system will receive a certificate of designation and trail markers. They join a network that contains more than 11,000 miles of trails. More information is available at the National Recreation Trails website, hosted by American Trails.
The nomination process follows an annual timetable which results in official designation by the Secretary of the Interior each June. See the 2003 U.S. Department of Agriculture NRT Designations page for additional trails on National Forests and Grasslands.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the USDA Forest Service administer the program in conjunction with a other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website. RTCA is a community resource of the National Park Service which provide technical assistance to community groups and local, State, and federal government agencies to help conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways.