A new start for the NRT Program
National Recreation Trails are a category identified in the National Trails System Act. How can we use this designation as a means of promoting trails nationally?
During 1999-2000 a variety of trail groups and agencies worked with the National Park Service to redesign and revitalize the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program. American Trails is serving as the lead nonprofit partner on this project and is particularly involved in efforts to publicize the program and provide easily accessible information about the designated trails.
The National Recreation Trails Program supports designated NRTs with a new benefits package. Its goal is to promote the use and care of existing trails and stimulate the development of new trails to create a national network of trails and realize the vision of Trails for All Americans.
Unveiling of the new NRT program began with National Trails Day 2000.
In September, at the National Trails Symposium in Redding, California,
an NRT workshop, titled "Back in the Saddle Again," provided
more information on:
The deadline for the first round of nominations was scheduled for November,
Other benefits include:
Once designated, all NRTs are included on the NRT on line database. American Trails and the National Park Service are finalizing an agreement to add NRT program information to the American Trails website, as well as to include all designated trails on a searchable online database.
Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses the National Recreation Trail logo, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs or prints in any other manner, makes or executes any engraving, photograph or print, or impression in the likeness of this insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, without written authorization from the United States Department of the Interior, is subject to the penalty provisions of section 701.
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