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FALL 2002 issue of NRT NEWS

Also available as a pdf file (290 kb) with photos and graphics in Adobe Acrobat format.

ARTICLES:

Use the NRT logo to blaze your trail on land or paper: One of the most effective ways of highlighting your trail's status as a National Recreation Trail is to install colorful NRT logo signs right on the trail. The signs are available for a reasonable price in two convenient sizes. More...

New NRTs announced for 2002: U. S. Secretary of Interior Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton: and National Park Service Director Fran Mainella attended a May 31 preview of National Trails Day to promote the use of trails as "pathways to health." Gathering at the C & O Canal National Historical Park, Norton designated 26 new National Recreation Trails in 16 states. More...

Mineral Belt Trail interprets Colorado mining heritage: Leadville's Mineral Belt National Recreational Trail is moving into its next phase of development with the new interpretive signs. The 12-mile trail circumnavigates the City of Leadville and Colorado's largest National Historic Landmark District. The trail traces the full circle of Leadville's fabled mining history, More...

General James A. Van Fleet Trail State Park: This 29-mile converted rail-trail is one of the new National Recreation Trails designated in 2002. It provides recreation and wildlife viewing while serving as a natural habitat corridor connecting the cities of Mabel and Polk City. The trail also passes through the Green Swamp "Area of Critical State Concern," a 322,690-acre wetland area. Trail activities include, walking, biking and in-line skating. More...

The Schuylkill River Water Trail maps recreation sites: As part of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area and Pennsylvania Heritage Corridor, this 142-mile water trail provides recreational opportunities throughout five counties along the historic Schuylkill River. It is home to many natural features including scenic vistas, waterfalls, and wetland areas. In addition to these natural features, the trail also provides recreation for people who enjoy activities like camping and kayaking.

The development of the trail began in 2000 when the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission entered into an agreement with the Schuylkill River Greenway Association to develop a river-long, seamless water trail from the headwaters to Philadelphia. Community meetings were held to gather information about potential access points, camping opportunities, points of interest (historical and natural) and river navigation information including portages around dams. The Schuylkill River Water Trail Guide was developed to provide people with information on accessing the river, and discovering its heritage and natural treasures. The guides are available through the Schuylkill River Greenway Association, and an order form can be downloaded from their Web site: www.schuylkillriver.org/maps/water_trails.asp

National Trails Day gives NRTs promotional boost: National Trails Day is held the first Saturday in June each year. Several National Recreation Trails used the occasion to show off their projects to both media and the public. Here are some good examples of trail events featuring NRT designations: More...

Photo contest for NRTs highlights diversity of trails: American Trails is sponsoring a contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country. More...

The Catwalk National Recreation Trail in New Mexico

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