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News from American Trails

Funding and stewardship

Recognition and awards for trails and greenways

Stewardship and education

Planning, building, and managing trail systems

Accessible trails and outdoor recreation

Federal funding and regulations

  • The Forest Service Travel Management Initiative: one of the greatest tasks ever undertaken by the U.S. Forest Service; by Deborah L. Napier

    Opinions and Ideas

  • The mythical off-highway vehicle user, by Karen Umphress, American Trails Board member
  • The Trail Ahead Needs All of Us, by Roger Bell, Vice-Chair, American Trails
  • "Get Out, White OUt!" — Poetry by Roger Bell: Nature runs the show in the high Sierras

    A Letter from the Chair

    By Robert Searns, Chair, American Trails Board

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    Top Ten Reasons To Participate in the National Trails Symposium

    1. Help make “Trails for America: Every Where, Every Way, Every Day” a reality!
    2. So much to see and do, it takes four cities and two states to hold it all!
    3. Midwest hospitality.
    4. A Keynote Speaker (Gil Penalosa) who led the closure of 50+ miles of roads to cars every Sunday, where now over 1.5 million people walk, run, skate, and bike!
    5. Over 60 cutting-edge presentations.
    6. Exhibits, field trips and hands-on workshops.
    7. Discover new ways to develop, promote and sell the importance of trails in your community.
    8. The largest exhibit hall ever, with over 100 booths and a greenway with trails running through it!
    9. Network with trails enthusiasts from around the country and the world!
    10. A Riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River!

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