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Where is the future of trails? In Arkansas!

By Pam Gluck, Executive Director, American Trails

Why did we choose Arkansas as the location for the next National Trails Symposium? I'm excited to share some of the "wow factors" that amazed me and led to the final decision in making Little Rock the place to be in November of 2008.

First, we are all trying to make the connection between trails and health. Little Rock's cutting-edge Medical Mile project, coordinated by trail innovator Terry Eastin, is a linear outdoor health museum. It is "lighting the way" for us to learn how to work with the medical community and bring hospitals and physicians across the country "on board" with trails. See page 32 to learn more about it.

Then there is the Big Dam Bridge project, over the Arkansas River, that is a shining example of how to take a BIG vision and make it happen. Judge Buddy Villines of Pulaski County had the concept and worked tirelessly to make it happen. He says "We build roads because we have to move cars in commerce. We build trails to improve the quality of life for our citizens." Read more on page 8.

The mayors of both Little Rock and North Little Rock live trails. Jim Dailey, Mayor of Little Rock, believes "The artistry of our landscape, the health of our citizens, and the desire for innovative economic stimulus that harmonizes with the environment have given us a mandate for developing the Arkansas River Trail."

Mayor Patrick Hays thinks, "The River Trail is one of the most scenic bicycle and walking trails in the country." Terry Eastin and I had the memorable experience of touring the lovely North Little Rock River Trail with Mayor Hays. This proud and enthusiastic "father" of the trail actually helped lay out sections of it.

The leaders and people of Little Rock are enthusiastic about their trail projects and are just as excited to share them with you at the 2008 National Trails Symposium. So mark your calendars and join us in Arkansas in 2008!

A New Opportunity to Highlight your Business on the Web

We have a new opportunity to highlight our members' businesses through the American Trails website at! Up until now, we have given businesses a direct link from our Products and Services page at no cost. We want to recognize our members even more. In order to do so, those members at the $100 Supporter level and above will not only get their regular member benefits, but they'll also be showcased on the first page of the Products and Services webpage with a short description of their company, contact information and a direct link from our website to theirs' for an entire year! We can include your logo if you join at the $250 Patron level. For nonmembers, only the company name with a direct link to their website will be placed on the second page of the Products and Services webpage. Contact Candace at the American Trails office at (530) 547-2060 or for more information.

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