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SPRING 2008 edition On the trail— connecting youth with the outdoors!

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News and Action:

Supporting trails and greenways

Recognition and remembering people and trails

Involving kids in trails and the outdoors

Stewardship and education

Planning and developing trail systems

New books and resources

Celebrating Local Heroes: a message from the Chair

"See that candle! It throws a light like a good deed on a naughty world." - W. Shakespeare

In trying times and in good times as well, it is good to recognize those who make us proud through their dedication, creativity, and perseverance. They inspire us by their example. Their achievements enable us, give us hope, and motivate us. Every two years American Trails provides a unique opportunity to recognize these contributions&emdash; key trail activists in every state. At the National Trails Symposium in November we want to present awards to a Trail Worker and a Trail Advocate from your state.

Our good deeds shine a light. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to shine the spotlight on people who are making trails happen in your area. Help us recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create first-rate trails in your state and helping us work toward a national system of trails for all Americans.

Our goal is to see every state (as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) nominate a trail champion for each of these awards. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2008. Visit the National Trails Awards page for details of the Trail Advocacy Award and Trail Worker Award.

Another opportunity to recognize great trail projects is offered by the Coalition for Recreational Trails. These Annual Achievement Awards are for projects and state programs that use funds from the federal Recreational Trails Program. There are several categories of trail work and related projects. The deadline is April 20, 2008.

-- Bob Searns, Chair, American Trails

Dana Bell retires from NOHVCC

Dana Bell, Senior Project Coordinator for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) recently announced her retirement. Bell, who resides in Long Beach, CA, joined the organization in October 1999 and specialized in the facilitation of the OHV State Association Development and OHV Recreation Management Managers workshop series. She was also instrumental in the development of many of the NOHVCC educational projects such as the Adventure Trail program.

"I have always considered my position with NOHVCC the perfect job," Dana said. "Unfortunately, my elderly father is requiring more assistance and I am chiefly responsible for overseeing a family business that financially provides for much of his care. Over the past two years I have found it increasingly difficult to juggle my family responsibilities with my NOHVCC work.

"My decision to retire at this time was also made difficult because of how much I will miss working with all of the incredible OHV folks around the country that I have been so privileged to meet."

Prior to her position at NOHVCC, Bell was the Western States Representative for the AMA beginning in 1992 where she was involved in both on-road and off-highway motorcycling work, with a large percentage of her time spent on political issues.

Dana served for several years on the American Trails Board of Directors and has continued as an advisor. She has also been active with the National Trails Training Partnership and in promoting education throughout the trails community.

Edmund Percival Hillary was first to climb Mt. Everest

At the age of 33, Sir Edmund Hillary became the first to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. The New Zealand mountaineer and explorer reached the summit on May 29, 1953 with Tenzing Norgay. Hillary and the Sherpa mountaineer were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Following his ascent of Everest he devoted much of his life to helping the people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region. To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest the Nepalese Government conferred honorary citizenship upon Hillary at a special Golden Jubilee celebration.

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The American Trails Magazine is the only nationwide publilcation covering the needs of all trail users, planners, managers, agencies, and activists. American Trails Magazine includes articles on current events, funding ideas and grants programs, legislation in Congress, new technology, trail and greenway planning, tools for advocacy, trail benefits and economic impacts, accessible trails, environmental issues, training opportunities, news from the federal agencies, state trail programs, publications and resources, and training opportunities.

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