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Trail Tracks (ISSN 1082-8303) is the newsletter of American Trails for news, legislation, funding, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management.on trails and greenways. The American Trails Magazine is our current publication sent free with American Trails membership.

News and Opinions

National Trails Symposium, November 10-13, 2002:

Recognition for America's great trails:

New Initiatives

Benefits of trails and greenways

Trail planning and construction

People and projects in the news

Appeal made for Czech Greenways damaged by floods

2002 floods damaged greenways in central Europe.

As you are aware, the summer's floods in Germany and the Czech Republic have been devastating. But besides damaging historic towns and buildings, the floods had a big impact on the Czech Greenways. Daniel Morek with Friends of Czech Greenways recently sent out an urgent appeal for financial assistance to help restore the environment, historic monuments, and damaged parts of his country's greenway system.

Currently, an assessment of damage is being prepared and will be made available for public review. I have made contact with the Friends of Czech Greenways, a nonprofit charity registered in Brooklyn, NY, and have arranged for a special fund inside their organization that will accept financial contributions from American greenway advocates for this restoration effort. I am hoping that you will be able to join me in making a contribution, in what ever amount you feel comfortable with, to help our greenway friends in the Czech Republic.

Contributions can be made directly to "Friends of Czech Greenways," earmarked for the "Greenways Flood Fund." Your contribution is tax deductible. You can mail your contributions to Friends of Czech Greenways, 515 Avenue I, Suite 1B, Brooklyn, NY,11230-2632. Ms. Halsey, at the Friends of Czech Greenways in Brooklyn, will keep track of all contributions that are made to this fund. She will be happy to share this list with anyone upon request. Also, a list is being compiled that will denote how the money will be used and what projects will benefit from this and other funding sources.

I have been part of three devastating flood relief efforts in Louisville, KY, Grand Forks, ND and Eastern North Carolina. I know that this effort on the part of greenway advocates in the United States will be greatly appreciated. I hope that each of you will act quickly and send a contribution at your earliest convenience.

For more information on the Czech Greenways see the Web sites at and

New resources and publications for trails

Equestrian Land Conservation resources

Getting Organized: Creating an Equestrian Trails Organization provides step-by-step ideas on how to gather people and resources, create goals and by-laws, prepare and hold an initial meeting, and establish regular meeting formats. An appendix has sample forms and reading lists.

Equestrian Land Protection Guide is a comprehensive 47-page action plan for land protection written specifically for horse people. It covers team development, creating a manageable plan, maximizing resources, negotiating agreements, and building land owner relations.

In Their Shoes is a video on enjoying a trail from the perspective of a horseback rider, hiker, and biker. The three switch modes and obtain a much different perspective. It provides a good discussion piece for meetings on shared-use trails.

Equestrian Economic Impacts provides a basic understanding of how communities benefit from the economic impacts of horses and horse owners.

For information on obtaining these publications contact ECLR at (815) 776-0150 or, or visit

Accessible trails and sidewalks detailed

Beneficial Designs, Inc. has completed detailed reports for the Federal Highway Administration to identify best practices and provide guidelines for increasing the accessibility of sidewalk and trail designs, primarily in more developed areas. The documents from this research are available free of charge by faxing a request to FHWA's R&T Report Center at (301) 577-1421:

Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access Part I of II: Review of Existing Guidelines and Practices

Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access Part II of II: A Best Practices Design Guide

Trails for the Twenty-First Century covers trail issues

The second edition of a popular trail planning and design guide is available. Trails for the Twenty-First Century: Planning, Design, and Management Manual for Multi-Use Trails was written by Robert M. Searns, Charles A. Flink, and Kristine Olka.

The book's topics include:

discussions of regulations and federal programs
recently revised design standards
current research on topics ranging from trail surfacing to conflict resolution
information about designing and building trails in environmentally troubled landscapes


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Trail Tracks (ISSN 1082-8303) is the quarterly newsletter of American Trails. Subscribe today: The print version of Trail Tracks is sent free with an American Trails membership or by paid subscription.

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Trail Tracks is the only nationwide newsletter covering the needs of all trail users, planners, managers, agencies, and activists. Trail Tracks 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, events, and conferences.

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