American Pathways case studies available
A new publication&emdash; American Pathways: Case Studies in
Successful Partnering for Trails and Greenways&emdash; will be
available in January. Jointly produced by the American Hiking Society
and the National Park Service, this publication contains an
introduction and ten case studies showing partnership strategies of
communities from Anchorage, Alaska to New York City, New York. One of
these case studies in draft form was featured in the Summer 1997
Trail Tracks. The cost is $5.00 for all ten case studies, or $2.00
for a single case study. Order from the American Hiking Society, P.O.
Box 20160, Washington, DC 20041-2160.
Strategies for saving rural landscapes
An updated edition of Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation was recently released. Authors report on 32 case studies of conservation efforts by rural communities throughout the United States. The book offers strategies for community organization, public-private cooperation, political involvement, fundraising, and public relations that can be adapted to local situations. 480 pages; $49.95 hardcover/$25.95 paperback.
Available in bookstores or from the Johns Hopkins University Press
at (800) 537-5487.
HIKING! The Ultimate Natural Prescription
Why hiking has become the fastest growing outdoor activity in
America is the topic this book by Philip Ferranti (Author of 75 Great
Hikes in and near Palm Springs and Colorado State Parks: A Complete
Recreation Guide) and Cecilia Leyva. Published by Kendall/Hunt
Publishing Company. Information is available at (800) 228-0810 and
New Guide for the Arizona Trail
From the Sonora Desert at the Mexican border to the Grand Canyon
and Utah, the Arizona Trail offers a diversity of climate, geology,
history, and plant and animal life. On the Arizona Trail: A Guide for
Hikers, Cyclists, and Equestrians, by Karen Tighe and Susan Moran, is
the first published guide to the trail. It includes wildlife viewing,
camping and recreation areas, parking and trail access, local
contacts, and an appendix of supply and boarding centers. Trail
descriptions are written to help tailor trips from single-day outings
to multi-day treks. 288 pages, 45 photos, $16.95; Pruett Publishing
Co., 2928 Pearl St., Boulder CO 80301 (800-247-8224)
The trails bibliography now available in print
The best current compilation of trails publications, plans, and
studies, this bibliography of over 940 trail-related publications was
compiled by Jim Schmid, South Carolina State Trails
Coordinator. Each document is described in an abstract, and over
150 keywords make searching easier. Due to many requests, a printed
version has been made available for $10.00 postpaid from American
Trails, P.O. Box 11046, Prescott, AZ 86304. The bibliography can also
be accessed on American Trails' Web site:
www.outdoorlink.com/amtrails. From the home page, go to "Resources
and Library" and then to the "Good Information" section.
Proceedings of 1996 National Trails Symposium
We have a limited number of copies of the Proceedings of the 1996
National Trails Symposium. With text and materials from over 100
presentations, this book is a valuable resource for trails advocates.
Topics include trail maintenance and management, economic benefits,
consensus bulding, trail liability, marketing, long-distance trails,
using GPS systems, user conflict resolution, and much more. Take
advantage of the knowledge of America's trails experts! $25.00
postpaid from American Trails, P.O. Box 11046, Prescott, Arizona
Find travel outfitters on the Web
America Outdoors has launched what they call the "largest searchable database of adventure travel outfitters on the Web." The database is now online at: www.americaoutdoors.org.
Developed by America Outdoors, a national, non-profit association of outfitters, this searchable database contains the complete listings of more that 530 companies from across the nation and around the world. Members of the association serve approximately 2 million Americans each year.
Over 47 activities such as whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, dude ranching, cross-country skiing, fly fishing, and rock climbing are included. In addition to the database, adventurers can find descriptions of a variety of outdoor activities and a special section called "Planning Your Trip." It contains information about making reservations, addressing special needs, taking children on trips, and a list of general questions to assist with selecting the right outfitter and trip.
A free, 64-page Outfitters Directory and Vacation Guide is now available to the public by calling (423) 558-3597.