The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- NEW YEARS 1998

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Resources and Publications

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: 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 86304.

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:

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.