The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- SPRING 1998

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A New Coastwalk book for California

Coastwalk, the group that promotes beach walking and trail access along the entire coastline of California, has a new guidebook: The California Coastal Trail: the Complete Guide to Hiking the Golden State's Beaches and Bluffs from Border to Border, by Bob Lorentzen and Richard Nichols. Volume One, Oregon to Monterey, is available now. The guides cover facilities and practical hiking information.

For more information on the guidebook and on Coastwalk: 1389 Cooper Rd., Sebastopol CA 95472 (707) 829-6689; e-mail:; on the Web at:

Tread Lightly's Guide to Responsible Snowmobiling

America has over 140,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, twice the mileage of the interstate highway system, and snowmobiling has been growing at a rate of 15% annually. Tread Lightly's new Guide to Responsible Snowmobiling covers preparation, clothing, safety, trail etiquette, snowmobiling and the environment, riding tips, survival techniques, and an equipment checklist.

This is the fifth in a Tread Lightly! series, which includes the Guide to Responsible Four-Wheeling, Guide to Responsible Mountain Biking, Guide to Responsible Trail Biking, and Guide to Responsible ATV Riding. The new publication is sponsored by three top snowmobile manufacturers Arctic Cat, Bombardier, and Yamaha, plus Ehlert Publishing Group. 50,000 booklets will be printed and distributed nationwide.

Single copies of Tread Lightly's Guide to Responsible Snowmobiling are $2.00 postpaid from Tread Lightly!, 298 24th St., Ste. 325, Ogden UT 84401; (800) 966-9900.

ADA information by phone and on the Web

Need information on the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible facility design? Call (800) 949-4232 or visit the ADA site:

1998 Trails Resource Bibliography

It's the best current compilation of trails publications, plans, and studies. Jim Schmid, South Carolina State Trails Coordinator, compiled this bibliography of 941 trail-related publications. Each document is described in an abstract, and over 150 keywords make searching easier. Please make checks ($10.00 postpaid) payable to American Trails, and mail to: P.O. Box 11046, Prescott, Arizona 86304. The bibliography can also be accessed on American Trails' Web site: Click on "What's New."

Nationwide Overnight Stabling Directory

A new 1998 edition of this directory covers 480 overnight stabling and vacation spots in the U.S. and Canada. Lodgings include B & Bs, ranches, resorts, and historic sites. Equine Travelers of America has published the Directory since 1982. Inquiries on listings are also welcome. Cost is $29.45 postpaid from ETA-NR, P O Box 322, Arkansas City KS 67005-0322; (316) 442-8131; fax (316) 442-8215.

Volunteer America! launches on-line newsletter

Volunteer America! connects individuals and groups with volunteer opportunities and volunteer vacations across America. They focus on efforts that enhance or restore the environment, or deal with natural resources or outdoor recreation. If you have a volunteer event or opportunity, you can submit information to be posted on the group's new Web site. See the Volunteer America site at:

National Bicycle and Pedestrian Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse goal is doubling the percentage of bicycling and walking trips while reducing deaths and injuries, and providing information to support bicycling and walking. It distributes materials including safety education and enforcement, trail issues, technical guidelines, Federal legislation, and case studies of the National Bicycling and Walking Study. A database of research documents, program materials, and audio-visuals is available on the Web at:

The Clearinghouse, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration, is at (800) 760-NBPC (Mon.- Fri., 9-5 Eastern Time). Questions about the Clearinghouse can be directed to Peter Moe, Manager.

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