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Potomac Review covers trails in two literary issues

The Potomac Review quarterly, has produced two issues with trails as the theme. An intriguing mix of essays and stories on trails, towpaths, rivers, and hiking adventures, the 130-page journals focus on the Mid-Atlantic region.

This year's Summer's Lure: on the Trails includes:

A few of th highlights of 1999's Twining Trails:

For copies, send $5.00 for Summer's Lure and $3.00 for Twining Trails to the Potomac Review, PO Box 354, Port Tobacco MD 20677. Subscriptions are $18 for one year, $30 for two. (301) 934-1412;

New video on switchbacks

Anew 28-minute video program titled Constructing Trail Switchbacks is produced by the Missoula Technology & Development Center. Liz Gupton, a trail designer with the U. S. Forest Service, shows layout and construction in the field, and tips on switchback maintenance.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) of the Federal Highway Administration is making the video available to the trails community in partnership with the U. S. Forest Service. In the next issue of Trail Tracks we'll tell you about several USFS publications that will be available through RTP.

Constructing Trail Switchbacks is available by faxing your request to (202) 366-3409. Information on this and other resources can be found on the Recreational Trails Program site:

GIS information available

A new website provides information on GIS mapping tools. It offers guidance on building GIS systems, including links to federal, state, and local sources on data. The site is sponsored by the Conservation Fund:

Two new trail guides from The Mountaineers Books

100 Hikes in Northern California: Features the Trinity Alps, Lassen National Park, Lake Tahoe Region, the North Coast, and San Francisco Bay region. Complete trail descriptions of a wide variety of hiking routes. $12.95.

Cycling the Great Divide: from Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route: Route descriptions, camping and accommodations, side trips, and points of interest. 224 Pages; $14.95.

Published by The Mountaineers Books, 1001 SW klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle WA 98134. Call for a catalog: (800) 553-4453.

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