The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- SPRING 1997

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A report from American Trails' Executive Director

American Trails has brought you the past 13 National Trails Symposia, technical assistance products, and current trail news and trends in Trail Tracks&emdash; the only national newspaper for all trail users. Our work includes: supporting trails-related legislation, creating educational opportunities, encouraging trails interest groups to work together, promoting the many benefits of trails to society, fostering positive communication, and supporting the creation of trail systems for ALL Americans.

This year, the American Trails' Board has taken on new projects to further the American Trails mission. These projects are in the initial planning phase:

Project #1 -- Implement the Universal Trail Assessment Process nationally (See Page 8).

Project #2 -- Develop and implement a strategy to strengthen State Trails Programs.

Project #3 -- Develop and implement an updated National Trails Agenda strategic action plan that will lead trail advocacy organizations and trail-managing agencies into the 21st Century. We'll be working with federal, state, and local trail managing agencies, state trails programs, the National Association of State Trail Administrators, outdoor recreation-related businesses, and trail user organizations from around the country.

Project #4 -- Actively promote cooperation and communication among all trail users. First area of focus: The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council has invited American Trails to participate in their spring conference which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. American Trails is dedicated to learning about and supporting every type of responsible trail user group and in promoting commonalities, rather than differences, among all users.

Ongoing Project: Planning is in full swing for the American Trails' 14th National Trails Symposium which will be held in Tucson, Arizona, November 13-17, 1998. The Arizona State Committee on Trails of Arizona State Parks, in coordination with Pima County Parks and Recreation Department, has developed an exceptional Committee dedicated to bringing you the best Symposium ever!

Major sponsors to date include National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program and the Bureau of Land Management. (See article on page 1 and in the Spring issue of Trail Tracks for more information on the Symposium.)

The Board is currently considering taking on these projects:

Work with the National Park Service to strengthen the National Recreation Trails program.

 Develop new technical assistance products to assist trail managers and trail user organizations in creating trail systems for ALL Americans.

Offer trail design, construction, and maintenance workshops around the country.

Pursue partnerships to create a national trails system database.

We are looking for interested agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals to assist us with these important new projects. Your input and involvement are needed! If you have a particular area of interest, please call me or one of our Board members. Our organization is only as strong as our membership. Stay tuned for project updates in future issues of Trail Tracks. I look forward to working with you in the future.