Posts written by Samantha Haas

Trail of Tears NHT 2017 Highlights

National Trail of Tears Association OUTREACH Awards — Cherokee Trail of Tears trailhead and interpretive wayside in Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur, AL won Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation by Main Street Alabama; Trail of Tears memorial showing removal story of the Five Civilized…

2017 Federal Agency Highlights for the National Trails System

Federal Interagency Council on the National Trails System The Federal Interagency Council on the National Trails System, with representation from the NPS, BLM, FWS, USFS, FHWA, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, considers issues of interest to the NTS. Documentation — Interagency development…

Star-Spangled Banner NHT 2017 Highlights

OUTREACH Trail Stewards Program — Over 500 students from schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. participated in the educational program in partnership with the Living Classrooms Foundation. Students researched, retold, and interpreted historical events in their community about the trail, took part in a…

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT 2017 Highlights

National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. (W3R-US) OUTREACH Website — Launched new user-friendly website with interactive mapping feature. The website will showcase recently completed research on over 100 of the French encampments along the trail, a study of the French presence in Boston, MA, and…

Autumn 2017

Contents: • How to help promote the 50th Anniversary • LWCF Coalition launches #SaveLWCF initiative • Outdoor recreation economy, funding reports • Impacts of natural disasters on the trails • Ice Age, Arizona trails get REI grants for girls • Appalachian Trail Conservancy leadership changes • Former NPS Superintendent Jere Krakow dies…

Recent U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture appointees

U.S. Department of the Interior • Michael Argo—Deputy Chief of Staff for Interior Secretary • Rick May—Senior Advisor for Interior Secretary • Austin Ewell—Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science • Jason Larrabee—Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, Parks Bureau of Land Management •…

Tony Tooke replaces Tidwell as Forest Service Chief

Adapted from U.S. Department of Agriculture news releases Tony Tooke was sworn in as the 18th Chief of the U.S. Forest Service following the retirement of Tom Tidwell on September 1, 2017. “I am deeply humbled to have been asked to serve as Chief of…

PNTS launches trail intern grants program and forum

Grants In 2017, the Partnership for the National Trails System launched its National Trail Intern Grants program. We would like to extend a special thanks to our partners at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service for making these grants…

DOI creates Recreation Advisory Committee

Adapted from U.S. Department of Interior and American Recreation Coalition news releases and E&E News article The U.S. Department of the Interior is devoting important new resources to outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters. On November 7, 2017, Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the creation…

The National Park Service publishes trail resources

Adapted from the NPS Community Assistance News Improving Public Health Through Parks and Trails The National Park Service (NPS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to identify eight common measures that can be used to link parks and trails to public health…