Posts written by Samantha Haas

Hiking Challenges Gain Attraction During Pandemic

NEW ENGLAND TRAIL #Hike50NET  The Connecticut Forest and Park Association and Appalachian Mountain Club worked closely with the Center for Community GIS to redevelop the New England National Scenic Trail website, which features a new interactive map and overnight site reservation system and pages for…

Virtual CDT Trail Days

Virtual CDT Trail Days COVID-19 cancellations bring events online worldwide by Amanda Wheelock, Policy and Communications Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition Amanda Wheelock has worked, volunteered, and occasionally lived on national trails for most of the last decade. This fall, she is embarking on a…

Plans underway for Santa Fe Trail’s 200th anniversary

by Joanne VanCoevern, Manager Santa Fe Trail Association  The Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA) continues to make plans and preparations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Santa Fe Trail throughout 2021. In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail was opened as a commercial route between Missouri…

Preserving the legacy of voting rights

Preserving the legacy of voting rights Interpretive center opens 55 years after Selma to Montgomery March by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, Alabama State University Contributing authors for this article include: Janice R. Franklin, Ph.D., Dean, Levi Watkins…

Brenda Yankoviak selected as Acting USFS Trails Program Lead

by Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from emails from the U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service has announced that Brenda Yankoviak has stepped into the role of Acting National Trails Program Lead as of June 8. Brenda has worked around the west…

STEP into trail crossings

STEP into trail crossings FHWA promotes Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program by Becky Crowe, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety Shared use paths and trails are popular with pedestrians and cyclists, and trail-roadway crossings are increasingly important locations to consider for…

“The National Trails System—An Illustrated History” by Steve Elkinton

by Steve Elkinton, Author The National Trails System: How did it happen? Steve Elkinton’s book, “The National Trails System—An Illustrated History,” traces the origins of long-distance trails across America, ties them to the cutting-edge conservation legislation of the 1960s and Earth Day, and explains how…

The Partnership on the move – by Barney Scout Mann

As I write this the Partnership stands at the edge of a cliff, is ready to jump, and—I believe—will soar. How long have we discussed a move to Washington, D.C.? Now, we are on the verge of signing a lease—a great location, a space that…

Raising our voices for trails – by Kathy DeCoster

There is exciting news to report! As part of its return to “regular order” legislation, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) on June 17. This bipartisan legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund is…

A time of accelerated change for the Partnership – by Karen Crossley

The Partnership for the National Trails System continues to sail forward amidst stormy seas. We face myriad uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as societal unrest and upheaval associated with recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement. We are paying attention. And…