Posts written by Samantha Haas

Collaborating during COVID-19: Trails community shares resources, adjusts to change amid global pandemic

by Samantha Haas, Communications Coordinator, Partnership for the National Trails System Maybe COVID-19 won’t spread throughout the whole country. I think many Americans held onto that hope until March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic.  Time seemed…

Navigating times of change for the Partnership – by Barney Mann

by Barney “Scout” Mann, Board President, Partnership for the National Trails System Greetings from Washington, D.C. That is no typo. I live in San Diego, but one of our daughters needed help with our two-year-old grandson while preparing for the arrival of their new baby.…

Navigating times of change for the Partnership – by Kathy DeCoster

by Kathy DeCoster, Advocacy and Policy Director, Partnership for the National Trails System Talk about trial by fire! I began my tenure as the Partnership’s Advocacy and Policy Director in late January 2020 by testifying before Congress on trail funding needs, followed immediately by the…

Navigating times of change for the Partnership – by Karen Crossley

by Karen Crossley, Interim Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System Greetings from Madison, WI. I imagine many within the PNTS family and community have never visited the Partnership’s office—a light and airy second floor suite we share with an international microfinance organization. We…

PNTS Letters to Congress: Trails and Economic Stimulus

Attached are letters that the Partnership for the National Trails System sent to House and Senate leadership on May 5th and March 23rd urging specific attention to trails as they work on a long-term economic stimulus and infrastructure package. Now is a good time to…

A time of transition and momentum for trails during Hike the Hill 2020

By Kathy DeCoster, PNTS Advocacy and Policy Director, and Samantha Haas, PNTS Communications Coordinator More than 100 people representing 40 trail organizations and advocates from throughout the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this February to “Hike the Hill.” Now in its 23rd year, Hike the Hill®…

COVID-19 Updates for National Scenic and Historic Trails

Trail friends, advocates and partners: As you know, the COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly. Public health experts urgently advise those at lower risk of illness to take proactive precautionary measures (like social distancing, self-quarantining when sick, washing hands) not just to protect themselves, but to…

PNTS Seeks New Executive Director

Partnership for the National Trails System Seeks New Executive Director The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS or The Partnership) seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial and visionary Executive Director to build on the organization’s 27-year legacy of accomplishments and guide its work to the next…

The National Trails System: Journeys of discovery beyond the tread and ruts

In 1991, leaders of the national scenic and historic trail organizations began a journey together. The journey is a long quest to realize the full potential and purpose of the National Trails System. Like journeys taken along these trails, this has been and continues to…

Winter 2019-2020

Contents EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT The National Trails System: Journeys of discovery beyond the tread and ruts TRANSITION TASK FORCE UPDATE TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS (COMING SOON!) EVENTS 2020 Trail Workshops – Spring and Fall PNTS Address: 306 E. Wilson St. Suite 2E, Madison, WI 53703 Unless otherwise…