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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…

2020 Trail Workshops – Spring (Canceled) & Fall (Scheduled)

Additional information will be posted as available on the Workshop webpage. In the meantime, please send your questions to the workshop contacts. Spring Workshop – CANCELED (UPDATE 3/20/2020): Regrettably, we have decided by consensus among PNTS leadership and workshop leads to cancel the Partnership’s Spring…

2020 Trail Intern Grants Press Release

The Partnership for the National Trails System, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service, is pleased to announce grant recipients for their 2020 National Trails System Intern Grants. The Intern Grants will create opportunities for young adults…

PNTS leadership and headquarters updates

(May 28, 2020 Update) Partnership interviews candidates, seeks office space The Partnership for the National Trails System Transition Task Force reports that the hiring of a new Executive Director is on schedule for mid-summer with a start date on or before September 1st. We were delighted with…

New Endeavors for Chelsea Bodamer of the PNTS

Chelsea Bodamer has accepted an event coordinator position with Western Washington University and will be departing from her Outreach and Youth Programs Coordinator role with the Partnership for the National Trails System.  Chelsea received her bachelor’s degree in media and professional communications with a certificate…

Make the connection – the National Trails System

I am Alex Stigliano, Program Director for the Florida Trail Association. I devoted a decade of my career to teaching outdoor leadership skills to students of all ages because I believe it is the perfect classroom. People see themselves, each other, and their world most…

Find America’s Trails – Out There!

At 13, I was the smallest boy in my class. “Hey, Shrimp!” was a refrain often heard. On a 50-mile backpacking trip, my 80-pound body wrestled with a 35-pound pack. But “out there,” I found scenes more beautiful than pictures on a museum wall. Out…

Experience the heart of history on America’s national trails

I am Margaret Gorski, a volunteer leader with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. In 1991, I was a U.S. Forest Service employee sitting in a circle of Nez Perce elders high in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. I looked across a vast jumble of tree…

Explore. Dream. Discover – the National Trails System is here for you!

I’m Gary Werner, the Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS). Our organization advocates for the 30 amazing trails that together create an American legacy, the National Trails System. As a child, I walked with my parents across the glacial terrain…