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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®…

PNTS Cancels Spring National Trails Workshop

UPDATE 3/20/2020: PNTS Cancels Spring National Trails Workshop Regrettably, we have decided by consensus among PNTS leadership and workshop leads to cancel the Partnership’s Spring National Trails Workshop scheduled for May 18-22, 2020 at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. This is highly unfortunate and yet…

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…

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…

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…

Protected: End of the Year Documents from PNTS Partners

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Fall 2019

Contents EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT Preserving critical trail resources and closing gaps AWARDS Gary Werner receives Meritorious Service award NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM PROJECTS An Action Plan for our national trails Closing the gaps in the National Trails System Great American Rail-Trail connection OUTREACH Faces of the…

Trail partner comings and goings

From the Fall 2019 Issue of Pathways Across America Chris Loudenslager is new NCT Superintendent Becky Blanchardt is new PNT Trail Administrator Leadership change in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Don King retires after 50-year NPS career Peter Bonsall is the NPS National Trails System Program…

Don King retires after 50-year NPS career

by Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from a news release from the NPS After a 50-year career with the National Park Service (NPS), Don King retired as Chief Realty Officer of the National Trails Land Resources Program Center in Martinsburg, WV on September…

Peter Bonsall is the NPS National Trails System Program Specialist

by Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from partner emails The National Park Service (NPS) announced in September that Peter Bonsall is the new NPS National Trails System Program Specialist, based out of Denver, CO. After Helen Scully’s retirement from that position in late…