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Leadership change in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

by Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from a July 22, 2019 news release from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Suzanne Dixon, who joined the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2017, resigned from her position effective August 30,…

USFS selects new Administrator for the Pacific Northwest Trail

by Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from news release by Meckenzie Helmandollar, Trail Specialist, U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has selected Becky Blanchard to be the lead Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT) Trail Administrator in 2019, and she is…

NPS selects new Superintendent for North Country Trail

by Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from an August 5, 2019 news release The National Park Service (NPS) selected Chris Loudenslager as Superintendent of North Country National Scenic Trail in Michigan. Loudenslager, who had served as the Trail Manager, assumed his new role…

Students explore the trails in their classroom and beyond

by Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from partner news releases and emails Triumph and Tragedy Each year, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF) supports National History Day with two $1,000 prizes in the Junior Division (grades 6-8) and the Senior Division…

Agents of Discovery: App engages youth along historic trails in Bitterroot

by Kristine Komar, President, Bitterroot Cultural Heritage Trust Two years ago, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Conservation Education program in the Washington Office created an opportunity for USFS sites across the country to opt into a pilot program with the Agents of Discovery app. Geared toward…

Summer of storytelling: Showcasing the diverse faces of the Continental Divide

by Andrea Kurth, Marketing, Communications, and Community Outreach Specialist, Continental Divide Trail Coalition In 2018, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) celebrated the first 40 years of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. We applauded decades of progress toward completing the trail—there are fewer than 180…

Great American Rail-Trail connection: Multiuse pathway would intersect a dozen national scenic and historic trails

by Laura Stark, Rails to Trails Staff Writer, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy America’s rich tapestry of national scenic and historic trails provides immersive opportunities to learn about the country’s extraordinary story and experience its diverse and breathtaking landscapes in unforgettable ways. Now, a new multiuse pathway intersects a…

NSHT IAM: A method for capturing trail resources, qualities, values, and settings

by Deb Salt, Trails Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management, and Christopher Douwes, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration In 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) agreed to cost-share a contract to develop a standardized, resource integrated national scenic and…

Bringing a vision to life: North Country National Scenic Trail extends partnerships and trail route

by Kate Lemon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, North Country Trail Association The North Country Trail Route Adjustment is a project that has been decades in the making. The two main objectives are to reroute the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) in northeastern Minnesota to a…

Arizona Trail management strategies for a changing climate

by Matthew Nelson, Executive Director, Arizona Trail Association Maintaining and protecting the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) has always been a challenge, especially considering the diversity of ecosystems the trail traverses. Through deserts, canyons, mountains, and forests, the AZT climbs and descends over 110,000 feet in…