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New 7.5 mile OVNHT segment wraps around Lake Whelchel

by Ben Richardson, Chief of Planning and Partnerships, and Will Caldwell, Park Guide, National Park Service On October 6, 1780, during the American Revolution, 900 Patriot soldiers left a temporary camp at what is now Cowpens National Battlefield and continued the pursuit of their British foes following…

A cause for celebration: Fones Cliffs protected along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT

by Jody Hedeman Couser, Director of Communications, Chesapeake Conservancy Partners gathered at historic Fones Cliffs along Virginia’s Rappahannock River and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail on June 28, 2019, to celebrate the permanent protection of 252 acres recently added to the Rappahannock River…

Closing the gaps in the National Trails System

by Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from submissions by Don Owen National trail administrators and planners estimate that there are more than 55,000 miles of national scenic and historic trails that crisscross the landscape of the United States. Of that total, nearly 20,000…

An Action Plan for our national trails

by Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from submissions by Ron Tipton The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) has engaged a team of experienced conservation and trail advocates to create an Action Plan to fund the protection and management of America’s 30…

Gary Werner receives Meritorious Service Award

by Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from an Oregon-California Trails Association news release Gary Werner, the Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System, was presented with the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) Meritorious Service Award at the organization’s 37th Annual National…

Preserving critical resources and closing gaps along national scenic and historic trails

by Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System Congress’s intent in establishing the National Trails System was for national scenic trails to be continuous off-road pathways and for both the national scenic and national historic trails to preserve the natural, cultural, historic, and…

PNTS leadership and headquarters updates

(March 2, 2020 Update) Partnership seeks new Executive Director The Partnership for the National Trail 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 level…

Summer 2019

Contents EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT Summer opportunities to support LWCF and PNTS CAPACITY PNTS, Trust for Public Land initiate Gap Analysis Executive Transition Taskforce update BOOKS “Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home” by Heather Anderson “A Grand Experiment” by Steve Elkinton WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Trail Apprentice…

DOI changes under Secretary David Bernhardt

by Partnership for the National Trails System, Adapted from DOI news releases and articles Congress confirmed David Bernhardt as the 53rd United States Secretary of the Interior on April 11, 2019. He succeeds Ryan Zinke, who resigned from the position on January 2, 2019.  During a…

National Trails Inventory underway

by Nathan Caldwell, Transportation Program Analyst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The third round of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) National Trails Inventory is underway! The entire FWS trail network will be inventoried on National Wildlife Refuges, Wetland Management Districts, and National Fish Hatcheries.…