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#SaveLWCF to Save Our Trails

#SaveLWCF to Save Our Trails

Urge Congress to permanently reauthorize LWCF with full, dedicated funding The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on September 30th, threatening the future of our national trails, parks, and public lands. “Without any action from Congress, a program that is widely supported, provides more…

50th Anniversary Initiatives by Nonprofit and Federal Partners

50th Anniversary Initiatives by Nonprofit and Federal Partners

HIKING CHALLENGES Modeled after the North Country Trail Association’s successful “Hike 100 Challenge,” this year the North Country, Arizona, and New England national scenic trails are challenging trail users to hike 50 miles to earn a special patch or other prizes in commemoration of the…

Hike the Hill 2018 kicks off 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

Hike the Hill 2018 kicks off 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

A week in D.C. More than 125 people representing nearly 40 trail organizations from throughout the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this February to “Hike the Hill.” Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and the…

2017 Accomplishments of the Partnership for the National Trails System

2017 Accomplishments of the Partnership for the National Trails System

By Gary Werner, Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System During 2017, the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) continued to provide the educational and information sharing services it has for years to the National Trails System community. Pathways Across America…

OIA produces Outdoor Recreation Economy reports

OIA produces Outdoor Recreation Economy reports

Adapted from Outdoor Industry Association news releases, reports, and Headwaters Economics website In 2017, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the largest and most comprehensive national and State-level reports on the Outdoor Recreation Economy. OIA also produced a State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation report,…

Natural disasters damage trails, full extent unknown

Natural disasters damage trails, full extent unknown

Adapted from information from partner organizations and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration So far 2017 ties the record year of 2011 for the most (15) billion-dollar disasters for the year to date, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Among those costly and…

NCTA improves GIS program and digital map access

NCTA improves GIS program and digital map access

By David Cowles, Director of Development, and Matt Rowbotham, GIS Coordinator, with the North Country Trail Association The North Country National Scenic Trail has had an active GIS program since the late 1990s, first starting with combined efforts between the National Park Service and the…

Help us make the 50th Anniversary generate increasing resources to sustain national trails

Help us make the 50th Anniversary generate increasing resources to sustain national trails

By Gary Werner, Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System The National Trails System 50th Anniversary next year provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to focus much greater attention on our national scenic and historic trails and to inspire both our longtime supporters and…

In Memoriam: Jere Krakow—NPS, friend of the trails

In Memoriam: Jere Krakow—NPS, friend of the trails

By Bill Martin, Past President of the Oregon-California Trails Association Jere Krakow, a friend of the trails and a friend to all who knew him, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2017, at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, following a yearlong battle with cancer.…

Trail Safe! video resources for trail volunteers

Trail Safe! video resources for trail volunteers

By Daniel Watson, National Park Service Volunteer Coordinator with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail Greetings from the Ice Age National Scenic Trail! The colorful logo you see associated with this article is one I hope becomes very iconic for all of us in the…

PNTS Welcomes Two Communications Coordinators

PNTS Welcomes Two Communications Coordinators

By Gary Werner, Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System Greetings from the Partnership for the National Trails System! We now have the services of two new experienced and skilled women to help further and amplify the good work we are all…

25 Years of the National Trails Community Working Together—Part 3

25 Years of the National Trails Community Working Together—Part 3

By Gary Werner, Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System During 2007-2008, the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) collaborated with our Federal agency national trail administrators and leaders of The American Hiking Society, American Trails, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to…

GIS Analysis Identifies Remaining Wildlands along the Lewis and Clark NHT

GIS Analysis Identifies Remaining Wildlands along the Lewis and Clark NHT

Author: Ryan Cooper National Park Service staff recently completed a project in collaboration with The Wilderness Society using GIS to analyze the composition of land cover and status of vegetation condition and identify conservation protections along the 3,700 mile Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The trail commemorates…

Giving Our Trails a Voice in Washington, D.C.

Giving Our Trails a Voice in Washington, D.C.

We Hike the Hill Above: Christy Corzine, PNTS board member, and Gary Werner, PNTS Executive Director, pose for a picture outside the Department of Interior South Building Over 100 individuals representing over 40 trail organizations from throughout the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this February to…

2016 In Review

2016 In Review

2016 was a year of great opportunity and continuing challenges for the National Trails System. Here is a recap of the year and what we can expect moving forward. Congressional Actions The 114th Congress adjourned in early December after passing another Continuing Resolution to fund the…

Bill Buck’s Top 10 National Trail Sites with Outstanding Historic Experiences

Bill Buck’s Top 10 National Trail Sites with Outstanding Historic Experiences

Top 10 National Trail Sites with Outstanding Historic Experiences Exert from “The Top Ten Guide to National Trails” by Bill Buck. Photo by Bill Buck. The National Trails System is an essential way to immortalize our nation’s defining moments—from the tragic to the transcendent, the…

2016 National Historic Trails Workshop

2016 National Historic Trails Workshop

An Overview From June 6th-9th, national historic trail non-profit and agency partners came together in Independence, MO for the 2016 National Historic Trails Workshop. During this time, it became apparent to me that national historic trail partners face numerous challenges. Though each trail is unique,…

We “Hike the Hill” to Give a Voice to Our National Trails

We “Hike the Hill” to Give a Voice to Our National Trails

Our National Trails System Our National Trails System (NTS) spans 55,000 miles and connects with 70 National Wildlife refuges, 80 National Parks, 90 Bureau of Land Management areas, 90 National Forests, 123 Wilderness Areas, and 100 major metropolitan areas. This incredible system provides access to our…

Partnership for the National Trails System Land and Water Conservation Fund Statement

Partnership for the National Trails System Land and Water Conservation Fund Statement

  A Battle to Save the LWCF   For 50 years, until Congress let it expire on September 30th, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has allowed for the purchase of critical lands for conservation and the development of parks, trails, and other outdoor recreation facilities…

The Land and Water Conservation Fund and Our Trails

The Land and Water Conservation Fund and Our Trails

  Just How Important is the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Our National Trails System? The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the most important program for ensuring permanent protection of our Nation’s National Scenic and Historic Trails. Created to invest a portion of the revenue from offshore drilling leases…