Tags: National Trails System

Documenting the history of the National Trails System

by Steve Elkinton, Author, “A Grand Experiment: The National Trails System at 50” (2018, Palmetto Press) Steve Elkinton, former National Park Service (NPS) Program Leader for the National Trails System, has compiled an illustrated history of how the System came about and how it has evolved…

Let’s prioritize growing our trail organizations to be able to fully realize our national trails

by Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System In the Spring Issue of Pathways Across America, I briefly described these fundamental challenges that we in the National Trails System community face to fully realize the potential and expectations of our national scenic and…

Let’s prioritize closing the gaps and protecting the special places along our national trails

by Gary Werner, Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System In the Spring Issue of Pathways Across America, I briefly described these fundamental challenges that we in the National Trails System community face to fully realize the potential and expectations of our national…

In Memoriam: Civic leader Dan Ogden helped shaped the National Trails System Act

By Dana Hendricks, Columbia Cascades Regional Representative, Pacific Crest Trail Association Daniel M. Ogden, Jr., who helped create the National Trails System Act, passed away February 7, 2018, at the age of 95. A memorial service was held March 24 in Vancouver, WA, where he was…

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…

50th Anniversary Opportunities

By Partnership for the National Trails System Compiled from www.pnts.org and www.trails50.org Opportunities to participate In his 1965 “Natural Beauty Message” to Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired a national “system of trails” for the American people. Congress passed the National Trails System Act, signed…

The future of the National Trails System faces fundamental challenges

By Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System Our celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System are well underway. While we are celebrating throughout 2018 the 50 years of tremendous progress in establishing, protecting, developing, maintaining, and interpreting the trails…

Decade for the National Trails Goals

Decade Goal 1 – Outreach and Public Awareness In the challenge of protecting land, constructing trail on the ground, mapping the trail, and all the logistical challenges of managing trails, outreach may at first seem like a luxury. Yet there is a reason Outreach is listed…