Tags: National Trails System

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 Workshops – Spring (Canceled) & Fall (Scheduled)

Additional information will be posted as available on the Workshop webpage. In the meantime, please send your questions to the workshop contacts. Spring Workshop – CANCELED (UPDATE 3/20/2020): Regrettably, we have decided by consensus among PNTS leadership and workshop leads to cancel the Partnership’s Spring…

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…

National Trails System 50th book to benefit PNTS

by Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from news releases Steve Elkinton, former National Park Service (NPS) Program Leader for the National Trails System, has written the book, “A Grand Experiment—The National Trails System at 50.” Learn how the concept of a National Trails…

PNTS and Trust for Public Land initiate Gap Analysis

by Don Owen, Consultant, Partnership for the National Trails System Fifty years after the passage of the National Trails System Act, many critically important landscapes and resources of the National Trails System lack any permanent protection.   Thanks to a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration,…

The future of the National Trails System faces fundamental challenges

By Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System In 2018 as we began our year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, I briefly described these fundamental challenges that we in the National Trails System community face to fully…

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…