Tags: Pathways

Spring 2018

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act in 2018, we have redesigned Pathways Across America to better reflect the following Decade Goals: outreach and public awareness, resource protection and trail completion, and capacity building. Contents: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT National Trails…

Introduction to Trail Safe! Online Trail Safety Training Videos

When: March 12, 2018 Presenter: Dan Watson, Trail Safe! creator and the National Park Service (NPS) Acting Superintendent and Volunteer Coordinator for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail About: Trail enthusiasts from across the country participated in the webinar, “Introduction to Trail Safe! Online Trail…

Vickie Christiansen appointed Interim Chief of U.S. Forest Service

By Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from USFS social media and March 9, 2018 AP article The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has recently experienced a change in leadership in the agency. The 18th Chief, Tony Tooke, announced his retirement on March 7, 2018,…

NPS Traffic Safety Coalition recognizes Supt. Mary Risser

By Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from NPS website and February 21, 2018 news release The National Park Service (NPS) Traffic Safety Coalition recognized Mary Risser as the 2017 Superintendent of the Year. Risser has been the Superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway, which…

USFS announces trail maintenance priority areas, strategy, fundamentals guidebook

By Partnership for the National Trails System Adapted from USDA and U.S. Forest Service news releases, websites, and publications The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) incorporates several standardized trail management concepts and tools in the administration and management of over 150,000 miles of National Forest System…

Summit Seekers: Telling our own story on the trail

By Frederick L. Tutman, D.C. Ambassador for the 2017 Summit Seekers Inaugural Program Adapted from the article in the Fall 2017 Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Journeys magazine People of color don’t hike, don’t scuba dive, and we don’t care about the environment. It sounds absurd to…

Lobanillo Swales: Partnerships foster trail development

By Steven Gonzales, Executive Director, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association (ELCAT) has been working on a trail protection and development project for the last several years. The project is focused on…

Attracting businesses: Survey, marketing toolkit for trail communities

By Continental Divide Trail Coalition Adapted from CDTC e-news and business toolkit The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) recently published a marketing toolkit for local businesses. The business toolkit is available to any business along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), including its 11 Gateway Communities.…

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…