Tags: Pathways

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,…

NTS Webmapping Application: A foundation for National Trails System Geographic Information Systems

By: Peter Bonsall, Geographer – GIS Specialist, and Matt Robinson, GIS Specialist, National Park Service and Appalachian National Scenic Trail, respectively A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool that allows users to view a variety of geographic data, perform spatial analysis, and conduct locational…

Trail Apprentice Spotlight: Lauren Murray

By: Partnership for the National Trails System, adapted from former Trail Apprentice submissions It’s been 10 years since the Partnership for the National Trails System first offered Trail Apprentice (TA) scholarships, funded by multiple Federal agencies, to young adults. We caught up with some members…

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…

Spring 2019

Contents EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT Creating a national public lands system for our trails BOARD PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE HIKE THE HILL PNTS/AHS experience trails victory while in D.C. GOLD SHEET 2018 volunteer and financial contributions BOOKS “West Like Lightning” by Jim DeFelice “Rider on the Pony Express”…

FHWA and BLM Trail Resources

RECREATIONAL TRAILS REPORT The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently published the 2019 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Annual Report. The RTP provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. This annual report…

Nathan Caldwell retires from FWS

By: Partnership for the National Trails System, Adapted from partner emails Nathan Caldwell, Transportation Program Analyst with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), retired from Federal service on December 31, 2018. He also served as the FWS representative on the Federal Interagency Council on Trails…

LWCF permanently reauthorized: Federal program is critical for protecting special places along national trails

By: Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System In February, the 116th Congress passed S.47—the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act—the largest public lands bill since 2009. This omnibus public lands bill includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water…

PNTS seeks input on annual State of the Trails Report

The Partnership for the National Trails System is looking to further refine and develop its annual State of the Trails Report with input from our Federal and nonprofit partners. Reports are meant to provide a benchmark for the national scenic and historic trails and help…

Auto tour guides go digital: Nez Perce NHT adds 92 sites along trail to mobile app

By: Kristine Komar, President, Bitter Root Cultural Heritage Trust, Nez Perce NHT partner As someone who is passionate about sharing the stories of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce people, NPNHT Administrator Sandra Broncheau-McFarland works diligently with partners to create access…