BLM, FWS, NPS launch story maps

by Partnership for the National Trails System
Adapted from BLM, FWS, NPS, and Trails50 websites

As the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act approaches, several Federal agencies have launched interactive story maps to encourage people to discover, connect, and explore.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Conservation Lands Office created an ESRI story map featuring 50 notable sites and segments within the National Trails System. “Authentic adventures on BLM-managed trails” features a brief background on the location, a photograph, and a link to the relevant recreation information page.

Also, the National Park Service (NPS) created a story map, developed by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Geographer Ryan Cooper, which celebrates America’s National Trails System. The 50th anniversary and each of the 30 national scenic and historic trails are featured with links, videos, photos, maps, and information about partner agencies and organizations.

And Bill O’Brian with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) co-authored and designed a story map of the National Wildlife Refuges along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, that was published on the FWS home page and also on the webpage of the National Wildlife Refuge System. O’Brian’s colleague, Susan Morse, wrote the “Trails for Non-Hikers” piece featuring paths in the National Wildlife Refuge System that focus on art, history, culture, nature, water, and even scat. 

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