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Virtual Success: Overmountain Victory NHT

by Tom Vaughan, Treasurer, Overmountain Victory Trail Association In the words of Robert Burns: “… In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!” Our best…

Virtual Success: Appalachian NST

by Alivia Acosta, Volunteer Development Coordinator, Appalachian Trail Conservancy The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invited people from across the country to join them on an amazing Appalachian Trail (AT) Ed-Venture Series.  Starting in Georgia and traveling all the way north to Maine, each session was led…

North Country Trail 2021 Hike 100 Challenge

by Kate Lemon, Marketing + Communications Coordinator, North Country Trail Association Since 2016, thousands of North Country Trail (NCT) users have signed up for and completed the annual Hike 100 Challenge, one free program offered by the North Country Trail Association (NCTA). Each year this…

New Federal Trail GIS Schema Template Makes Data Sharing Easier

by Kerry Shakarjian, GIS Specialist, National Park Service, Alaska  There are 30 Congressionally designated National Scenic and Historic Trails (National Trails) covering more than 55,000 miles in total. The National Trails connect with 70 Wildlife Refuges, 80 National Parks, 90 Bureau of Land Management areas,…

Connectivity Analysis Tool for Trail Land Protection Planning Launched

Adapted from The Connectivity Analysis Final Report by Don Owen. Fifty years after the passage of the National Trails System Act, many critically important landscapes and resources of the National Trails System lack any legal protection. Between 2013 and 2017, PNTS participated in a Collaborative…

Hike the Hill 2021: Addressing a New Administration

In March 2021, PNTS and its long-time partner, the American Hiking Society, led the 24th annual Hike the Hill® as a virtual event. Even a pandemic couldn’t hinder Hike the Hill®, nor could it hamper participants’ enthusiasm or the event’s efficacy.  What is normally a…

National Trail Nonprofits Persevere in 2020

When Covid-19 led to the shutdown of many offices in early 2020, trail organizations were justifiably concerned about the impact that might have on their programming, volunteerism, and annual giving. Many fundraising events were cancelled or quickly pivoted to digital formats. In-person volunteer programs including…

Rose, Bud, Thorn: Growing from the Lessons of 2020-21

Executive Director’s Report: As the soft fuzz and bright blooms of Spring cover the Mid-Atlantic, the change of seasons harkens the end of what seemed to be a particularly long winter—one that kept us distanced from one another due to the lingering pandemic. It’s said…

PNTS Trail Intern Grant Award Announcement

PNTS Trail Intern Grant Award Announcement The Partnership for the National Trails System, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service, is pleased to announce grant recipients for their 2021 National Trails System Intern Grants. The Intern Grants…

2020 Florida National Scenic Trail Highlights

Florida Trail Association (FTA) OUTREACH Cultural — FTA hosted their 3rd Annual Wild and Scenic Film festival, featuring 14 partner organizations and 350 attendees.  Visitor Engagement — FTA added two new Gateway Communities and five new passport stamp locations.  Education — FTA partnered with the…