Iditarod NHT: 2018 Highlights

Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance (IHTA)

  • Hired a summer intern with a PNTS grant for the 40th anniversary of the Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT) and the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System Act to develop social media posts about the historic trail. More than 20 social media posts were created with over 20,000 views and 2,100 interactions.  
  • Updated and revised the visitor guide for the INHT, which was printed and distributed to communities and partners.  
  • Partnered with Seward Trail Blazers to print and distribute a trail brochure for Mile Zero of the INHT.
  • Sponsored an Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom (iTREC) teacher Alumni Workshop in the ninth year of the program. During the first eight years (2010-2018), 120 teachers completed the yearlong place-based service learning professional development program that connects youth and communities along the trail, promoting resource stewardship, recreation, and community engagement.
  • Partners developed a draft INHT Southern Trek Stewardship Plan with the assistance of a Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program grant to the IHTA.
  • Successfully organized three first-time volunteer trail events, which experienced strong and enthusiastic community and local business support: Moose Pass Trail near Rocky Creek (400 feet of trail built), Upper Winner Creek (800 feet widened and brushed), and Crow Pass Trail in Girdwood (600 feet improved and widened).
  • Established a Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the Chugach National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, to promote the trail, story, and stewardship of the INHT.

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National Trails Day event at Seward, AK. Photo Credit: Jacob Torres.