Case Studies & Reports

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Purpose of Reports/Case Studies

The Partnership for the National Trails System regularly reports on critical elements of maintaining and developing the National Trails System. These reports educate decision makers, funders, advocates and friends of the National Trails System on the current threats, the contributions made by volunteers, the challenges and the excellent programs offered by member organizations and partners.

Case Studies

Produced by the Partnership for the National Trails System with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, these case studies share in-depth accounts of noteworthy land protection projects on National Trails. They are aligned with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s strategic goals: safety, infrastructure, innovation, accountability.

State of the Trails 

The annual State of the Trails report showcased the collaborative impact of the nonprofit trail organizations and Federal agency partners, using the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act as a benchmark.

Volunteers & Contributions to Support the National Trails

An annual summary of the hours of volunteer time contributed to build, interpret, and maintain the different trails and dollars donated.

Youth/Young Adult Reports – View these on Next Generation page

These reports highlight the variety of programs offered across the trails system for youth and young adults.

Case Statements