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Short Film Spotlights Pilgrimage on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT

Short Film Spotlights Pilgrimage on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT

Every year beginning in late September and culminating on October 4, thousands of pilgrims from all over Mexico and southern Arizona converge on the city of Magdalena de Kino, Mexico, bringing a 120-mile stretch of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail National Historic Trail (JBDANHT)…

Fall 2021 Comings and Goings

We welcome… Federal Agency Partners: Tracy Stone-Manning was confirmed as the head of the Bureau of Land Management. She will be the first person to lead the organization since the Obama Administration. Dr. Tracey Ritchie joined the National Park Foundation as vice president of education and…

National Park Service Volunteer Rides and Kayaks All 680 Miles of Washington-Rochambeau Trail

National Park Service Volunteer Rides and Kayaks All 680 Miles of Washington-Rochambeau Trail

by Johnny Carawan, Trail Administrator, National Park Service, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Lilienthal is the first person to complete the “Revolutionary Ride” On Saturday, August 28, National Park Service volunteer Sal Lilienthal completed a 680-mile revolutionary ride at the Yorktown Victory Monument, becoming…

Rethink Outside™ – It’s Time to Tell a New Story

Rethink Outside™ – It’s Time to Tell a New Story

by Berkeley Bryant, Program Coordinator, Blue Sky Funders Forum The Rethink Outside™ Shared Narrative was the subject of the opening session of the 2021 National Trails Workshop Time in nature has often been seen as a ‘nice to have’ and not a critical need for…

Arizona Trail Association Releases Trail Skills Institute Series

Arizona Trail Association Releases Trail Skills Institute Series

by Wendy Lotze, Volunteer Program Manager, Arizona Trail Association The Arizona Trail Association’s (ATA) Trail Skills Institute video series is now online and available to the public. Each of the eight videos are less than six minutes long and are available for anyone to stream…

Missouri’s Jewels of the Santa Fe Trail

Missouri’s Jewels of the Santa Fe Trail

by Marcia Will-Clifton Franklin, Missouri, Arrow Rock Ferry Landing and Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge are three jewels along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. September 1, 2021, 200 years to the day since September 1, 1821, historians, friends, descendants and visitors gathered…

Santa Fe National Historic Trail Commemorates 200 Years with Events Along the Entire 1,200-Mile Trail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail Commemorates 200 Years with Events Along the Entire 1,200-Mile Trail

The origin of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail (SFNHT) can be traced back to June 10, 1821, when William Becknell published a notice in the Missouri Intelligencer newspaper soliciting participants for a trip “to the westward for the purpose of trading for Horses &…

Historic Iron Forge Discovered on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Historic Iron Forge Discovered on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

The David Allen Iron Works site may have been critical to America’s victory in the Revolutionary War The discovery of a long-lost iron forge on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail by a grandfather and his grandsons Jonah (age 9) and Phillip Walker (age 6),…

Brown Chapel Is Awarded $1.3 Million by NPS for Restoration

Brown Chapel Is Awarded $1.3 Million by NPS for Restoration

The award is part of NPS’ $15 million African American Civil Rights Grant program Still a functioning church today, Brown Chapel stands at the Western terminus of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail as a monument to the sacrifices made by protestors to ensure…

Nearly 15,000 Acres Conserved in Montana National Forest, Protecting Miles of Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce NHTs

Nearly 15,000 Acres Conserved in Montana National Forest, Protecting Miles of Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce NHTs

Project Quick Facts: Area secured: 14,800 acres Trail preserved: 8 miles Lewis and Clark NHT; 12 miles Nez Perce NHT Funding source: Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Land manager: USDA Forest Service Cost of Acquisition: $10,800,000 A recent acquisition of 14,800 acres in western…

Utah Division of the National Pony Express Association Installs Signage Along Original Pony Express Route

Utah Division of the National Pony Express Association Installs Signage Along Original Pony Express Route

State Divisions of the National Pony Express Association are in the process of installing route marking signs as near as possible to the original route taken by Pony Express riders between 1860-61. The automotive or auto tour route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail…

Phase One of Construction Complete on Chesapeake Oyster House Project on Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT

Phase One of Construction Complete on Chesapeake Oyster House Project on Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT

by Jody Hedeman Couser, Senior VP of Communications, Chesapeake Conservancy The new riverfront park in Delaware is open to the public for recreation On a beautiful day in July, Chief Dennis Coker of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware offered a land acknowledgment as a…

Legislation Introduced to Mandate the Completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Legislation Introduced to Mandate the Completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

by Luke Fisher, Trail Policy Program Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition Standing at the top of Muddy Pass in autumn, the sweeping views of golden grasses, green pine, and yellow aspens delight with all the beauty of Colorado in the fall. Given the idyllic ridgeline…

‘Volunteer Vacations’ by the American Hiking Society Brings Volunteer Work Crews to Trails

‘Volunteer Vacations’ by the American Hiking Society Brings Volunteer Work Crews to Trails

by Ellie Place, Programs Manager, American Hiking Society This fall, a group of American Hiking Society (AHS) volunteers laced up their boots and traveled into the Tonto National Forest backcountry for a week of trail maintenance on the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZNST). These volunteers…

2021 PNTS Trail Intern: Lydia Jankowski Brings Diverse Talents to the New England NST

2021 PNTS Trail Intern: Lydia Jankowski Brings Diverse Talents to the New England NST

This column shines a light on rising leaders in public lands and outdoor recreation who participate in PNTS’ Trail Intern Grants or Trail Apprentices Program.  Trail Intern Grants are distributed to help Trails nonprofits hire interns to further their missions and expand their capacities. The…

Message from the Executive Director Fall 2021

Message from the Executive Director Fall 2021

This time last year, the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) had just relocated from Madison, Wisconsin to a virtually empty office building in Washington, DC – a building located in the downtown of the nation’s capital that would be brimming with activity but…

Meet the 2021-22 Trail Apprentice Cohort

Meet the 2021-22 Trail Apprentice Cohort

The Partnership for the National Trails System is excited to announce the 2021-22 Trail Apprentice Program cohort—it’s largest to date. The Trail Apprentice Program provides learning, peer exchange, and networking opportunities for students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 who are…

16 Trail Terms You Might Hear on Your Next Hike

16 Trail Terms You Might Hear on Your Next Hike

There are countless ways to enjoy National Trails, including running, biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, or even just picnicking and playing lawn games with friends and family. Of course, one of the most popular forms of recreation on National Trails is hiking.  While you’re enjoying a National…

The Rethink Outside™ Shared Narrative May Help Advance JEDI

The Rethink Outside™ Shared Narrative May Help Advance JEDI The Partnership for the National Trails System is excited to host our keynote speaker for the 2021 Virtual National Trails Workshop: Anupama Joshi (she/her), Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. During Rethink Outside™: Let’s…

Nominations Open for PNTS Board of Directors Thru October 4, 2021

Nominations Open for PNTS Board of Directors Thru October 4, 2021

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is currently accepting nominations for their Board of Directors (BOD) through October 4, 2021. If selected to join the Board, new members will sit for a three-year term beginning in January 2022. Who should apply / Who…

Star-Spangled Banner NHT’s ‘Roving Ranger’ Brings the Trail to You

Star-Spangled Banner NHT’s ‘Roving Ranger’ Brings the Trail to You

Trail will focus on underserved communities with their new “mobile visitors’ center”. The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (SSBNHT) is creating a mobile visitors’ center to appear at various Trail partner sites and public events throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The mobile center—made up of…

Summer 2021 Comings and Goings

Summer 2021 Comings and Goings

Announcements about new hires, appoints, and outgoing professionals at National Trail nonprofits and Federal partner agencies. We Welcome: Randy Moore, Forest Service Chief Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Randy Moore as the 20th Chief of the USDA Forest Service on June 28,…

National Trails System Council Update

2021-22 marks a year of transition for the National Trails System Council.  By John Cannella, National Program Manager, NPS National Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails Systems. As many of you know, the National Trails System Council (formerly known as the Federal Interagency Council…

Lewis & Clark NHT Junior Ranger Activity Book Engages Kids of All Ages

Lewis & Clark NHT Junior Ranger Activity Book Engages Kids of All Ages

By Caitlin Campbell, Visual Information Specialist, Lewis and Clark NHT The Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger program is now available at more than 30 locations in 13 States across the country. To earn a Junior Ranger badge, kids work on an activity book that…

National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2021 ‘America’s Most Endangered Places List’ Includes Sites on NHTs

National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2021 ‘America’s Most Endangered Places List’ Includes Sites on NHTs

By Mike Dawson, PNTS Affiliate Member The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has announced its Most Endangered Places List for 2021 and, out of 11 sites included this year, it includes important sites on two existing, and one proposed, National Historic Trails (NHTs): the…

Fire Watch on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Fire Watch on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Two brush fires on the AT within two weeks have officials and land managers on alert. On April 30, 2021, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced a 7.4 mile trail closure in Virginia near the popular hiking destinations of Dragon’s Tooth and McAfee Knob as a…

North Country Trail Association Helps Secure 242 Acres on the Minnesota-Wisconsin Border

With help from partners, NCTA preserved a mile of trail and eliminated a nearly one-mile-long road walk. Project Quick Facts:   Area secured: 242 acres Trail preserved: 1 mile Road walk removed: ¾ mile Funding partners: Pheasants Forever; Carlton County, MN; NCTA Land manager: Carlton County,…

‘America the Beautiful’ on National Trails

‘America the Beautiful’ on National Trails

National Trails and Public Lands Advocates react to the Biden Administration’s call for conservation. On May 6, 2021, a 24-page report called “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful” outlined a vision of a locally led, voluntary, nationwide effort to “conserve and restore the lands and…

Thru-Hiking Like a Warrior

Thru-Hiking Like a Warrior

“Warrior Expeditions” provide post-combat healing on National Trails. By Angie Miller, Director of Administration, Warrior Expeditions. Once an obscure bit of outdoor-industry jargon, the term “thru-hike” has become increasingly common in the American lexicon. As the demand for access to outdoor recreation continues to rise…

PNTS Expands Forums for Member Exchange

There are myriad challenges associated with working for a National Scenic or Historic Trail. But what if there was a place to workshop ideas with other trail professionals who have dealt with similar challenges? In 2017, the Volunteer Program Working Group was formed to do…

PNTS and Bell’s Brewery Encourage You to “Go Where the Trail Leads You”

PNTS and Bell’s Brewery Encourage You to “Go Where the Trail Leads You”

The co-branded awareness campaign will take place this September and October. The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is teaming up with Bell’s Brewery this September and October for a co-branded trails awareness campaign called “Go Where the Trail Leads You.” The promotional campaign…

2021 PNTS Trail Apprentice: Chase Gregory Expands Programming Career

2021 PNTS Trail Apprentice: Chase Gregory Expands Programming Career

This column shines a light on rising leaders in public lands and outdoor recreation who participate in PNTS’ Trail Intern Grants or Trail Apprentices Program. Trail Intern Grants are distributed to help Trails nonprofits hire interns to further their missions and expand their capacities. The…

Message from the Executive Director Summer 2021

Message from the Executive Director Summer 2021

When reading this issue of Pathways Across America, I noticed a refreshed and palpable energy in the National Trails System. This energy is not new, it is long nurtured by many people, including many of you reading this issue of Pathways. As we emerge from…

Federal Trail GIS Schema – Public Review Announcement

For the past two years there has been a multi-agency effort to develop a nation-wide Federal Trail GIS Schema database template. The template is finally (!) ready for a public review. The Federal Trail GIS Schema template can be utilized by all trails, including long distance National…

Registration Now Open Virtual Hike the Hill® 2021- March 8-26, 2021

Registration Now Open Virtual Hike the Hill® 2021- March 8-26, 2021

We hope you will join us March 8-26, 2021 for Virtual Hike the Hill 2021®!  Now in its 24th year, Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between the American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System to bring together the trails…

Save the Date! 2021 Virtual Hike the Hill

Save the Date! 2021 Virtual Hike the Hill

We hope you will join us March 8-26, 2021 for Virtual Hike the Hill 2021®!  Registration and tentative schedule will be available in the second week of January. Now in its 24th year, Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between the American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the…

Virtual Workshop Wraps Up

Thank you! Virtual Workshop Wraps Up More than 200 people attended, presented, sponsored, and/or supported the Partnership for the National Trails System’s first Virtual Workshop. Thank you so much for making this Workshop a success we can build on! During the workshop we heard about…

Fall National Trails Workshop – Registration Open & Detailed Schedule Available!

Fall National Trails Workshop – Registration Open & Detailed Schedule Available!

September 22, 2020 – We would like to welcome you to join us at the National Trails Virtual Fall Workshop! These are indeed challenging times along our National Trails System. With the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, so many schedules, activities, trail events, and trail projects…

Partnership’s Statement upon Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act in the House

July 22, 2020 The Partnership for the National Trails System issued the following statement from Board President Barney Scout Mann upon passage of the Great American Outdoors Act in the U.S. House of Representatives: Today’s vote to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and…

Valerie Rupp named Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System

Valerie Rupp named Executive Director of the Partnership for the National Trails System

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) has appointed Valerie C. Rupp of Baltimore, Maryland, to serve as the new Executive Director for the organization which represents 30 national scenic and historic trails. Valerie currently is Corporate & Foundation Stewardship Director for Baltimore’s People…

Fall National Trails Workshop Moves to Virtual Format

Fall National Trails Workshop Moves to Virtual Format With much careful thought and deliberation, a consensus decision was reached earlier today at the Trail Leaders Council meeting to cancel the Partnership for the National Trails System’s in-person Fall Workshop (scheduled for October 26-30, 2020 in…

The Partnership’s Statement of Solidarity

The Partnership for the National Trails System stands in solidarity with the Black community and other people of color in condemning recent injustices — especially loss of life — as well as the systemic racism that has persisted in our country for generations.  The Partnership…

Trails link people to landscapes and culture

Now more than ever we need our parks, natural areas and trails. Together we can build and improve accessibility and put the national scenic and historic trails on the map and into your home! Trails link people to landscapes and culture. During this time of…

Fall Workshop: Willingess to Travel Survey – Due June 7

From RG Absher, Chair of the Fall Workshop Committee: Friends – As you know, the Partnership’s Fall National Trails Workshop has been scheduled for October 27, 28, and 29th, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As the host organization for this event, we have been working…

Enjoy a national trail today!

Now more than ever we need our trails, natural areas and public outdoor spaces. Together we can build and improve accessibility and put the national scenic and historic trails on the map and into your home! Every day, the staff of the Partnership for the…

A breath of fresh air – the National Trails System

Now more than ever we need our trails, natural areas and public outdoor spaces. Together we can build and improve accessibility and put the national scenic and historic trails on the map and into your home! During stressful times, it is well known that a…

Trails enrich your community

Now more than ever we need our trails, natural areas and public outdoor spaces. Together we can build and improve accessibility and put the national scenic and historic trails on the map and into your home! Are you curious about the area where you live…

PNTS Letters to Congress: Trails and Economic Stimulus

Attached are letters that the Partnership for the National Trails System sent to House and Senate leadership on May 5th and March 23rd urging specific attention to trails as they work on a long-term economic stimulus and infrastructure package. Now is a good time to…

Putting trails on the map and into your home!

Now more than ever we need our trails, natural areas and public outdoor spaces. Together we can build and improve accessibility and put the national scenic and historic trails on the map and into your home! The founders of the National Trails System anticipated scenic…

Fall Workshop: Call for Presentation/Session proposals – Due May 15th

From RG Absher, Chair of the Fall Workshop Committee:  I’m excited about the prospect of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) hosting the PNTS National Trails Workshop in Spartanburg, South Carolina on October 26th – 30th, 2020. This workshop is intended to serve the interests…