Tags: National Trails System

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…

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…

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…

2020 Reflection: Teresa Martinez – CDTC

by Teresa Martinez, Executive Director – Continental Divide Trail Coalition As I write this, I am watching a cold front break across the upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico.  The sun is shining bright and there are deep blue skies. The invisible wind is…

2020 Reflection: Judy Bittner – IHTA

by Judy Bittner, President – Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance The big event on the Iditarod NHT that brings national and international attention to the Trail takes place the first two weeks in March – the 1,000 mile Iditarod Dog Sled Race.   Awareness of the…

2020 Reflections: Elena Medaras – IATA

by Elena Medaras, Communications Support Specialist – Ice Age Trail Alliance One year ago, I was a National Trails System newbie. My investment in National Trails – like any hobby, passion, or even obsession – began with simple curiosity. Equipped with enthusiasm for outdoor recreation…

Pathways: COVID-19

When we made our plans for 2020, focusing on the challenges that lay before us, no one could have predicted that the greatest challenge of all would be operating in the midst of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Covid-19 spread across the world and reached into…

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…

John Cannella selected as NPS National Trails and Rivers Systems program manager

Adapted from an October 14, 2020 email from Bob Ratcliffe, Division Chief, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs, National Park Service John Cannella has been selected as the National Park Service’s new National Trails and Rivers Systems program manager! Many of you know and have worked…

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…