20th American Trails National Symposium

Welcome Trails Enthusiasts!
Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ November 14-17, 2010

Chattanooga: a walkable and bike-friendly city, with a historic downtown, local markets and eateries, and community revitalization projects that have made the city a model "eco town" and tourist destination.

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Hey Friends ~ meet us in Chattanooga!


Chattanooga is a city with a great story of American initiative and reinvention! We know you'll enjoy seeing for yourself how trails and greenways can make a community as well as a region a better place. One of the goals of the National Trails Symposium is to highlight the accomplishments of communities around the country-- and not just the few biggest or most familiar places. Our goal is to recognize the thousands of people all across America that are working to make their cities, towns, and neighborhoods better places.

In hosting the National Trails Awards, American Trails shines the spotlight on some of the volunteers, as well as companies and agencies that are making a difference in our lives. But we're also looking beyond the traditional trail tread to the larger meaning of trails— a way to connect communities and to create support for public land everywhere. And in all the seriousness of purpose we want to help all Americans remember that trails are fun!

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All this is in support of what we feel is the vital theme in our world today— how to live in the present to create a better future. Our Symposium theme is "Trails: The Green Way for America." We're looking forward to great presentations and discussion on how we can work together, both for better trails and for a better world.

And finally, an important goal of the Symposium is bringing people together. Since its beginning, American Trails has taken on a difficult role— finding the common ground that all trails interests share. American Trails welcomes your ideas as we join with people from many "walks of life," both in the trails world and beyond. What we all share is a vision that the many kinds of trails are a vital part of our future— and not just a "greener" tomorrow but a healthier future.

On behalf of the American Trails Board, we invite you to Chattanooga!

Bob Searns
Chair, American Trails Board


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