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*** How much will your state get for funding local trail projects in 2003? The federal Recreational Trails Program provides funds to all 50 states for trail, greenway, and motorized recreation projects. For information on how the program is working in your state, check your state agency's website from our State Trails Program Contacts page.
*** Twenty-six new National Recreation Trails were designated by Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and National Park Service Director Fran Mainella for 2003. For more on the program see the National Recreation Trails website, hosted by American Trails.
*** The first American Trails Website Contest winners for 2002 have been announced. Browse over 70 trail-related websits which have been nominated for awards in a variety of categories. We'll be taking nominations this fall for the 2002 website contest.
*** When will we see a final rule for trails, beaches, campgrounds, and picnic areas under the Americans with Disabilities Act? See the news on proposed regulations and other information on accessible trails. A concise explanation of the proposed accessibility guidelines for trails is also available.
*** Recreation advocates are debating various ways to protect public land while allowing for recreation. The Federal Land Management area has several recent articles includeing An overview of recreation alternatives to designated Wilderness.
*** Have you checked out our CALENDAR listing state and national conferences, training opportunities, important trail events, and trail group meetings? Send your trail-related news and events to: email@example.com
*** Please check your links and bookmarks to be sure you are using our website address: www.AmericanTrails.org. The old link to www.outdoorlink.com/amtrails is no longer being updated.
*** Want to contact the President or your Members of Congress in the Senate and House of Representatives? See the listing of addresses and website links for Congress.
*** We are adding Canadian links to trails, greenways, and rail trails. There is a lot of new information for Ontario Trails, and if you have other suggestions for trails and greenways in Canada, please let us know at MacTrail@aol.com
*** The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), a federation of national and regional trail-related groups, presented its annual Achievement Awards to seven trail programs and projects for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds.
*** Information on the National Trails Symposium, which was held November 10-13, 2002 in central Florida, is available.
*** A Report on State Trail Project funding through the Recreational Trails Program, 1992-1999, has been released by the Coalition for Recreational Trails. Includes tables of funding in all states and an analysis of types of trails uses on these projects.
*** We are adding news about pending rails to trails projects, and links to local rail trail groups on the state trail pages. See "America's Trails State by State" and select the state you're interested in.
*** We now have a complete set of links to every web site supporting the National Scenic and Historic Trails, and several other long distance trails. Direct links to twenty important trail sites!
*** An area on our site covers the issue of Wildlife and Trails. It includes a link to Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind: a Handbook for Trail Planners from Colorado's State Trails Program and other information and articles.