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Support Trail Funding by May 16th

As any trail enthusiast knows, funding is a continuing issue. Last year a collaboration between many trails organizations, including American Trails, was very successful in creating a unified voice for trail focused funding, and the result was many funding requests being met. We hope to repeat that success this year! Please read the message below from the organizers of this years letter campaign, and sign today to support trail funding!  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fiscal year 2019 appropriations is in full swing. As we did last year American Hiking society (AHS), The Partnership for National Trails System (PNTS), Backcountry Horsemen of America...

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Breaking Down the Silos

By Mike Passo Executive Director, American Trails I have had two great epiphanies in my life, and both of them were thanks to trails. The first epiphany came as a result of a mountain biking accident I had in June of 1991. I was working at a wonderful YMCA camp in Northern Wisconsin, and some friends and I had decided to sneak in a quick mountain bike ride before our night time duties. I had to turn around early to get back to my cabin, and on the way back to camp I went over a berm too fast,...

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American Trails Hikes the Hill

American Trails participated in the largest ever Hike the Hill®, which brought 123 hikers and trail organization representatives to Washington, D.C. to advocate before Congress and the federal government for trails and public lands. American Trails joined the American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) for a week of action and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Events and meetings honored the achievements of this landmark law and called on Congress and federal agencies to complete the National Scenic and Historic Trails System and other trails and to fully fund the programs that provide...

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What is a National Recreation Trail?

Dick Westfall of Illinois State Parks provides details on the the 25 National Recreation Trails in Illinois. From ancient waterways to old rail lines, National Recreation Trails are all about moving outdoor experiences. These routes offer visitors a range of outdoor settings— cypress swamps, prairies, woodlands, lakeshores and more. What do the Lower Cache River Trail, where you can quietly canoe through a primeval swamp, the Great River Trail, where you can bike through pleasant river towns along the mighty Mississippi, and the Moraine Hills State Park trail system, where you can see deer and other wildlife just a...

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Looking back with Roger Bell

After 20 years Roger Bell is stepping down from the American Trails Board Having been on the American Trails Board, serving in various leadership roles for nearly 20 years, it feels like I’m leaving a part of my family. But with my 80th birthday this year, it was time. And I won’t be going away totally. Bob Searns (who was such an outstanding AT Board President and a great friend) and I will go onto the Advisory Board and Bob has ideas about making that group more relevant. Also, I’m very interested in the Emerging Leaders project, which has...

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