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Trail Tracks e-Newsletter
August 2007

American Trails is the World's largest online resource for planning, building, managing, and supporting trails and greenways.

Dear Trails Supporter,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Trail Tracks, the monthly e-newsletter from American Trails. In each issue you can expect information on the latest news and issues in the trails world, as well as information on training, education, and new resources on the American Trails website.

We hope you find this newsletter informative!

In This Issue

ACTION ALERTS
Comment on accessible trails guidelines
14th Annual National Public Lands Day ~ September 29, 2007
Stay current with the latest news, legislation and action alerts

WHAT'S HOT
California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
American Trails’ Online Trails Forum
Submit your entries for the National Recreation Trails Photo Contest

FEATURES
1000th National Recreation Trail dedicated on National Trails Day
40 new National Recreation Trails dedicated
Coalition for Recreational Trails announces Annual Achievement Awards
Cinderella Comes of Age: Trails in Private Developments
GEEKs in the Woods
Read more articles, studies and resources

TRAINING
Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative offers new workshops
FHWA releases University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Check the online calendar of trainings
Checklist and Brainstorming Guide for Trails Training
American Trails offers trainings

NEW RESOURCES
American Trails’ Expanded Section: Products and Services for Trails
New Publication: Pathways
American Trails’ new book review section
Accessible trail problems and solutions
Art and Trails

QUICK LINKS


ACTION ALERTS

Accessible trails guidelines ~ Comment period now open

“Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” has been published. This is your chance to review and comment on accessible trails guidelines for federal lands and eventually, all trails. Guidelines for accessible trails will be included in proposed rules for Federal agencies. This is another step in the process to establish clear requirements for building trails to accessible standards. The "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" is based on the guidelines developed for the Access Board in 1999.

June 20, 2007 – “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” published in the Federal Register.

September 6, 2007 – Public hearing in Washington, DC: Madison Hotel, 1177 Fifteenth Street, N.W., 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

October 18, 2007 – Deadline for public comment on the proposed guidelines.

Read full text of the proposal…

September 29, 2007 will be the 14th Annual National Public Lands Day

Find out how to join in the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Read more…

Stay Current

For the latest news, legislation, action alerts, opportunities, job announcements, and more, visit the American Trails Website.

 

WHAT'S HOT

California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism adopted the California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights for the purpose of recommending a fundamental list of experiences that every child in California would benefit from experiencing, before entering high school. Read more…

American Trails’ Trails Forum

Post your questions and join in the discussion on the Trails Forum. Read more…

American Trails’ National Recreation Trails Photo Contest

American Trails is sponsoring the 2007 contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country. Our annual contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries (and previous winners) on the NRT website. The goal is to highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. The deadline for entries is October 31, 2007. Read more…

FEATURES

1000th National Recreation Trail dedicated on National Trails Day

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett announced the 1000th National Recreation Trail on June 2, 2007, at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and dedicated it to one of the refuge's former managers, Rich Guadagno, who was killed on September 11, 2001, aboard United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Read more…

New National Recreation Trails designated for 2007

Interior Secretary Kempthorne designates 40 new National Recreation Trails in 22 states. Read more…

Coalition for Recreational Trails announces Annual Achievement Awards

Winners of the awards for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds were announced by CRT to recognize great trail projects that show why federal funding is crucial for America's nationwide system of trails. Read more…

Cinderella Comes of Age: Trails in Private Developments

Developers find that trails bring financial advantages, health benefits to residents, environmental protection, and attractiveness to buyers. By Roger Bell, Vice-Chair American Trails Board and President, Bellfree Contractors. Read more…

“GEEKs in the Woods”

Read Josh Morrison’s, “GEEKs in the Woods,” letter he read at the National Recreation Forum in DC in April. Josh Morrison, a 15-year old student at White Plains High School in Calhoun County, Alabama, noticed that his generation had lost touch with the natural world. In response to that disturbing trend and inspired by Richard Louv's book "Last Child in the Woods" and his mother, Renee Morrison, an educator for the Jacksonville State University Field Schools, Josh created a group called "GEEKs in the Woods." Now, Joshua and his friends are reaching out to their generation and promoting nature through outdoor experiences and the group's website at www.geeksinthewoods.org. Read more…

Read more articles, studies, and resources…

TRAINING & EDUCATION

Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI)

Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative offers new workshops on several topics which are available to states and organizations who want to bring training closer to home. Read more…

FHWA releases University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released its University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, which is designed to help prepare the next generation of professionals meet the challenges necessary to create healthy, sustainable, and livable communities. Read more…

Check the Online Calendar of Trainings

The Online Calendar of courses, conferences, and educational events is brought to you by the National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP). Here are a few highlights:

August 8-10, 2007 ~ TrailLink 2007 - Portland, OR. International Trails and Greenways Conference sponsored by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Also featuring a one day Successful Trail-Building Strategies Workshop. Read more…

August 22, 2007 ~ Risk and Trails Workshop - Santa Barbara, CA. Contact Doug Wyseman at dwyseman@rogers.com. Read more…

August 27-30, 2007 ~ ProBike/ProWalk Florida Conference – Orlando, FL. Read more…

September 7-11, 2007 ~ 11th Conference on National Scenic and Historic Trails - Duluth, MN. Read more…

September 10-14, 2007 ~ Trail Management: Plans, Projects and People - Shepherdstown, WV. Read more…

September 13-17, 2007 ~ New Brunswick Trails Conference - Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Read more…

September 28-29, 2007 ~ Parks and Trails New York Statewide Conference - Rochester, NY. Read more…

October 4-6, 2007 ~ Arizona State Trails Conference - Prescott, AZ. Read more…

October 25-27, 2007 ~ 4th Missouri Trail Summit: Crossroads of the Midwest - Kirkwood, MO. Read more…

December 9-12, 2007 ~ Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference - Chicago, IL. Sponsored by eight midwestern states featuring educational sessions and mobile workshops; an excellent opportunity for all those involved in trails and greenways to share their experiences, learn from each other and continue connecting our trails and greenways. Read more…

2008

November 15-18, 2008 ~ American Trails’ 19th National Trails Symposium – Little Rock, AR. Read more…

A Checklist and Brainstorming Guide for Trails Training

This checklist is designed to be used as a quick guide to looking at training in your State or region. It may be used as a tool for brainstorming, turned into a questionnaire, or built into a work plan to improve statewide training. Many of the ideas in this document came from the experiences of the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI). This project was developed by American Trails, in cooperation with the National Trails Training Partnership and COTI. Read more…

American Trails offers Trainings:

To find more trainings, visit the Online Calendar.

NEW RESOURCES

American Trails’ Expanded Section: Products and Services for Trails

Looking for trail-related services and products? Check out our business Supporters and Patrons in our Products and Services Directory!
If you’re looking for anything from trail consultants or contractors to trail signs, restrooms, bridges or mapping systems, our Directory is the place to check out. We really want to recognize and thank our members for their generous support so we are now offering this new benefit on the American Trails website. If you’re in the market for trail products or interested in highlighting your company on our website, check out the Products and Services Directory for more information.

New Publication

New publication: "Pathways – how they are important, how they sell homes, how to build them" by Teton Valley Trails and Pathways. Download document…

American Trails’ new Book Review Section

New area on our website: reviews of books and other publications about trails, greenways, outdoor recreation, planning, and livable communities. Submit your reviews to Stuart Macdonald at mactrail@aol.com. Read more…

Accessible trail problems and solutions

Photos by Don Beers of California State Parks. Read more…

Art and Trails

New photo galleries of art and sculpture along trails atCool Trail Solutions. Read more…

Read more articles, studies, and resources…

QUICK LINKS

Send news and calendar items to trailhead@americantrails.org.

 

 


Cool Trail Solutions:
view galleries of
trail projects
, enhancements,
and facilities to give you ideas and see how others solved typical trails and greenways problems.

 


The 19th National Trails Symposium will be held in Little Rock Nov. 15-18, 2008. Join us in Arkansas for the future of trails!

 

New Opportunity for Members of American Trails: Highlight your business through the American Trails website!

 

 

 

 

Do you need training? Do you have training opportunities you'd like to publicize? Are you a trails expert who can teach trail skills to others? The National Trails Training Partnership wants to work with you to make training more available.

Trail Tracks e-Newsletter
August 2007