Trail Tracks e-Newsletter
March 2010

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In This Issue

20th AMERICAN TRAILS NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: November 14-17, 2010 ~ Chattanooga, TN

ALERTS

NEWS

FEATURES

TRAINING & EDUCATION

NEW RESOURCES

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20th AMERICAN TRAILS NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: November 14-17, 2010 ~ Chattanooga, TN

Call for proposals for programs and presentations

To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the American Trails National Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium’s theme: “Trails: The Green Way for America.” We expect to offer 80 concurrent sessions, each lasting 75 minutes. Proposals are due by April 9, 2010. View the Symposium’s theme and learn how to submit a proposal for the Symposium…

Nominations are open for the National Trails Awards

American Trails will honor outstanding efforts made by agencies, trail professionals, the private sector, corporations, media, and others at the American Trails National Symposium in Chattanooga, TN. Nomination forms are available online. See award categories for 2010, download the nomination form, and see photos and details of the 2008 winners…

Developer Recognition Award focuses on community trail systems

In addition to the National Trails Awards, American Trails also recognizes quality, well-designed multi-use trail systems that are integrated into private developments to encourage active lifestyles, reduce reliance on automobiles, connect the development to other public and private pathways and destinations, and preserve and promote natural areas. Download the 2010 Developer Recognition Award criteria and application (pdf 100 kb) and view photos and details of the 2008 Developer Recognition Award winners…

Exhibitors: save 15% on your contract until March 31

Exhibitors can save 15% if they send in their contracts by March 31, 2010. Benefits of coming in early as an exhibitor include choosing a booth location in the order your contract is received (some exceptions may apply) and being linked immediately to our sponsors’ web page. See extensive details of exhibitor levels and benefits…

Sponsorship opportunities for the American Trails National Symposium

Being a sponsor of the 20th American Trails National Symposium is your best opportunity to network with the nationwide trails community and maximize your visibility and message. Sponsorship opportunities are available for an event or Symposium item. We expect to sell out, so get in early for the best recognition opportunities! Please support our Symposium Sponsors and learn about sponsorship opportunities...

Art along the Tennessee Riverway in Chattanooga: photo gallery

Chattanooga, Tennessee has an extensive system of urban trails and greenways. Trails in the downtown area are enhanced by a variety of art and sculptural pieces. We’ll feature the Tennessee Riverway during the American Trails National Symposium. See the photo gallery of trail-side sculptures and art pieces…

 

ALERTS

Get involved ~ support nationwide efforts to fund and protect trails & greenways

American Trails “SUPPORTING TRAILS” pages include economic stimulus opportunities, bills in Congress, news of federal agency and outdoor recreation budgets, and the next phase of Highway Trust Fund programs which funds the Recreational Trails Program, Transportation Enhancements, and others important to trails. These pages provide the facts on current issues and debates and the ongoing efforts of American Trails to continue its 20 years of support for positive policies and funding for trails and greenways. Please join our efforts to document the value of trails and bicycle/pedestrian facilities as transportation infrastructure, and be an active and positive voice in the reauthorization process, economic stimulus proposals, and Federal land management agency budgets. We continuously add news and action items to these pages. Check back often and forward this link on through your networks…  

Active Community Transportation Act of 2010 ~ support needed!

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR) introduced H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act of 2010 in the House on March 3rd. The bill calls for the creation of an active transportation fund, authorized at $2 billion over five years, to fund community investment in walking and bicycling networks to shift short driving trips to active transportation. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy wants you to encourage your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor this very important legislation now! Click here to take action on the RTC site…  

Coalition for Recreational Trails Awards seeks RTP-funded projects

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) seeks nominations for the 2010 Achievement Awards. Each year trails making outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds are recognized. The Coalition for Recreational Trails is a federation of national and regional organizations that support funding through the RTP, which is administered by the Federal Highway Administration through all 50 states. The 2010 Award Nomination form is available online. Read about the 2009 winners and learn about these outstanding trail projects...

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) needs your help!

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is looking for champions in Congress to support the Recreational Trails Program and to ensure it is reauthorized, along with increased funding, in the next transportation bill! American Trails serves on the Coalition. Please let us know if you have a potential champion in mind...

Bring recognition to your Recreational Trails Program-funded trails!

We can’t afford for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) to be thought of as a non-essential program. One of the best things you can do to bring attention to trails, and their many benefits, is to hold an American Hiking Society National Trails Day event on June 5th and get your Congress members out on your Recreational Trails Program-funded trails. You’ll want to make sure they get a lot of press and recognition for supporting this program! Support the Recreational Trails Program…

Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. The program is co-sponsored by the American Planning Association. Many TE and RTP projects should perform well against the criteria for judging nominations, which include innovation, livability/sustainability, community involvement, partnerships, and intermodalism. Deadline for online application is March 15, 2010...


 

NEWS

Transportation Funding Authorization extended ~ again

SAFETEA-LU expired on September 30, 2009. Extension #4 is extended through March 28, 2010. Surface Transportation Authorization discussions continue. Read more...

Key word in federal transportation funding is "livability"

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that the proposed $79 billion fiscal year 2011 budget for the Department of Transportation includes continued investments in transportation infrastructure and livable communities, among other agency priorities. Read more... 

Winners announced in the American Trails Website Contest

American Trails continues our annual contest to seek out the best websites in the cyber world of trails and greenways. Our goal is to recognize the diversity of the trails community, including urban trails and bikeways, greenways, wilderness hiking trails, motorized routes, and winter trails. Nonprofit, government, and commercial sites may all be considered for awards. See links to the winners and dozens of websites entered in the contest…

 

FEATURES

Hackensack River Greenway is a peaceful riparian corridor in New Jersey

Situated within densely populated northeastern New Jersey, the Hackensack River Greenway is a recently designated National Recreation Trail. While it is anchored by three parks, the Greenway’s pedestrian walkway and nature trail extend 3.5 miles through a variety of publicly and privately held properties. Read about activities, interpretation, and volunteers on the Greenway…

A model “Friends” group: caring for Oscar Scherer State Park trail system

The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park work beside park management to enhance a cultural and natural resource that is a “must see” destination for visitors. They have donated time and money for the conservation of the Florida scrub-jay and its habitat, and also have implemented the construction of a nature center. The Friends have designed and built canoe docks, bridges, and other structures in the park, and they have created one of the finest barrier-free nature trails in the country. Read more about Friends of Oscar Scherer Park…

The ultimate partnership: Gardner Junction Park celebrates historic trail sites

Former Santa Fe Trail Association President Hal Jackson had the idea to build a trailhead park at what is commonly called Gardner Junction. The junction, located just west of Gardner, Kansas was built at one of the most significant historic trail junctures anywhere in the United States. Built adjacent to the site where the Santa Fe Trail splits off from the Oregon and California National Historic Trails, this park commemorates the site where perhaps as many as 500,000 traders, trappers, missionaries, land seekers, gold rushers, and others passed through on their way to create the American West. Read more about the partnership and its accomplishments…

Big Sandy Bridge Team includes National Guard and volunteers

The final section of a long awaited recreational trail system near Millerton Lake State Recreation Area was lifted into place by a California Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. In setting three bridge sections into place over the rugged Big Sandy Creek drainage, the helicopter finished an 11-year partnership with dozens of volunteers, government agencies, and a caravan of mules to complete an 18-mile trail system through the Sierra foothills. Read the article and see photos of the project…

American Trails launches new website area in remembrance of trails advocates

We have gathered our memorials for trails advocates, and created a new index page. We feel it is important to remember the people who have made a contribution to our country's legacy of trails, greenways, and open spaces. If you feel that a person who has been a key contributor to trails and a better America should be honored in this area of the American Trails website, please contact us. See the new In Memoriam page with links to details and photos of our heroes…

Read more articles, studies, and resources…

 

TRAINING & EDUCATION

Host workshops on key trails topics in 2010 with American Trails

Educational workshops offered by American Trails are available for your agency or nonprofit organization to host locally. Each workshop can be coordinated with a state trails conference or other training event, held as a single event, or held as a series in different locations. Learn about workshops available from American Trails…

Dozens of educational sessions featured at American Trails National Symposium

The Symposium provides your best opportunity to learn essential techniques for planning, designing, constructing, and managing trails. The whole spectrum of the trails world is covered, from urban bikeways to wilderness pathways, and both non-motorized and motorized activities. This year’s theme is “Trails: The Green Way for America,” highlighting the benefit of trails to America’s economy and environment. Online registration for the Symposium begins May 1, 2010. Read more about the Symposium…

National Trails Training Partnership: your link to training and education

American Trails is working with agencies and organizations across America to promote trail-related training. The National Trails Training Partnership is an effort by trails advocates to improve opportunities for training for the nationwide trails community. The goal of the Partnership is to work with agencies and trails organizations that are involved in education to make training more available. See more resources for training and education…

NOHVCC creates videos to help riders protect trails

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council has created a Public Land Advocacy Video Workshop series to give riders the skills they’ll need to keep trails open in their areas. Topics include who the enthusiasts are, planning a trail system, writing effective comments, and moving forward from route designation. The series consists of 14 sessions ranging from 15 to 30 minutes each. The content is based on NOHVCC’s successful onsite workshop sessions with NOHVCC topic experts. See details on how to order the free videos…

8-80 Cities presents the first annual Ciclovia Study Tour in Guadalajara, Mexico

8-80 Cities in partnership with Guadalajara 2020 and the World Health Organization is hosting the first annual Ciclovia Study Tour March 12-15, 2010. This four-day program will take place in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico and will showcase their highly successful and world-class Car Free Sunday program, “Via Recreativa.” The program designed for this tour is a unique combination of workshops, presentations, and hands on participation. This event is part of the World Health Organization’s celebration of this year’s World Health Day. Read more…

Online Training Calendar covers classes and conferences for 2010

We already have over 140 listings of 2010 workshops, seminars, and important conferences, all related to trails and organizational development. Opportunities abound for volunteers and professionals working to develop trails of all kinds. See details on these and many more training sessions, and be sure to let us know if you are sponsoring a trail-related training. See the Online Training Calendar…

2010:

  • March 11-14, 2010 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilding School: Lake Meredith NRA, TX
  • March 11-14, 2010 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilding School: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • March 12-15, 2010 — Ciclovia Study Tour: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • March 16-18, 2010 — National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation: Washington, D.C.
  • March 18-21, 2010 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilding School: Kansas City, MO
  • March 20, 2010 — Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer Course: San Jose, CA
  • March 25-28, 2010 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilding School: Conway, SC
  • March 26-28, 2010 — Florida Trail Days & 2010 Annual Conference: Haines City, FL
  • March 27-28, 2010 — Stone Cutting, Splitting, and Shaping - New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: Bear Mountain State Park, NJ
  • March 29 - April 2, 2010 — Trail Management: Plans, Projects, and People: San Rafael, CA
  • April 2-3, 2010 — Colorado Mountain Bike Summit: Salida, CO
  • April 3, 2010 — Basic Rock Moving - New York-New Jersey Trail Conference: Bear Mountain State Park, NJ
  • Nov. 14-17, 2010 — 20th American Trails National Symposium: Chattanooga, TN - Read more...

 

NEW RESOURCES

Valuing the economic and health benefits of bicycling in Wisconsin

This study estimates the economic impact of bicycle recreation and tourism in Wisconsin to be $924,211,000, and the total potential value of health benefits from reducing short car trips and increasing bicycle trips to total $409,944,167. The results of this study demonstrate that bicycling has the potential to contribute substantially to the health and economic well-being of Wisconsin citizens. Read findings and policy recommendations from the study…

Trail JOBS! New positions and opportunities are rolling in

We are adding new employment opportunities several times a week. Find both permanent and seasonal jobs with state and federal agencies, conservation corps, trail organizations, and community park departments. Check out current listings on our online JOBS page…


Examples of signs stating rules for trail use at access points and trailheads

Our new “Cool Trail Solutions” gallery provides photos of signs that teach or remind users what is expected of them. Signs may cajole, plead, explain, or threaten the user entering a park or trail. Trails and parks have many variations in what is allowed, so it is important to state clearly what is essential. Signs can also encourage more responsibility on the part of the user, such as taking away trash and being aware of other users. See photos and project examples…

New Columbus Bikeways Master Plan guides new programs and facilities

With the popularity of the city’s bikeways, an increased interest in leading healthy lifestyles, growing concern for the environment, and the need for sustainable economic development, the Columbus Bikeways Master Plan will guide the development of a world-class transportation system that features bicycling and walking. The plan includes many initiatives and program goals. See details and maps…

“Damage Prevention” helps trail builders be safer when they dig

Damage Prevention Professional Magazine is a new quarterly publication dedicated to protecting buried infrastructure and helping contractors, trail builders, and park managers dig safely. See a recent issue of the magazine…

Read more articles, studies, and resources…

JOIN THE AMERICAN TRAILS NETWORK

Help American Trails fight for funding and support for trails

Start the year out right by joining American Trails to help us advocate for trails and greenways of every kind. With your help, we can increase funding for trails, keep more trails open, and improve the health and well-being of Americans of all ages and abilities. Please help us continue to serve you and the trails community by enlisting a new member or renewing your own membership today. Give the gift that makes a difference ~ an American Trails membership…

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Trail Tracks e-Newsletter
March 2010