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Department of the Interior NRT application

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National Recreation Trail applications are processed on an annual cycle. For the designation to be announced for the following National Trails Day (celebrated first Saturday each June), applications to the Department of the Interior must be submitted by November 1. See more details on the Application Schedule page and the How to Apply for NRT Designation page.

arrow Go to the Online Application Process to nominate a trail for NRT designation

arrow See the Online NRT database for details on currently designated National Recreation Trails

 

Preview and Checklist for online application

This is a preview of the online NRT application process, to inform trail managers of the information and documents required. You may use this as a checklist to gather data for the online application. Basic information is entered on the database website, and supporting materials (maps, photos, etc.) in standard electronic formats can then be uploaded.

This application process is for trails on state, local, or private land, OR on federal land (outside the US Department of Agriculture). If your trail is on National Forest, National Grassland, or other land managed by the Department of Agriculture, see the USDA Application Process for NRTs.

Please note: This preview is for your own information only. All applications for NRT designation through the Department of the Interior must be made online through the Online Application Process.


UPDATING information on designated NRTs

If your trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, you can keep information current in the on line database. Updates may be made by the trail managing agency or organization responsible for management of the trail. Request access to your trail record(s) by contacting American Trails at nrt@americantrails.org. You will be emailed a password to use with your email address and trail name. The checklist below shows the data that can be updated or added to your online trail information.

To request access to your trail record, contact nrt@americantrails.org. You will be able to log in and make updates to your trail in the Online NRT Database.

 

Section 1 of 6: Trail Information

 

BASIC TRAIL INFORMATION

 

Trail Name

Trail Location

Latitude

Longitude

Directions to Trail

City(ies) / Township(s) crossed by the trail:

County(ies)

State(s)

Congressional District(s)

Short Description of Trail

Long Description of Trail


TRAIL DETAILS

Length of Trail Open to Public Use:

Other Designations

Trail Type:

 

USES AND ACTIVITIES

Allowed Uses - Check all that apply:

 

TRAIL FEATURES

Elevation

Width of Tread

Grade of Trail

Accessibility Information if available

 

PRIMARY AND ADDITIONAL SURFACE MATERIAL

Primary Trail Surface

Additional Surfaces - Check all that apply


VISITING AND FEES

Open Dates

Times of Operation

Fees - Yes or No:


 

Section 2 of 6: Contact Information

If the trail is designated as an NRT, the Trail Managing Agency or Organization will appear on the NRT certificate, along with the trail's name.

You will be given the opportunity to add additional contacts if there are multiple agencies or organizations that manage the trail. You will also designate a public information contact.

APPLICANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Trail Managing Agency or Organization

Agency Unit

Trail Manager's Name

Mailing Address

Phone and Fax

Email

Website

Designation Letter

If the trail is designated as an NRT, a letter of designation will be delivered along with the NRT Certificate to the street address of the managing agency/organization. The Trail Manager's name will be on the letter. However, if you would like a different name (e.g. department head, mayor, president of the organization, etc.) and/or address to appear on the letter, please enter the information below.


 

Section 3 of 6: Owner Consent and State Support

Directions: Upload the appropriate documents to address the following requirements if they apply to your trail:

1. All public and private property owners of trail lands or waters must give written consent to this application. (*Not required if the applicant is the sole owner of the property).

2. Trails on State, local government, or private land (anything other than Federal) must have a statement of support from the State Trails Administrator/Coordinator.

Documents must be in one of these formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx



 

Section 4 of 6: Primary Trail Photo and Primary Trail Map

Directions: In this section, please upload the appropriate documents to enable reviewers as well as the public to find the trail.

Please Note: When you upload a photo you affirm that you have secured the rights for the photo to be used for publicity and promotion of National Recreation Trails and are giving us permission to do so. This includes use on the websites of the NRT Program, American Trails, and cooperating agencies and organizations, as well as their noncommercial publications. This also includes use by Trails.com and ViewRanger in promotion of National Recreation Trails through agreements with American Trails. You retain all other rights to your photos.

The photo must be a .jpg, and will be resized to 500 pixels wide. A horizontally-oriented photo will look best.

The map must be a .pdf or .jpg



 

Section 5 of 6: Additional Supporting Materials (optional)

Directions: In this section you may upload more photos and maps, brochures, letters, or resolutions of support, and additional websites. Photographs especially help convey a sense of the trail experience, the setting, and special facilities.

Materials to be uploaded must be in one of these formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .jpg, .kml, .kmz

 


 

Section 6 of 6: Print, Sign, and Upload the Signature Page

To complete the application process you must submit a signature page.

Step 1. Download the signature page here:
http://americantrails.org/NRTDatabase/NRTSignaturePage.pdf

Step 2. Print, Sign and Scan the Signature page.

Step 3. Upload the signature page using the form on this screen of the online application screen

 


 

arrow Go to the Online Application Process to nominate a trail for NRT designation

arrow See the Online NRT database for details on currently designated National Recreation Trails

 

The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails:

National Recreation Trails Program
American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
Phone (530) 605-4395
nrt@americantrails.orgwww.AmericanTrails.org

National Recreation Trail applications are processed by both departments on an annual cycle. For the designation to be announced for the following National Trails Day (celebrated first Saturday each June), applications to DOI must be submitted by November 1 and applications to USDA must be submitted by February 15. See the Application Schedule page for current details.


Details of National Recreation Trails in different states are on line at the NRT State-by-state page and the searchable NRT database.

 

trail noteWe frequently add NRT information, photos and maps to these pages. Send suggestions and information requests to American Trails. Research additional NRTs in the NRT database. Update trail/contact information by sending us a completed update form (PDF format). You may also e-mail this information.

 

 

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