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SPRING 2007 edition 40 pages see articles below

News from American Trails:

Legislation affecting trails:

  • Few States' RTP programs are affected by FY 07 rescission
  • LWCF State Assistance advocacy ramped up
  • HIPAA Act addresses concern about recreational liability
  • Funding increase needed for the RTCA Program

Recognition and promotion of trails and greenways

Advocacy for trails

Stewardship and education

Planning and developing trail systems

Accessible trails and outdoor recreation

Reviews of books and other publications

People and ideas

Here are just some of the topics available for discussion or posting your information:

• Research and new ideas • Trailbuilding: Construction and Design • Accessible Trails and ADA • Facilities and Structures from bridges, boardwalks and tunnels to bicycle and pedestrian facilities • Land Acquisition & Corridor Preservation • Trail Management and Maintenance • Funding • Safety and Liability • Trails Training • Trail Activities: Bicycling, Equestrian, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Off Highway Vehicles, and Winter Recreation • National Recreation Trails • State Trails Information

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Funding trail assessments with state resources

States may use Recreational Trails Program funds for a variety of trail-related training, education, and trail assessments for improving accessibility. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States for recreational trails and trail-related projects. States may use RTP funds to do trail assessments, such as Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) assessments, and to provide education and training.

Here is an excerpt from the draft 2006 Revised Recreational Trails Program Guidance relating to Trail Assessments:

Category F: Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance, authorizes specific projects to assess trails to determine the level of accessibility for people who have disabilities, to develop programs to provide trail access information, and to assess trails for current or future maintenance needs.

A State may provide funds for trail assessments through:

- Hiring professional trailbuilders or assessors.

- Hiring professionals to provide on-the-job training for others to do trail assessments, such as youth conservation or service corps participants, State or local staff, or volunteers.

If you are interested in being trained in the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) or in hosting a "Building Better Trails and Accessibility Workshop," please contact the American Trails office at (530) 547-2060. or

Your articles and studies can find a home in cyberspace

Help us build the largest online library of trail-related resources! Your article, study, thesis, and project description may be exactly what another trail supporter is looking for. The Resources & Library” section at is categorized by topic and is easily searchable. We can use text documents or PDFs. We can also link to your web page if it’s already online.

Send any electronic materials you’d like to make available to the nationwide trails community, or links to your documents, to

All Trails Lead to... Mid-America

December 9-12, 2007, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

While it's true that not all trails lead to Mid-America, a surprising number of national, regional, state and local trails pass through or are within the eight-state region, creating a growing network tying together people and places. In the same way, the 3rd Mid American Trails & Greenways creates an excellent opportunity for all those involved in trails and greenways to share our experiences, learn from each other and continue connecting our trails and greenways.

Sponsored by eight Mid America states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky, and supported by a host of national, state, regional and local trail agencies and organizations, the conference will feature interactive educational sessions and exciting mobile workshops bringing together the best presenters from Mid America and the nation. An update on the state of trails and greenways in Mid America will be followed by informative sessions that will look at trail and greenway development and operations, and building active communities, as it relates to the urban, suburban and rural environments. Additional sessions will explore the development of sustainable trails, the regional trails and greenways network, watertrails, winter trails and more.

Three post-conference workshops on the development of active, healthy communities, designing and building sustainable trails, and a introduction to trail and greenway development, operations and management will provide the opportunity to further explore and share ideas.

An exhibit area with more than forty exhibitors displaying their products and services will be a part of this event! Also in the exhibit area will be a mapping area where conference participants will be able to help create a vision for an interconnected trails and greenways network across Mid America

The Renaissance Hotel is located in the heart of downtown on the Chicago River allowing easy access to the Chicago's world-class lakefront, museums, nightlife and shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

More information: or call (312) 427-4256.

Save the Date: TrailLink 2007

August 8–10, 2007, Portland, Oregon Come to TrailLink 2007 to learn how to make your community a leader in the active transportation movement. Strengthen your case for increasing investment in trails, biking and walking in your community with cutting edge research and examples of the mobility, public health, economic, climate and community benefits of active transportation systems. Registration is now open! Visit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s website at for more information.

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The American Trails Magazine is the only nationwide publilcation covering the needs of all trail users, planners, managers, agencies, and activists. American Trails Magazine includes articles on current events, funding ideas and grants programs, legislation in Congress, new technology, trail and greenway planning, tools for advocacy, trail benefits and economic impacts, accessible trails, environmental issues, training opportunities, news from the federal agencies, state trail programs, publications and resources, and training opportunities.

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