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FALL 2001 TRAIL TRACKS NEWSLETTER

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We wish to dedicate this issue of Trail Tracks to the victims of the September 11th tragedy and to all those who are working for peace and the pursuit of freedom throughout the world.

Trail Tracks (ISSN 1082-8303) is the newsletter of American Trails for news, legislation, funding, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management.on trails and greenways. The American Trails Magazine is our current publication sent free with American Trails membership.

News and Opinions

National Trails Symposium, November 10-13, 2002, Orlando, FL:

Recognition for America's great trails:

New Initiatives

Funding for trails and greenways

Economic benefits of trails and tourism

People and projects in the news

Funding ideas for trails from across America

Get creative! That's the advice that successful trails activists invariably give. Finding funds for trails and conservation projects is a creative challenge. Here are some successful examples of trail and greenway funding from across the nation.

Coffee lovers can support Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado simply by visiting their local Starbucks Coffee Shop. Starbucks has created a limited-edition "enjoy Colorado" coffee tumbler and will donate a portion of the proceeds to VOC. Information: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, (303) 715-1010.

The American Discovery Trail received a grant of $12,000 from the Coleman Company, maker of outdoor recreation products. Contact: American Discovery Trail Society (800) 663-2387 or adtsociety@aol.com.

In Colorado, Bob Ramsay honored his late wife, Kay Ramsay by donating a 177-acre property to Larimer County Open Space Program: a $325,000 gift. But he also wanted to see that an outstanding trail was built for visitors to learn more about nature and experience the magnificent scenery.

So Bob also donated $121,000 to build trails, including a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk along the lake and wetlands. And finally, Bob spent his own time in helping construct the trails, and learned what most of us already know— trail building is no easy task!

The Continental Divide Trail Alliance received $1,500 from Mountains & Rivers, an outdoor retail store in Albuquerque, from the proceeds of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. This is the third consecutive year the store has hosted the event and made CDTA the beneficiary.

CDTA also received a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation after meeting a challenge of raising $1 million for trail work in Colorado. Gates awarded the funds on the basis of CDTA's Ten Year Strategic Plan to complete over 50 trail projects.

More than a thousand volunteer trailworkers will receive free heavy-duty work gloves thanks to a new alliance between eBay and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. eBay, the world's online marketplace, has joined IMBA as a corporate member and paid for a shipment of custom work gloves to help support and reward volunteer trailworkers.

The Access Fund uses membership dollars to fund projects that preserve or enhance climbing opportunities and conserve the climbing environment. Grants approved for the fourth funding cycle in 2001 totaled $29,339 and were distributed to support five separate projects organized by local climbing organizations, public agencies, and land trusts. Overall, the Access Fund provided project funding for 20 projects in 2001 totaling $70,250.

The Newton, Iowa, School District agreed to have a public trail on 50 acres it purchased adjacent to its high school. The district will also provide $75,000 for the construction of the school's portion of the Newton Community Campus Hike and Bike Trail.

National Endowment funds trail arts project

The Underground Railroad National Millennium Trail and the Buckeye Trail State Millennium Trail are pleased to announce that they have received a $9,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant was awarded through the NEA's Arts Projects on Millennium Trails for publication of a statewide map illustrating the 1300-mile Buckeye Trail and key Underground Railroad sites located on or near the trail. The grant will also help plan Underground Railroad interpretive activities for the annual Ohio Trails Expo to be held at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio in May 2002. Matching funds are being provided by the Buckeye Trails Association, the Friends of Freedom Society and the Ohio Arts Council.

New Patron Members help support American Trails

International Mountain Bicycling Association

The International Mountain Bicycling Association has been bringing out the best in mountain biking since 1988. We promote responsible riding, volunteer trail work and partnerships that link trail users and land managers.

We focus on developing innovative trail construction techniques and reducing trail user conflict. We work to make sure that trail enthusiasts everywhere enjoy appealing trails close to home. Visit www.imba.com to learn more about our many projects, our 450 affiliated clubs and the volunteer contributions of our 32,000 individual members.

IMBA is a proud supporter of American Trails.

For more information on the International Mountain Bicycling Association, call the membership hotline at (888) 442-4622 or visit www.IMBA.com.

Delaware Trails Program DNREC

Delaware's trails system was begun by the CCC at a time when trails were considered just nature walks in state parks. Today, the Trail Program in the Delaware State Parks agency oversees 140 miles of trails within 22,000 acres. The Program's focus is on redefining and refining a trail system that causes the least impact to the environment while requiring minimal maintenance. This means building new trails and relocating or eliminating others using terrain analysis with GIS technology and field work (yes, we have hills and valleys). Entering our second year of serious trail planning and construction, we now have one full time Trail Planner and a seasonal Trail Crew. This is a new beginning for Delaware State Parks, which is celebrating 50 years in 2001.

For more information on Delaware's trails and parks visit www.destateparks.com.

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Trail TracksTrail Tracks is the only nationwide newsletter covering the needs of all trail users, planners, managers, agencies, and activists. Trail Tracks 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, events, and conferences.

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