The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- SPRING 1998

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National Trails Symposium will be held Nov. 13-17, 1998, in Tucson

You're Cordially Invited!

AMERICAN TRAILS, Arizona State Parks, the Arizona State Committee on Trails, and local host Pima County Parks and Recreation, invite you to attend Trails and the American Spirit, the 14th National Trails Symposium. The Symposium will bring together the best speakers, sessions, people and events in the trails world, and will feature the latest trails issues, ideas, opportunities, and technologies. American Trails' goal is to draw representation from every State, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and neighboring countries.

The National Trails Symposium is the only forum designed to serve the interests and needs ofö the entire trails community-- from land managers, users, and planners, to advocates and the outdoor industry. The 14th Symposium will further the vision of American Trails to create an outstanding system of trails across America that will connect communities with greenways, historic, cultural and recreational sites and the backcountry, and provide a wide range of social, physical, spiritual and economic benefits.

The 14th National Trails Symposium will be the most exciting and diverse Symposium ever. In addition to a cutting-edge program, the Symposium will feature the development of a National Trails Agenda for the 21st Century, a state-of-the-art exhibition hall, exciting educational field trips, National Trails Awards Program, as well as the unveiling of the new Universal Trail Access Information System.

For more information, please call AMERICAN TRAILS at (520) 632-1140 or visit the American Trails Web Site:

Royal Robbins to keynote National Trails Symposium

Join our Keynote Speaker, Royal Robbins, one of America's premier mountaineers, as he presents his journey from high-school dropout to world-class outdoor adventurer, teacher, and businessman. Along with his thrilling slide show, "40 Years of Adventure" followed by fascinating discussion, Royal shows that success is a state of mind anyone can use to climb their own mountains. He is sure to inspire attendees about the important role trails play in our lives.

Come Early or Stay Late

AMERICAN TRAILS invites you to plan your group's meeting or conference before the Symposium start time of Friday, November 13 at 6 p.m., or on Tuesday, November 17. Please call Deb Rawhouser (Bureau of Land Management), at (602) 417-9205; E-mail:

Hosting the 2000 Symposium in your state!

Contact the AMERICAN TRAILS office if you would like to receive a bid package. Deadline for submitting a proposal is August 15, 1998. The selected host state will be announced at this year's Symposium.

A good value!

Despite the Symposium's resort location and vast array of options, it won't cost an arm and a leg to attend. Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors we will be able to offer a pre-conference rate (paid in full prior to September 15, 1998) of $200 for AMERICAN TRAILS members ($225 for non-members). After September 15, 1998, the rate will be $250 for members ($275 for non-members).

We have also secured special airfare discounts and negotiated an exceptional rate of $79.00 with the Doubletree, our host hotel. In addition, there is a special governmental rate for employees of local, state, and federal governments. And, the Doubletree is renowned for the best chocolate chip cookies in the southwest!

AMERICAN TRAILS members receive $25 off Symposium registration

All AMERICAN TRAILS members receive a $25 discount. In addition, Supporting Members are entitled to a discount for three members and Patron Members may receive a discount for each of their Board members. Join today!

Become a sponsor!

Bring more visibility to your organization and programs by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor:

-- "Trail of States." AMERICAN TRAILS hopes to have every state in the U. S. represented at the Symposium. Each state will have an opportunity to highlight their trails and will have a table for their display.

-- "Trail of Advocacy." Organizations have an opportunity to highlight their trail-related organization. Each organization will have a table for their display.

Levels of Sponsorship -- $ Amount

Condor -- $ 10,000

Golden Eagle -- $ 5,000

Great Blue Heron -- $ 2,500

Red-Tailed Hawk -- $ 1,000

Roadrunner -- $ 500

Gamble's Quail (Nonprofit rate) -- $ 275

Cactus Wren "Trail of States" -- $ 200

Cardinal "Trail of Advocacy" -- $ 200

Hummingbird -- $ 100

Please contact the AMERICAN TRAILS office to receive full Sponsorship and Exhibitor's information: (520) 632-1140; Fax (520) 632-1147; E-mail:

Major sponsors for the 1998 National Trails Symposium:

-- Arizona State Parks -- Arizona State Committee on Trails

-- U.S. Dept. of Interior -- National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

-- U.S. Dept. of Interior -- Bureau of Land Management

-- U.S. Dept. of Transportation -- Federal Highway Administration

-- U.S. Dept. of Agriculture -- Forest Service

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