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Help the trails community demonstrate its ability to put America back to work and deliver the benefits of trails to all communities.
American Trails and our Trails Move People partners need your input to demonstrate the immense impact that trails and trail projects can have on the economic recovery following the COVID-19 epidemic. As Congress, states, philanthropists, and others invest in economic stimulus and infrastructure projects, it is important that trails are included. This is why we need you.
American Trails, in collaboration with our partners in the trails community, is working to quantify the amount, diversity, and location of “shovel-ready” trail projects across the country. We need this information to effectively advocate for inclusion of trails in the federal economic response to COVID-19. The information you provide will help to mobilize trail projects, put trail workers on the ground, and sustain rural and urban economies through transportation and recreation infrastructure investments.
Managers, either professional or volunteer, of “shovel-ready” trail projects. “Shovel-ready" trail projects are projects that, if funding is available and working conditions are safe, could be providing jobs by the summer of 2021. A project can be "shovel-ready" in any phase of development (e.g., acquisition/ROW, planning, design, construction, maintenance), as long as jobs would be created before summer 2021 if the project were funded now. Prior to completing the survey, it may be helpful to take a moment now and gather the information you will need to respond to the following questions about your "shovel-ready" trail projects. This information includes:
American Trails has partnered with the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Department at Penn State to ensure that all responses are anonymous and confidential.Results of this survey will be reported only at the aggregate level according to key geographic areas and project characteristics that are relevant to decisionmakers and funders at the national and state levels.
If you are a trail project manager of one or more “shovel-ready” projects, we strongly encourage you to provide information on your project(s). Without it, we will not be able to demonstrate the full power of trails to put people back to work and help America recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions about the survey or American Trails’ efforts to advocate on behalf of the trails community, please email Mike Passo.
Published May 14, 2020
This February and March, over 120 advocates virtually hiked the halls of Congress to call for action to protect and expand access for all to public lands and trails. These efforts, led by the Partnership for the National Trails System and American Hiking Society, developed a series of common messages and legislative priorities for the coming Federal fiscal year. We encourage all of our partners to download the Hike the Hill materials now to help build a common agenda for the entire trails community.
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These recommendations have been jointly developed for Hike the Hill regarding FFY 2022 asks and justifications for Federal agency budgets affecting trails and outdoor recreation opportunities.