Adopt-A-Trail Handbook

Trail volunteers provide a valuable service to themselves, their fellow trail users and to the NRGTA. As the miles of trails available has grown in recent years and continue to grow, funding for trail staff has not.

by Mountain State Trail Alliance

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The Mountain State Trail Alliance (MSTA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of the area by building and maintaining a regional trail system, and increasing economic development through tourism.

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