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Apr 22, 2021

Effective Programs to Improve Access and Use of Trails for Youth from Under-Resourced Communities

This webinar will identify trail studies and existing programs that may effectively promote and increase the use of trails among youth, especially those from under-resourced neighborhoods or communities.


published Oct 2005

Why Are Good Trails Important?

The Ontario Trails Strategy is a long-term plan that establishes strategic directions for planning, managing, promoting and using trails in Ontario.


published Sep 2000

Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life

‚ÄčAre trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?


Sep 9, 2021

Trails are Common Ground

This webinar will dive into the goals and future of this new national initiative, invite broad participation, and identify how you and your organizations/agencies can build the momentum.


published Dec 2008

The Business of Trails: A Compilation of Economic Benefits

by Terry Eastin with Mississippi River Trail, Inc.

An analysis of studies and research on the economic benefits of trails: tourism, events, healthcare savings, and community development.


Jun 10, 2021

Understanding the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program

Learn about the benefits to designating your trail(s) as an NRT, the history of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program, the process for trails to become NRTs, the role of NRT Ambassadors, and more.


Aug 19, 2021

Understanding National Water Trails: From Application to Designation

This webinar will dive in deeper on the process for trails to become designated National Water Trails, which are a subset of the National Recreation Trails.


published Oct 2020

Teaching Kids to be Great Trail Stewards

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trails are an important resource, but sadly we are increasingly seeing trails abused by littering and vandalism. American Trails has created a packet to teach kids to be great trail stewards so the next generation of trail lovers can help lead the way towards better care for our trails.


published Jan 2007

The Impact of Aging Populations on Outdoor Recreation

New Report Says Longer Healthy Life Expectancy Multiplies Seniors Competing in Sports and Keeping Fit.


published Mar 2010

Physical Activity Facilities Have Economic as Well as Health Benefits

Not only do open spaces, recreation areas, and walkable neighborhoods strongly influence how active people are, they provide fiscal benefits to municipal governments as well as nearby residential property values.


Jun 2, 2020

Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Revitalize Rural Economies

Together rural communities, land managers, agencies, and counties are creating a vision to leverage the power of outdoor recreation to strengthen main street revitalization, contributing to stewardship of public lands and creating new opportunities for prosperity.


Jun 30, 2020

Sustainable Advantage: Outdoor Recreation and Rural Community Development in California

This webinar will summarize the main findings from multiple interviews on the dynamics with state and local stakeholders in government, business, and nonprofit who work in rural communities on outdoor recreation.