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posted Mar 15, 2017

Pam Gluck honored with Roger and Harvey Bell Award

by Pam Gluck with American Trails

The Professional Trailbuilders Association has honored Pam Gluck with its 2017 Roger and Harvey Bell Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the trails community. The award was presented at the PTBA Trailbuilders Conference in Bend, Oregon, March 15, 2017. Pam provided the following letter in her acceptance of the award.


posted Feb 1, 2017

A Tribute to David Burwell

by Chuck Flink with Greenways Inc.

David Burwell was a cofounder of the Rails to Trails Conservancy and one of the most influential champions for trails and greenways. He later established the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse and founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project.


posted Jul 14, 2016

Gudy Gaskill, the Mother of the Colorado Trail

by American Trails Staff

Gudy is credited with being the Mother of The Colorado Trail, now 567 miles between Denver and Durango.


posted Sep 8, 2015

Tom Neenan

by American Trails Staff

Tom was instrumental in founding the non-profit Iowa Trails Council in 1984. He made the first application for acquisition of an abandoned rail bed in Iowa and continued to negotiate, acquire, and establish trails for many years.


posted Aug 8, 2015

Remembering Deb Hubsmith

by American Trails Staff

Deb Hubsmith founded and guided the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for nearly 10 years. She started as a grassroots advocate and co-led the development of Marin County, California’s Safe Routes pilot program.


posted Nov 4, 2014

Trails for All People

How can trail groups, local governments, and land trusts responsibly plan, develop, and operate trails that are accessible by all people, including those with limited mobility? What are best management practices? What is legally required? When is universal accessibility not appropriate?


posted Sep 28, 2014

The Heartbeat of a Community

by American Trails Staff

American Trails Supports Turtle Bay’s Efforts to become Self Sustaining


posted Jul 1, 2014

Study Cites Health Benefits of Urban River Parkways

by American Trails Staff

Urban river parkways may particularly benefit health in urban environments where access to open spaces is limited and adverse health effects such as obesity and depression are prevalent.


posted May 21, 2014

Susan “Butch” Henley - American Hiking Society Staffer and Trail Supporter

by American Trails Staff

Always known by her trail name after through-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1978, Butch served both on the board and staff of the American Hiking Society. For many years she was a familiar participant in initiatives and committees supporting policies and funding for trails.


posted May 3, 2014

James L. Oberstar - Congressman and Advocate for Trails and Bicycling

by American Trails Staff

Congressman Jim Oberstar was a supporter of the Recreational Trails Program and a sponsor of the transportation bills which included funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs as well as trails.


posted Sep 28, 2013

When Greenways Go Brown

by American Trails Staff

When flood PLAIN turns into flood WAY, trails are in trouble.


posted Jul 21, 2013

How Trails Benefit the Environment

by American Trails Staff

Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development.