Kartchner Caverns State Park provides tours that see over 150,000 people annually and the information that rangers provide on the tours is crucial to the experience. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has been missing out on a vital part of the experience, until now.
Recreational Trail Program (RTP) funds helped Kartchner Caverns State Park create a more inclusive experience for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Three interpreters have been trained to assist in the tours from Arizona Freelance Interpreting Services. In the spring of of 2019 the program, which they call "Sign Language Saturdays" begun, and since then has served thousands of people. This is just one example of an innovative use of RTP funds, which are used all over the country, on every kind of trail, to help improve our nation's outdoors. Check out the gallery below of the Sign Language Saturday program.
Published September 14, 2020
The Coalition for Recreational Trails is pleased to announce the winners for the 2020 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds.
On October 22, 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System.
This Comprehensive Management and Use Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails is shaped, in part, by the planning requirements found in section 5(f) of the National Trails System Act. It focuses on the trails’ purpose and significance, issues and concerns related to current conditions along the trails, resource protection, visitor experience and use, and long-term administrative and management objectives. Elements of the proposed plan have been developed in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as nonprofit trails organizations — the entities that form the core of any partnership for national historic trails.