National Trails Day: A 20-year tradition of ‘trailgating’

From National Park Service

Milestones are a great way to measure how far worthwhile projects have come. This past June 2, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National Trails Day — 20 years of hiking, biking, walking, paddling, riding, and taking care of trails. At Conservation + Recreation, we are really proud of our partnership with American Hiking Society that has created better access to and excitement about trails. Perhaps this year, to celebrate, you could get out on one of the recently announced National Recreation Trails.

If you can’t get out but want to still celebrate trails, you can do it virtually by checking out our just-launched tool River Stories, an innovative, web-based storytelling format that engages people in understanding, enjoying, and conserving water trails. Developed through a partnership among American Rivers, the NPS, and many local partners, viewers can take a virtual trip down a waterway to explore its natural, recreational, historical, and scenic values. Our new National Water Trail, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Water Trail, is featured — check out to see if there’s a river near you worth exploring!

As we know, trails don’t magically appear for our use. Trails require planning, maintenance, and the dedication of a community to keep them alive. Read about one dedicated trail advocate and NPS partner, Roger Osario, in this month’s tip of the hat. If you’re inspired to jump in, we offer helpful tools for trail planning and maintenance; keep a lookout on our Facebook for the latest tools, like an upcoming American Trail’s webinar on sustainable trail management.

Here at Conservation + Recreation, we want to encourage people to talk about trails, and why they are important. Feel free to head over to our Facebook page to tell us why trails are personally important to you or your community.

From the June 13-19, 2012, issue

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