NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1!

NATIONAL RECREATION
TRAIL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1!

 Benefits
of NRT Designation 

THE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS (NRT) program works to
preserve and celebrate our nation’s pathways. We invite you to explore America’s
great national system of trails and greenways.

Search over 1,000
National Recreation Trails
in the online database

See the 2003 U.S. Department of Agriculture NRT Designations
page for additional trails on National Forests and Grasslands

What are the benefits of becoming a National Recreation
Trail?  

National Recreation Trails benefit from the prestige and
increased visibility of being a part of the National Trail System. New
designations are announced annually by the Secretary of Interior
as part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day the first Saturday
in June, and recognized at the National Trails Symposium. ALABAMA RECEIVED 9
NRT DESIGNATIONS IN 2010!

Other national publicity includes such events as the annual NRT Photo Contest, sponsored by American
Trails, which has attracted hundreds of entries from across the country.

Successful applicants receive a letter and certificate
signed by the Secretary of the Interior, designating their trail as an NRT.
Trail managers are entitled to use the NRT logo in appropriate settings and trail
publications. New 3.5″ x 3.5″ and 8″x 8″ NRT logo signs are now available at a nominal
cost from American Trails. For information contact American Trails at NRT@americantrails.org.

All NRTs will be included in the online
searchable database of trails
on the website at www.AmericanTrails.org/NationalRecreationTrails
which includes descriptive information, maps, and pictures for trail users.
Trail managers provide information about their NRTs for the site. Keep it up to
date by going to the Trail Update Page, or send corrections and
additions by e-mail to NRT@americantrails.org.

A web page for each state highlights Featured Trails with links to more
information. For trails without a website, we are providing a page with photos,
history, and useful facts about the project.

Other benefits include:

Access to technical
assistance from NRT Program partners

An NRT newsletter
with program updates, newsworthy activities, technical information, and
innovative solutions to trail issues from around the country. Available in PDF
format are the Spring 2003, Fall
2002
, Spring 2002, Fall
2001
, and Summer 2001 issues.

Access to an e-mail
news group for NRT managers only to receive updates on funding, resources, and
technical assistance opportunities

Access to networking
and training opportunities

Assistance with recognition
and special events highlighting the trail

Trail markers with
the NRT logo for your trail: download the order form (Word 25 kb)

Letters of support for
fundraising and trail protection efforts

Access to funding
opportunities available from the NRT Program partners; trails with NRT
designation are eligible to be considered for support from the National Park
Service Challenge Cost Share Program
, Bureau of Land Management, and
USDA Forest Service Challenge Cost Share Programs.

Some state funding
programs also consider NRT designation in allocating Recreational Trails
Program, Transportation Enhancements, and other funding administered through
the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (and the
Recreational Trails Program in Alabama awards extra points for NRT designated
trails!)

The Artful Ways
national survey of art on trails results are in the Art & Trails area and will guide
development of a new grants program supporting art on National
Recreation Trails.

State Trails funding encouraged for NRTs

The Recreational Trails Program, which provides
funding for trails to each state through the Federal Highway Administration,
provides this guidance on NRTs: “In consultation with the Department of
the Interior and the Department of Agriculture through the Federal Interagency
Council on Trails, States are encouraged to give extra project evaluation
credit to projects on National Scenic Trails, National Historic Trails
(provided the project provides a recreational purpose), and trails designated
as National Recreation Trails.”

Where do I go for more information on National
Recreation Trails?

Current information
on the program is available on the NRT website at www.AmericanTrails.org/NationalRecreationTrails.

See the list of Regional Contacts for National Recreation
Trails for the appropriate person to contact in your area

 DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE
2010 AMERICAN TRAILS NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN CHATTANOOGA! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
IT!

The American Trails National Symposium is your best
opportunity to network with the
nationwide trails community and learn state of the art trail planning,
development, and management techniques
. The Symposium addresses both
non-motorized and motorized issues and our vision for trails and greenways
nationwide. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters will join us from the
trails community across America, November 14-17, 2010.

Hosted by our friends at American Trails,
the Symposium is the largest gathering of trail enthusiasts and professionals
in the country. American Trails champions the development and care of all trails
(including rail-trails!) by fostering cooperation and communication among trail
builders, planners, advocates and users.

REGISTER TODAY!

The National Trails Symposium is an excellent opportunity
for those in the trails community to learn best practices, share experiences
and network with others from across the country. There will be educational
sessions and workshops on topics including rail-with-trail, trail safety and
patrols, trail counts and economic development, and urban trail programming. In
addition to these events, the Symposium provides you with the opportunity to:

Learn about federal
funding sources and national efforts to expand funding for trails;

Understand the
latest information available in trail construction, trail projects, new trail
products, and new technologies to incorporate into trail use;

Have an adventure on
one of the Mobile Workshops showcasing the Chattanooga area;

Enroll in one of the
Featured Workshops to receive training in a variety of issues;

Explore the
nationally known Exhibit Hall featuring the Indoor Trails and Greenways
System;

Mingle with other
trail enthusiasts at the Trails Rock Party at the Hunter
Museum of American Art.

Keynote speakers are Dayton Duncan, co-writer and
co-producer of the documentary National Parks: America’s Best Idea,
and Chris Balish, author of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save
Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Out of Life
. They will address the
Symposium’s theme, “Trails: The Green Way for America.”

We hope to see you in Chattanooga!

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