November 2019
Evidence of Many Varieties of Economic Benefits Linked to Trails

Trails and greenways impact our economy through tourism, events, urban redevelopment, community improvement, property values, health care costs, jobs and investment, and general consumer spending.

Ramps for Accessible Trails and Shared-Use Pathways

Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails. See examples used in specific trail situations.
Enter the 2019 National Recreation Trails (NRT) Photo Contest Before the Dec.15 Deadline
Our annual contest provides awards in several categories and shows off entries and previous winners on the NRT website. 
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Highlights

These are two recent highlights from Alabama and West Virginia showing how RTP funds are being used for more and better trails and trail infrastructure.
Florida’s Growing Trail Town Program
To recognize Florida’s trail towns, the Office of Greenways and Trails developed the Florida Trail Town program in 2018.
R esources and Training

December 5 Webinar Discusses Utilizing Conservation Corps for Transportation & Recreation Projects
Corps are embedded in their communities and serve as cost-effective, common-sense partners that show up ready to work, manage their own crews, and help increase your staff capacity. Learn how you can engage the next generation of diverse trail, transportation, and recreation professionals in your next project. Register today...

FREE JEDI Webinar Recordings – 2 Part Series
Part 1 discussed the what and why of JEDI and Part 2 provided JEDI strategies for your organization, leaving you with a map that can help you identify priorities for your organization. This webinar is hosted by the Partnership for the National Trail System, the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails. Download the recordings today…

San Jose, California has Released their 2019 Trail Count
San Jose has released their 13th annual Trail Count, a report which helps them study trail use in the area and determine how they are meeting the needs of their trail users. Read more...

Safe Encounters with Horses on Shared-Use Trails
American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.

Yellowjackets on the Trail
This first hand account from American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich is a great reminder about why you need to be prepared for yellowjackets on the trail. Read more...

American Trails Website Resources
Check out our training calendar for upcoming conferences and events.

Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company
R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company designs and manufactures the Pilot Rock brand of park, street, and campsite products. Learn more about this company…
TRAILSNext   Talks

TRAILSNext   Series Presented by American Trails

The  TRAILSNext™   Series brings you cutting edge information from leading experts in the trails world on today’s hottest trail topics. These high energy 18-minute presentations were recorded to be made available to folks who were unable to attend this year's International Trails Symposium.

Each month we will be featuring one of these talks in our eNews, and you can purchase the entire series on our website at this   link.

This month we are sharing with you " Can I Sell You a Trail " by presenter Greg Kern.

While a majority of people favor the development of trails in their community, there are others who hold a contrary view - that trails may bring unwanted presence, crime, and other negative factors to their backyards. A critical component of the planning and early development of a mixed-use trail is understanding these concerns, and addressing them in an interactive and respectful manner.
Support American Trails! Purchase a Trail Boss Mug as a Gift or for Yourself
Our TRAIL BOSS mugs are perfect for camping, backpacking, and so much more! Buy one for yourself or as a gift for your trail friends or family. Purchase one today…

Members Save 10% on Books and Merchandise in Online Store
Have you taken advantage of the 10% discount as a member in our online store? Enter MEMBER10 to save 10% by clicking on “promo code” on the shopping cart page. Shop today…

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Help the trails industry connect their projects to the best businesses – including yours! View the advertising options and get your banner ads listed on relevant articles online. Say you saw this ad in the e-news and save an extra 10%! Browse the Business Directory today...