May 2020
How COVID-19 is Affecting the Trails Community

Recently American Trails conducted a survey of the trails industry to find out how this pandemic has impacted trail projects, funding, volunteer work, and more. We also talked to trail users and medical professionals to get their perspective on what they would like to see from the outdoor recreation industry in response to COVID-19.

 With no new National Recreation Trails (NRTs) designated in 2019, and the deadline for 2020 National Trails Day fast approaching, we are encouraging Secretary Bernhardt to uphold this tradition of honoring and celebrating our nation's trails and designating new NRTs. Please read and share our open letter.
Hawaiian Island Trail Bridge Re-Opens Trail to Remote Community
The 3-mile long Kalaupapa Trail is the only trail access point in and out of the remote community of Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. When a land-slide took out an old aluminum bridge, cutting off this access point, park officials loo ked to a fiberglass reinforced polymer bridge for its light weight, corrosion resistance, and design flexibility. (Sponsored content)
Action Alert: National Survey of Shovel-Ready Trail Projects
Help the trails community demonstrate its ability to put America back to work and deliver the benefits of trails to all communities.
Submit Your Trail Infrastructure Projects for CARES Act Funding
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020, provides the Economic Development Administration with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to strengthen communities.
Trail Survey Library
Thank you to those who have submitted survey examples to help build our survey library! If you would like to submit a survey please send it to taylor@americantrails.org . View our current survey library here ...
R esources and Training

Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind
A trail’s area of influence should be planned and managed as an integral part of the trail. This influence zone should provide recreationists with meaningful interactions with nature, without infringing on sensitive habitat. Read more...

Get the Right Gear for Summer Trails
With summer coming up fast now is the time to make sure you are prepared for the trail. Here are some suggestions from the American Trails staff on gear we love. Read more…

Ramps for Accessible Trails and Shared-Use Pathways
Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails. Read more...

Search 1,100+ T rail Businesses for Your Next Trail Project
Visit the new and improved American Trails Online Business Directory where over 1,100 businesses and organizations have been included, and more are being added weekly. Browse by category, recommend a business to add, or add your own business with free and paid options. Search the online business directory...

American Trails Website Resources
Check out our training calendar for upcoming conferences and events. You can also find volunteer opportunities here . If you have an opportunity for us to post, please email trailhead@americantrails.org .
The National Trails System: An Illustrated History Book
This book richly describes how the National Trails System was established by federal law in 1968. Now available for purchase in the American Trails Online Store. Purchase your copy today…
Seeking Learning Credits?
American Trails offers learning credits for our Advancing Trails Webinar Series, our International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, and other trail-related conferences, workshops, and webinars. Learn more...
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Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: Zeager Bros., Inc.
Zeager Bros offers a Bonded WoodCarpet which is a poured-in-place wood fiber that’s accessible but also natural. Learn more about this company…

Featured Trail Job: Executive Director - New England Mountain Bike Association
The  ideal candidate is an active mountain biker, with a passion for all things mountain biking: growing the sport, the industry, the culture, and creating mountain bike friendly communities. Learn more here...
Advancing Trails Webinar Series
Webinar Line-Up (Some are FREE!)
Check out our webinars taking place in May and June in the American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series . All webinars are recorded, include a closed caption transcript, and offer learning credits.

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Sponsor an American Trails Webinar to Reach 600+ Attendees
American Trails is hosting additional webinars over the next several months to bring trainings to many who are stuck at home during COVID-19. The last few webinars American Trails held brought in 600+ attendees per webinar. Sponsor a webinar as a partner for $250 or make a webinar free to the public for $3,000 (not including any possible discounts). View the fluid webinar schedule for 2020 here and look for SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE which is highlighted for available webinars. Email Candace Gallagher to start promoting your organization today…