February 2019
2018 National Recreation Trails Photo Contest Winners!

Since we began the NRT Photo Contest in 2003, we've seen a great variety of trails captured by photographers around the nation. 2018 is no exception. We received 136 new images of National Recreation Trails and the winners range from an urban trail in Puerto Rico to an off-road trail in Montana. As always, the photos show the love we have for these NRTs and how they improve our quality of life.

Featured National Recreation Trail
Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail, Delaware

The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail is a year round accessible paved pathway in Delaware.
Featured Recreational Trails Project
 Utah Avalanche Center

The state of Utah has used innovative programming to keep their citizens safe from avalanche dangers.
Black History Month - How Trails and Black History Intersect
February is Black History Month, and a perfect time to shine a light on some well known, and some lesser known, ways in which African Americans have helped shape our nation's trail and park history.
Meet the 2019 Emerging Trail Leaders
The Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Trail Leaders Scholarship Program for 2019 will bring 16 young adults, ages 21-28 to the International Trails Symposium (ITS) and Training Institute.
R esources and Training

February webinar answers the question Now That e-Bikes Are On Trails, What Do We Know?
Our February 28 webinar is a continuation of the 2017 webinar on e-bike access and management , designed to highlight "what we know" about e-bike use on paved, soft surface, and singletrack trails.

March webinar explores trail towns and economic development
Join us for our March 21 webinar that will take an in depth look at trail towns through programs in Kentucky and Michigan. Learn how community partners work to implement economic development, recreation and quality of life planning through Trail Towns.

Volunteer guide to trail protection
As we forge ahead building new trails each year, particularly on private land, how will we make sure the trail and the surrounding area are enjoyed into future generations?

American Trails website resources
Check out our volunteer portal for the latest available volunteer opportunities, and our training calendar for upcoming conferences and events.

Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: E.T. Techtonics
E.T. Techtonics’ prefabricated, fiberglass bridges are designed to be aesthetically pleasing in your landscape, and easy to install in remote bridge sites. They supply fiberglass pedestrian bridges to national, state, and local park systems nationwide, as well as to commercial and private clients. Learn more about this company in the American Trails Online Business Directory...
International Trails Symposium News
Early 2019 registration discount ends March 1
This is your last chance to save up to $75 to attend the 2019 ITS. View the view the full agenda, sessions, speakers, fees, floor plans, and more here .

Register for the FREE trail maintenance workshop (space is limited)
One of the free offsite workshops includes the Independent Stewardship for Trails: A Basic Course for Trail Adopters that teaches the basic trail maintenance to volunteers. Learn more about this workshop here (click on Sunday).

Explore the Adirondack Mountains in an overnight trip pre-ITS
This two-day mobile workshop (Saturday to Sunday, April 27-28) provides participants with the opportunity to paddle eight miles on Lower Saranac Lake and the waters of the Upper Saranac River. Learn more about this workshop here (click on Saturday).

Volunteer at ITS 2019 and get a free TRAIL BOSS shirt!
Additional benefits for volunteers include admission to concurrent sessions the day(s) volunteered, complimentary snacks and drinks in the volunteer lounge area, free ticket to the Trails Rock Party Monday night, as well as free parking at the convention center.