October 2018

 Our roads are in bad shape... Why spend money on trails?

There is a huge amount of evidence that trails add value to properties and significantly increase tourism spending that roads just do not have.
Magazine Feature
50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act
October is the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Explore trail history in this article from our summer issue of the American Trails Magazine.
NRT Featured Trail
 Mount Umunhun National Recreation Trail, California
The Mount Umunhum Trail passes through chaparral, under pine and oak woodlands, and over the headwaters of Guadalupe Creek.
A look ahead with American Trails: what we want for the future
As American Trails celebrates 30 years of service, we're looking towards the future of trails as well the goals of our organization.
Eleven National Recreation Trails to visit this October
October is the official month for all things spooky. For trail enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to visit these sinisterly named National Recreation Trails.
R esources and Training

 November webinar will focus on winter trails and adapting to climate change
In partnership with the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), the American Trails November 15 webinar, “Managing Winter Trails: Increasing Opportunities and Adapting to Climate Change,” will touch on the universal issues of adapting to climate change and building resiliency in operations, but also consider specific geographic factors such as snow type and regional winter recreation culture.

E ngage Your Elected Officials! The Importance of Political Leadership.
As we approach election season, it's the perfect chance to check out our free webinar from July that discusses successful tactics and strategies employed to establish funding mechanisms and innovative policy initiatives that support the development of trail networks demanded by constituents.

San Jose Trail Network Toolkit Planning and Design
The City of San Jose shares their common principles for planning and design of a 400-mile trail system. 

American Trails website resources
Check out our volunteer portal for the latest available volunteer opportunities, and our training calendar for upcoming conferences and events.
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Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: Pannier Graphics
Pannier manufactures a full range of fiberglass signage, panels, bases, and frames ideal for trail maps, Interpretative panels, wayfinding signage, trail markers, and more. Learn more in the American Trails Online Business Directory...
International Trails Symposium News
Register by December 1 for early 2018 discount
We have launched registration and our brand new self-published mobile app! View the agenda, sessions, speakers, workshops, and mor e! Register early and save!

15% exhibitor/sponsor discount ends November 1
Exhibitors and sponsors can receive a substantial discount through November 1, as well as choose their booth location in the order their contract and payment is received. View the current sponsors and available booths, download the sponsor contract, and learn more online.

Call for award nominations available
American Trails presents the National and International Trails Award Program. Nominate your favorite organizations, volunteers, and professionals for their efforts to improve the trails industry. The deadline for nominations is
December 3.