March 2020
Unifying the Trails Community

By recognizing the common goals that all trail user types share, and fighting for those goals together, it is possible to create a real and positive impact on the trails world.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding Program
 These program funds are provided to trail and stewardship organizations to improve trail maintenance on the National Forest System Trail System.  Apply for Trail Partner Program Funding by March 30!
A Motorized Advocate Explores the Common Ground Between All Trail Users
Mathew Giltner, who has worked in the trails world for decades to enhance off-highway vehicle recreation, shares his insights on cooperation and more.
National Recreation Trail (NRT) Highlight
Th e McTrail National Recreation Trail, Marion County, West Virginia runs 2.2 miles from Fairmont to Prickett’s Fort State Park.
The Lafitte Greenway Corridor in New Orleans, Louisiana was once a utility corridor, and is now a shared-use recreational and transportation trail route.
R esources and Training

FREE March Webinar: Trails Move People: Articulating the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of the Trails Community
In partnership with NOHVCC, this webinar is FREE to the public, thanks to a generous sponsorship from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Recreational Trails Program, and the Federal Highway Administration. Register today...

Know What's Underground for Safe Trail Work
Trail building and installing sign posts can lead to accidental damage to buried pipelines and cables. Read more...

Trail Tools: Digging and Tamping Tools
These are the most commonly used digging and tamping tools with tips on using them safely and effectively. Read more...

Browse Our Recorded Webinars
The American Trails Advancing Trails Webinars focus on very specific trail topics and usually include one to five presenters skilled on the topic. Webinar recordings available for purchase and immediate download in our online store; most include a closed caption transcript and resources pdf with valuable links and presenter contact information. View the recorded webinars available for download...

Search 1,000+ Trail Businesses for Your Next Trail Project
Visit the new and improved American Trails Online Business Directory where over 1,000 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.

Featured Trail Job
The Partnership for the National Trails System, the only nationwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the extraordinary value of America’s National Scenic and Historic Trails, seeks their next Executive Director. Learn more here...

Featured Volunteer Opportunity
Back Country Horsemen of Californi a is seeking volunteers for the 2020 Trails and Wilderness Rendezvous. Join them March 27-29, 2020 in Red Bluff, California. This year's theme, "Working Together on Trails" follows the tradition of outdoor enthusiasts gathering together to keep trails open for all. Learn more here...

Submit Volunteer Opportunities
Check out our other volunteer opportunities here . If you have an opportunity for us to post, please email trailhead@americantrails.org .
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...
Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: Nordic Manufacturing Ltd.
Nordic Manufacturing Ltd. Manufactures the Singletrack Cat— a utility motorcycle designed to increase the productivity of individuals that maintain or build narrow width trails. Learn more about this company…

First Time Advertisers Save 10%
New advertisers can save 10%, on top of additional discounts for being a member and having multiple ads. Opportunities include our monthly Trail Tracks e-Newsletter, Advancing Trails Webinar Series, Online Business Directory, and more. View the advertising options...
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 " Trail Connections " by presenter Liz Smith.

Africatown, located in Mobile, Alabama, represents what is left of the community settled by Tarkbar captives brought to the United States from Africa by slave ship (The Clotilda), known as the last Slave Ship to arrive in the USA. By establishing the Africatown Connections Blueway, descendants of the original founders of Africatown, seek to re-connect their neighbors to the surrounding waterways from which they have been separated. Of primary importance is to preserve and make available the international historical significance of Africatown to communities across Alabama, the United States, and the entire world in hopes of contributing to the healing process from the sadness that stems from long lost ties to Africa.