Friday, April 3, 2020

Free Webinar: Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices From Backcountry to Urban Edge Settings

AmericanTrails.org

FREE WEBINAR!

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Rhino Marking & Protection Systems, this webinar is free to the public!

Title: Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices from Backcountry to Urban Edge Settings
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 10:00am-11:30am Pacific (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern) 


Webinar Details 

This webinar is a continuation of the webinar from August 2019 titled Equestrian Trail Design for Urban Shared Use Trails.

The presenters will review best practices for trail design planning, construction, and management in undeveloped natural areas and connecting to urban edge settings. The webinar will include trailhead development, urban to wildland transition design, and equestrian trail features to provide best sustainability and lowest impact.
 
Learn more about the webinar, learning objectives, and presenters here. 
 
Webinar Presenters
• Matthew Woodson, President and Founder, Okanogan Trail Construction
• Justin Azevedo, Director of Landscape Architecture & Planning, Coffman Studio
• Holley Groshek, Executive Director, Equine Land Conservation Resource
• Randy Rasmussen, Director of Public Lands and Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America
 

Webinar Questions

Feel free to send your questions to the presenters prior to the webinar as we have saved time for questions and answers (Q&A) at the end.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Riding Arizona’s Superstition Wilderness

Traimeister.com - Watch the video

by Robert Eversole
December 18, 2018

Riding Arizona’s Superstition Wilderness with the Back Country Horsemen

Arizona is a fabulous place in general and the horse friendly trails on the Superstition wilderness are especially wonderful. I rode here with the Back Country Horsemen not too long ago. It was a great time. They took me to ancient Indian ruins, showed me how the desert blooms in winter and summer, took me over some incredible country on solid mounts, told a few tall tales, and explained how they help keep these trails open to horse use.

For more information on the First Water Trailhead visit https://www.trailmeister.com/trails/first-water-trailhead/

Watch the video here:
https://youtu.be/OPcnCnLNbY4

Monday, March 16, 2020

Oregon: Salmonberry Trail receives funding toward 86-mile plan


Tillamookheadlightherald.com - Full Article

SalmonberryTrail.org Mar 2, 2020 Updated Mar 10, 2020

The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) and Tillamook County recently announced they have granted additional financial support needed to complete the remaining master planning for segments of the Salmonberry Trail, described as Oregon’s most ambitious rail-to-trail project.

The WCVA and Tillamook County each awarded $175,000, the combined total of which - $350,000 - will help finance the master planning of the 18.6-mile canyon segment and the 15.3-mile river segment of the Salmonberry Trail, which are the remaining two of the four total segments of the 86-mile trail. Master planning on the coastal section was completed in 2017, and the valley section (from Banks to the top of the Coast Range) in 2018...

Read more here:
https://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/news/salmonberry-trail-receives-funding-toward--mile-plan/article_fe7aa45e-58f8-11ea-9a46-6f4d92c9d5a8.html

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

New Zealand: Petition to get horses on Hauraki Rail Trail receives wide reaching support

Stuff.co.nz - Full Article

Sharnae Hope
15:39, Feb 24 2020

A petition to have horses on the Hauraki Rail Trail has now amassed more than 700 signatures.

Its creator, Te Aroha West local Leanne Richardson said receiving an "overwhelming" amount of supporters speaks volumes.

"We are well and truly over 700 and it just keeps on climbing. They [the signatures] are from everywhere and everyone's supporting it," Richardson said.

Launched in December 2019, the petition is for horse riders to have access to the Hauraki Rail Trail as well as cyclists and walkers...

Read more here:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/119130273/petition-to-get-horses-on-hauraki-rail-trail-receives-wide-reaching-support

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Free Webinar: Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices

AmericanTrails.org

From Backcountry to Urban Edge Settings

Best practices for trail design planning, construction, and management in undeveloped natural areas and connecting to urban edge settings.

Presented by:

Matthew Woodson, President and Founder, Okanogan Trail Construction
Justin Azevedo, Director of Landscape Architecture & Planning, Coffman Studio
Holley Groshek, Executive Director, Equine Land Conservation Resource
Randy Rasmussen, Director of Public Lands and Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America

Event Details
April 16, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

Cost:

FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

(learning credits are a $15 fee)

To register for this live event, see
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6629382618476136972

Friday, February 21, 2020

Florida: Experience Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge by horseback

Sun-Sentinel.com - full article

By CINDY KENT
SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL |
FEB 19, 2020

For the first time, you can experience the landscape of the Florida Everglades at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on horseback.

Since Feb 12, approximately 36 miles of trails have opened to riders who will share multi-use trails with hikers, bicyclists, pet walkers, and vehicles.

No horses will be available to rent.

Authorities suggest a visit to the Boynton Beach refuge before you bring your horse...

Read more here:
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/boynton-beach/fl-ne-loxahatchee-refuge-trails-horseback-riders-20200220-csmk4llws5fd3dfvhkjhgcenqi-story.html

Immediate Action Needed by All Trail Enthusiasts!

AmericanTrails.org

Contact your U.S. representative now to support the Recreational Trails Program. H.R. 5797 will dramatically improve the RTP; co-sponsors urgently needed

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the national trails assistance program that aids all trail activities nationwide through use of federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes.

by American Trails Staff

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the national trails assistance program that aids all trail activities nationwide through use of federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes.

A huge step occurred late last year when the Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop a timely estimate of the fuel tax generated through non-highway recreational activities in its FY2020 budget and included RTP reauthorization in key Senate legislation creating the next-gen surface transportation program. Now, action in the House of Representatives is underway and underscores the bipartisan and coast-to- coast support RTP enjoys in the Congress.

US Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), John Curtis (R-UT), Angie Craig (D-MN), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Chris Stewart (R- UT) introduced the Recreational Trails Full Funding Act of 2020 (HR 5797) that will more than double funding for the RTP and make other important changes. HR 5797 will:

● require completion of the nonhighway recreational fuel use study at least every five years and reports to Congress on the results;
● increase RTP funding to $250 million annually – from $84 million currently – or to the new estimated amount from the mandated studies;

● establish new reporting standards for projects completed with RTP funds to provide increased transparency;
● simplify and increase funding of administration of RTP by FHWA; and
● re-establish the original formula for apportionment of RTP funds to the states.

Since 1991, RTP has provided funding to states to develop and maintain outdoor recreational trails, allowing millions of Americans and their families to enjoy activities such as hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and 4-wheel driving. More than 25,000 key projects have been completed in all states and the District of Columbia and benefit not only the recreational trail enthusiasts paying the taxes but all trail activities.

The successes of RTP are easier to understand than ever through CRT’s new website at www.rectrails.org which includes a copy of HR 5797, new infographics explaining the RTP program and links to key data, including information about completed projects in each state.

CRT’s Board of Directors now asks each trail enthusiast organization, recreation industry association and trail advocates to take these actions now:

Use your print and electronic communications channels to share news of HR 5797 and other recent Congressional actions which would continue and expand the RTP, providing safe and healthy trail opportunities for all Americans. Send copies of your stories to CRT at CRTLeadership@rectrails.org.

Retweet the great tweet by US Representatives Welch and Curtis at https://twitter.com/PeterWelch...

Write to express thanks to HR 5797’s cosponsors for being RTP Champions:

The Hon. Peter Welch The Hon. John Curtis The Hon. Angie Craig The Hon. Annie Kuster The Hon. Mike Simpson The Hon. Chris Stewart

See the attached CRT letter, with its impressive list of supporting national organizations.

Use this address: The Hon. xxx, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515

Contact your own U.S. Representative and those Members with strong relations to your organization and ask them to cosponsor HR 5797, the Recreational Trails Full Funding Act. Ask your Senators to support the similar Senate bill, S. 1527. Interested Members in the House should contact Alex Piper (Welch) at Alex.Piper@mail.house.gov or Jake Bornstein (Curtis) at Jake.Bornstein@mail.house.gov.

Check the CRT website at least weekly for updates: www.rectrails.org.

Example Letter

United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representatives:
The nation’s recreational trails community strongly supports HR 5797, strengthening and extending the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). We deeply appreciate your national leadership efforts on this important issue. This legislation would ensure that the remarkable successes of the RTP since its 1991 creation will continue and provide safe, enjoyable trails and access to the Great Outdoors for millions of Americans. The measure requires a Nonhighway Recreational Fuel Study, better reporting of RTP projects and increased funding.

RTP is a partner-based program uniting federal/state/local agencies, enthusiasts and the recreation industry and is unique in its support of trail maintenance. More than 25,000 projects and programs have been completed, contributing to our economy, to our health and safety, and to greater access to our public lands.
Co-signed organizations:

Adventure Cycling Association
American Council of Snowmobile Associations
American Hiking Society
American Horse Council
American Motorcyclist Association
American Trails
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
Back Country Horsemen of America
Bikes Belong
BlueRibbon Coalition
Conservation Legacy
The Corps Network
Equine Land Conservation Resource
International Association of Snowmobile Administrators
International Mountain Bicycling Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Association of State Park Directors
National Association of State Trail Administrators
National Park Hospitality Association
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
National Recreation and Park Association
National Wildlife Federation
Off-Road Business Association
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
People for Bikes
Professional Trail Builders Association
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
SnowSports Industries America
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Sports and Fitness Association
The Student Conservation Association
Tread Lightly!
United Four Wheel Drive Associations

More info at:
https://www.americantrails.org/resources/immediate-action-needed-by-all-trail-enthusiasts