• 24 Feb 2015 3:19 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Each year, American Trails and the Coalition for Recreational Trails honor the nation’s most outstanding projects funded by Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant monies. If your chapter was involved with a significant RTP-funded trail project, consider nominating it for this annual achievement award. Projects will be honored on Capitol Hill in June during Great Outdoors Month, and it would great to have mountain bike trail systems represented. Deadline is April 1.

  • 24 Feb 2015 3:17 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Nonprofit groups have until March 6 to apply for a $100,000 trail assistance grant from Bell Helmets. In the Bell Built grant program's third year, IMBA and Bell are seeking applications for an advanced, technical trail to be built in 2015 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting begins the week of March 16 and will determine the ultimate winner. Learn more and apply.

  • 18 Feb 2015 10:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Host Location registration for the 2015 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) is now open. New this year, all Host Locations will teach their lessons at 10 a.m. in their local markets as the lesson travels around the globe over the course of 24 hours. In prior years, aquatic facilities hosting WLSL events conducted lessons simultaneously at 3 p.m. GMT.
    The 2015 event will mark Team WLSL’s sixth Guinness World Record attempt for the largest swimming lesson ever conducted.  Visit to learn more.

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Federal Highway Administration has just released a new Annual Report on the Recreational Trails Program. The 2014 report was produced by American Trails in partnership with contractor KMS Enterprises, Inc. It highlights program funding and administration, the RTP database, and illustrates how states use funds with examples of trail projects across the country. It also documents the many benefits of the program and national trends and issues affecting trails. Read more and download the report...

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:23 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Land and Water Conservation Fund channels federal offshore energy royalties to caring for public lands. Many cities have developed thriving urban parks thanks to LWCF matching grants that led to public and private investments that fuelled economic and cultural revitalization in neighborhoods close to the urban core. If Congress does not act to reauthorize the LWCF before September 2015, it will expire, putting park projects across the country at risk. Read more...

  • 04 Feb 2015 9:09 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday named a former Wisconsin parks official and soccer team owner as the new executive director of the Arizona state park system.
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  • 28 Jan 2015 8:29 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Every state in the nation was more productive than Congress lasy year. In fact, states were six times more productive.
    Whatever numbers you choose, the point is made: there’s a whole lot of lawmaking going on in the states — far more than in Congress — and many associations and advocacy groups should be tracking the action.  State Advocacy Matters! Read full article...

  • 15 Jan 2015 9:31 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    NAZ Today discusses the proposed increase of entrance fees at multiple Arizona national monuments.
    Three Flagstaff area national monuments - Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon - are seeking public comment regarding increasing entrance fees into the monuments.
    Two different plans have been proposed for raising the fees. Read full article...

  • 15 Jan 2015 9:29 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Arizona has plenty of places to stay active, and a few of the best are in the Valley.
    According to a recent ranking by WalletHub, a financial and industry social network, Glendale is one of the best cities in the Valley for active living.
    The study looked into how well cities were supporting active lifestyles by taking into account things such as the number of golf courses, trails and parks. Read full article..

  • 15 Jan 2015 9:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Maybe the only thing better than visiting a national park or forest is getting to do it for free.
    The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service waive admission charges on five days each year as part of a fee-free program established under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
    Free-access days for 2015 begin with Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Monday, Jan. 19. Read full article..

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