Friday, October 3, 2008

Vote to save a trail

Nature Valley and the American Hiking Society have recently announced 20 nonprofit organizations from around the country that were named as finalists for Save the Trails funding. Save the Trails, in cooperation with the American Hiking Society National Trails Fund, will award $5,000 to each of the top 10 finalists, based on online votes, to restore and revitalize hiking trails in their communities. Voting is open to the public now through Oct. 31, 2008.

Nature Valley launched the Save the Trails grant program in June 2008 and contributed $50,000 to double the size of American Hiking Society's National Trails Fund. Save the Trails funding recipients will be announced in April 2009 and all funds are to be used toward trail restoration during the summer of that same year.

The 20 trails that made the finals are as follows:

-- Wildwood Trail Day of Stewardship (Portland, Ore.)
-- Mt. Whitney Trail (Bishop, Calif.)
-- Camp Robinson Crusoe Trail (Sturbridge, Mass)
-- Lo'I Loop Trail (Honolulu)
-- Eastern Gateway Trail (Louisville, Ky.)
-- Cloudland Connector Trail (Lookout Mountain, Ga.)
-- Bolich Hiking Trail Project (Pottsville, Pa.)
-- St. Francis Park Nature Trail (Cuba, N.M.)
-- North Country National Scenic Trail (Ohio)
-- Nemadji River Trail Construction (Wisconsin)
-- Peak to Prosperity Passage, Palmetto Trail (Columbia, S.C.)
-- South Maui Corridor (Hawaii)
-- Park to Forest Trail Corridor (Ramona, Calif.)
-- Alberta Falls to Haiyaha Connector Trail (Estes Park, Colo.)
-- Fires Creek Trail System (Asheville, N.C.)
-- Line Creek Nature Area Trail Signage (Peachtree City, Ga.)
-- South Colony Trail (Telluride, Colo.)
-- Sespe & Red Reef Trails (Ojai, Calif.)
-- D&H Canal Corridor Trail (Westtown, N.Y.)
-- Fernandez Ranch Trail Project (Redwood City, Calif.)

Please click here to vote.


Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com Detailed information on trails in the Smoky Mountains; includes trail descriptions, key features, pictures, video, maps, elevation profiles, news, hiking gear store, and more.

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