Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New website for Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail recently launched a new website. The website redesign, which makes navigating much easier and contains more useful information, was made possible by a special grant from REI.

Friends of the MST are also asking members to contact their North Carolina legislators and urge them to support three items:

* A bill which would allow a specialty license plate for the MST. They've made a big difference for other parks and trails at no cost to state government, and one could make a big difference for the MST too.

* Continued funding of $108,000 for the Adopt-A-Trail program which makes small grants to support trails all over the state. The budget is so tight this year that we are concerned that this great program may be eliminated entirely unless legislators hear from people who care about it.

* Continued funding for the state's four conservation trust funds that help acquire land and easements for trails, parks, clean water, farmland protection and wildlife. Over the last two years, these funds have helped acquire key tracts for the trail in Guilford, Alamance and Johnston counties.

For more details, check out the latest Friends of the MST newsletter.

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