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Dear friend,

On June 5, National Trails Day kicked off a season of community events and outreach along trails. Here are some news and resources as we prepare for summer.

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  • Portland, Ore. - Community Cycling Center Director Alison Graves presented the Understanding Barriers to Bicycling project at a seminar at Portland State University. As part of the project, the center conducted workshops and focus groups with various communities of color, providing insight on how best to tailor programming.
  • Washington, D.C. - On the occasion of the ribbon cutting for the newest section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (pictured), we look back at trail planner Heather Deutsch's presentation on construction challenges.

In addition to news from around the nation, there are new resources and opportunities available to your trail:

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Apply for RTCA Assistance by August 1
The
 National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program is asking outdoor conservation projects to apply for technical assistance from NPS staff. Many urban pathways have received assistance from RTCA, and your project could be next! Visit the RTCA website to fill out an application or contact an RTCA staff member near you.

 

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New Resource: Trail Maintenance Funding
Discover a new section of RTC's Trail-Building Toolbox dedicated to funding mechanisms for trail maintenance. It highlights four urban trails - in Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas - that have taken different approaches to funding upkeep. The new resource includes documents that can help your trail.

 

Stay on top of the latest resources by visiting the Urban Pathways Initiative and using our RSS feed RSS Icon. Is there something we're missing or a question you have for the larger group? Let us know in the forums.

Happy trails,
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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Washington, DC 20037
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
+1-202-331-9696