American Hiking Society announces the 2010 National Trails Fund - SNEWS

American Hiking Society announces the 2010 National Trails Fund

The American Hiking Society 2010 National Trails Fund is open for applications to help secure trail access, obtain and support volunteers and provide tools and materials to protect America's cherished hiking trails.
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American Hiking Society announces the 2010 National Trails Fund - Deadline December 15, 2009 

The American Hiking Society 2010 National Trails Fund is open for applications. American Hiking provides support to grassroots trail organizations around the country, giving local trail groups the resources they need to secure trail access, obtain and support volunteers and provide tools and materials to protect America's cherished hiking trails. 

"Trails are the gateway to healthy outdoor recreation, allowing us to experience nature on our own terms," said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society President. "Our National Trails Fund provides critically needed grant funding to trail organizations to maintain and protect America's hiking trails." 

Established in 1998, the National Trails Fund provides funding to help establish, protect and maintain foot trails in America. To date, American Hiking has granted more than $462,000 to 147 different trail projects across the U.S. for land acquisition, constituency building campaigns and a variety of trail work projects. Awards typically range from $500 to $5,000 per project. 

A variety of projects will be considered, including projects that: 

• Have hikers as the primary constituency, though multiple human-powered trail projects are eligible 

• Secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements 

• Result in visible and substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety and/or avoidance of environmental damage 

• Promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects, including volunteer recruitment and support 

All applications must be submitted to the American Hiking Society website by midnight on December 15, 2009 at www.AmericanHiking.org 

National Trails Fund awards are made possible by generous support from L.L.Bean, MSR and Therm-a-Rest, the program's charter sponsors. Additional donations to the National Trails Fund come from the private business sector and individual donors. For more information, visit www.AmericanHiking.org. 

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org or call (301) 565-6704.

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