American Hiking Society’s 18th annual National Trails Day® (NTD) 2010, the national kick-off event for Great Outdoors Month in June, was a huge success. NTD 2010 exhibited the overwhelming commitment by Americans to protect our trails and highlighted the shared interest in outdoor recreation. President Obama called on all of us- young and old, from every background, all across this country- to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. On Saturday, June 5, tens of thousands of volunteers and trail enthusiasts in all 50 states celebrated trails by hiking, paddling, running, walking, horseback riding, and maintaining trails.
“The volunteer participation and energy surrounding American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® celebrations were immeasurable!” notes Gregory Miller, President of American Hiking Society. “Thousands of trail enthusiasts came out to hike, bike, paddle and provide volunteer service across all fifty states and Puerto Rico, demonstrating that Americans really do care about our Great Outdoors.”
Preliminary Highlights for NTD 2010:
• 1,912 NTD took place across all fifty states and Puerto Rico.
• Federal land and water management agencies hosted hundreds of NTD events across the nation.
• More than 220 NTD events were planned or hosted by Troops from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
• The YMCA of the USA, National Recreation and Parks Association and National Association of State Park Directors prominently promoted NTD across the nation.
• Participants hiked or walked at least 3,500 miles and bikers rode more than 2,000 miles.
• To coincide with NTD 2010, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell declared June 5-6 as National Trails Day weekend. This was a ‘fee free’ weekend with no entrance fees for all National Parks, Forest and Wildlife Refuges in celebration of trails and outdoor recreation.
• Secretary Salazar also announced the designation of 31 new National Recreation Trails in 15 states on National Trails Day.
• The U.S. Postal Service created a special NTD postmark that is being used from June 5 – July 5 in 23 key trail gateway communities around the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails as well as in the Grand Canyon and Acadia National Parks. A great start to reach our all-important gateway communities that depend on trails and outdoor recreation.
• NTD reached more than 100 million people through extensive media coverage.
Save the date for the next National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, 2011!
National Trails Day is made possible by the generous support of our Lead Sponsor, Nature Valley, and Sponsoring Partners, Backpacker magazine, Columbia Sportswear, Fetzer, Intermap, Merrell, and The North Face. NTD Supporters include YMCA of the USA, REI and American Park Network. Federal Partners of NTD are Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information about National Trails Day®, 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.