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Privacy Policy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) respects your right to privacy. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the websites located at the URLs,, and

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site;
  2. How such information is used;
  3. With whom your information may be shared;
  4. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information; and
  5. How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.

To learn about what kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control read our security statement.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy by sending an e-mail to Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information
Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers. To review your personal information and request corrections you may contact our membership department.

calling: 202.974.5105
faxing: 202.223.9257 or
writing to:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Membership Department
2121 Ward Court NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037

Use of Information
The information you supply will be used by RTC to respond to your inquiries or supply you with information on RTC. Authorized third parties may be used by RTC to collect, track and process such information. It may be necessary, if required by law or if pertinent to judicial or governmental investigations, to release your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personal information to RTC and would like it removed or modified, please contact us. We will use reasonable efforts to comply with your request.

Membership Information
RTC maintains personal information on our members in order to fulfill membership benefits and meet state and federal disclosure regulations governing nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. Some segments of the RTC mailing list are made available to outside organizations as part of RTC's membership recruitment program. You may request that RTC not trade your information by contacting, calling 202.974.5105, faxing 202.223.9257 or writing to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Membership Department, 2121 Ward Court NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037.

Internet Protocol Address
We collect an IP address from all visitors to our site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our site, analyze trends, track users' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies"
Our site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website and to make sure you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function properly when you view them.

All information provided to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100 percent secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Site. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Other websites
Our Site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting the website
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037

Or e-mail:

Read Our Security Statement
Read Our Other Web Policies

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