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A Bright Future

Dear Friend of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy,

It takes a lot more than the economic uncertainties and fierce congressional attacks of 2003 to keep rail-trails down. I am pleased to report that the start of 2004, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is strong, our members galvanized and our resources ready to enhance and protect trail-building programs.

We are blazing into the new year with a special edition of Rails to Trails, one that celebrates journeys of the past and explores a future rich with possibility.

Two hundred years ago Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to explore America's frontier. On the pages of the Spring 2004 issue, you will learn how much of their path from Illinois to the Pacific Ocean now crosses the country in the form of rail-trails that bear the mark of their historic journey.

We have also turned an eye to the future. You will read about advancements in earth-friendly weed control and an innovative pilot project joining utility and greenway corridors. Plus, for this issue only, we have streamlined our magazine and added an online component providing extra rail-trail stories and information. Want to read more about trail-building trends or view additional pictures? Look here at our online magazine supplement to enhance your quarterly magazine you received in the mail.

Your next magazine will resume its original format, but we offer this New Year's Resolution to you: We will continue to provide the great stories and pictures you expect from our magazine, while always looking for new and innovative ways to bring you closer than ever to the future of trails and greenways.

Here's to a bright future,
Keith Laughlin

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