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Keith Laughlin at Flat Branch Park in Columbia, Mo. © Jennifer Kaleba/Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Keith Laughlin at Flat Branch Park
in Columbia, Mo.


History in Your Hands

In August, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy published a small piece of history. Rails to Trails magazine reached a milestone: 10 years in publication.

Since our premier issue in Fall 1998, we've featured travel, news and profile stories on more than 700 different rail-trails around the country. We've shined the spotlight on grand old trails that define the movement, and young upstarts that represent the future of integrated urban transportation. We've highlighted political figures who've shaped trail legislation, and local volunteers who shape the trail itself. We've taken you to the Rocky Mountains, the California coast, the New England countryside, the Midwest plains, the Deep South bayous, the arid Southwest, the Florida beaches, and even stamped your passport for Bermuda, Eastern Europe, Canada and Australia.

In short—we've done a lot of traveling together in the last 1,000 pages of Rails to Trails. Happily, the journey isn't over.

As we move forward, you can continue to count on Rails to Trails to bring you the most up-to-date rail-trail news and recommendations, and to remain a leading voice in the movement. Heads into the November presidential elections, RTC will be working with partner organizations to provide the incoming president with the most compelling case for more trails, walking and biking opportunities in our transportation system. We'll also be making the case to our nation's leaders that trails are part of the smart solution to both the rising national obesity epidemic and the global issue of climate change.

To that end, we'll be exploring how the magazine itself can become more "green." It's important to us that our "talk" can also "walk the walk" of environmental responsibility.

These are exciting times for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and you'll be reading all about them in Rails to Trails for years to come.

Happy Trails!

Keith Laughlin

Fall 2008

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