For Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC),
was a year of reflection
and celebration, as well as renewed promise and excitement in our mission. On
February 1, we marked our 25th anniversary and began preparations for an award
reception in Washington, D.C., on October 1, 2011. Credit for our success belongs
in many quarters, and we have countless people to recognize and thank, from the
honorees of the Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions award, to the tens of
thousands of supporters across the country who’ve helped build this movement and
make our work possible.
So as we look back on our first 25 years, we’re inspired by the strength of our
cause, and the growing ranks of our members and supporters. We have never stood
on firmer ground, or ground more fertile for trail development, as we’ve now helped
create more than 20,000 miles of rail-trails. Opportunities abound, from innovative
urban networks to cross-state connections, and it’s truly exciting to think about
what we can accomplish in the next 25 years.