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A Milestone for the Mickelson Trail: Celebrating 25 Years
September 13, 2023
The 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail, named after the South Dakota governor who championed the trail before dying in a plane crash in 1993, was officially dedicated in the midst of much fanfare in 1998.
George S. Mickelson Trail at the Deadwood Trailhead | Photo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Rail-Trail Cases That Have Shaped the Movement
February 20, 2020
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act (1968), Rails to Trails magazine sat down with Ferster to talk about some of the cases that have shaped the movement—as well as the monumental importance of railbanking, which—born from the National Trails System Act in 1983—has helped facilitate the creation of thousands of miles of rail-trails to date.
Andrea Ferster | Photo by Eli Griffen
Protecting Trails in 2018: Five Ways We Mobilized in Communities This Year
November 15, 2018
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and the national trail community put itself on the front lines to protect and defend trails in 2018. Here are five ways we mobilized in communities this year.
Baltimore, Maryland | Photo by Side A Photography
Trail Geek Terminology (A Cheat-Sheet to Satisfy Your Inner Wonk)
January 29, 2018
RTC's put together this little trail-geek cheat sheet so that we can all bone up on our trail and active-transportation policy speak.
Photo Courtesy RTC
A View From … The National Trails System
January 03, 2018
In 2018, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which provided an incredible legacy for all Americans. Five of these iconic American experiences are listed below along with rail-trails that weave in and around them.
Great Shasta Rail Trail | Photo by Christina Schmidlin with Hellikon, courtesy Great Shasta Rail Trail Association
Model Trail Easement Agreement, with commentary
January 01, 2018
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association developed this model trail easement agreement for the benefit of owners, organizations and governments
What the Marvin M. Brandt Case Means for America’s Rail-Trails
March 17, 2014
On March 10, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States.
Photo © Mark Rischer
The Supreme Court Decision: How Does It Affect Rail-Trails?
March 11, 2014
On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case involving a rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States).
Photo © Mark Rischer
Supreme Court Hands Down Disappointing Decision for Trails in U.S.
March 10, 2014
Today’s Supreme Court ruling is disappointing news for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, rail-trail advocates and trail users around the country.
Photo by Ryan Cree, courtesy RTC
Amicus brief, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States
January 01, 2014
Amicus brief written by RTC and others in the Supreme Court case Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States in 2014.