Green Issue 2019

Rails to Trails magazine is pleased to present our 2019 Green Issue, featuring a collection of amazing videos and slideshows highlighting America’s trails.

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Creating a Trail Nation

In this issue, we explore how communities are creating a nation of trails—regionally and from coast to coast—to transform the way America thinks about mobility, recreation and transportation.

The results that the country's trail networks can deliver across the nation are powerful, as demonstrated through these transformative projects that are re-envisioning community design, sparking economic growth and active transportation, and encouraging people to adopt walking and biking as part of their daily lives.

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FEATURE

The Vision of the Great American Rail-Trail

The Great American Rail-Trail™ promises an all-new American experience—spanning more than 3,700 miles from Washington to Washington, and serving nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Across the nation—and the world—only the limits of imagination will limit its use, as it helps spur tourism and economic opportunities while highlighting America’s most iconic landmarks and geography.

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Descubre las Caracara Trails in Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley

Get a peek of the stunning Caracara Trails—a 428-mile trail network vision to connect the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s diverse natural and historical landmarks into a region-wide health and tourism asset for residents and visitors.

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The Heart of Our Community:
Re-envisioning the Industrial Heartland

The Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition is creating a 1,500-mile world-class trail network across four states that leverages the region’s rich cultural heritage—and spurs a new era of economic growth across the project footprint.

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Voices of the Middle Branch: Neighborhoods Connected by Trail

RTC and communities in South Baltimore are united in an effort to connect the area's neighborhoods and green space by trail, and create new opportunities for walking, bicycling and interacting with nature along the city's renowned waterfront.

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BikeAble Cleveland: Advancing the Active Transportation Agenda

Through this interactive story map, learn how strategic investments in planned trails and bicycling projects across Cleveland, Ohio, could maximize connectivity citwide, including for many neighborhoods experiencing inequality.

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PROFILE

RTC President Ryan Chao on Connecting America by Trail

Hear RTC President Ryan Chao talk about the energy and passion of the national trails community—and how people around the country can unite with RTC to help make the 3,700-mile Great American Rail-Trail a reality.

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Historic Highlights on the Great American Rail-Trail

History abounds along the 3,700-mile route of the Great American Rail-Trail. Here are a few stories from the trail, highlighting the people, places and discoveries that helped to build and shape America.

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American Icons: 50 Great Rail-Trails in 50 States

Check out these stunning snapshots of some of our favorite rail-trail experiences from all 50 states, drawing attention to the beauty, diversity and amazing geography our country is known for.

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Highlights from Opening Day for Trails 2019

Opening Day for Trails 2019 was an inspiring day to behold—with more than 180 special events in 30 states! Here are some of our favorite people moments from celebrations across the United States.

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Emerging Rail-Trails

A Critical Link: Fund the Beverly Bridge

The Beverly Bridge in Washington stands as a lasting monument to American railroad ingenuity. Find out how its revitalization could connect the state.

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Portland, Maine's Eastern Trail

Featuring quiet pine forests, wide, sandy beaches and a bustling waterfront, the 65-mile (developing) Eastern Trail offers a vivid snapshot of Maine’s many charms.

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Voices from the Trail: My D&L Trail

The 160-mile D&L Trail in Pennsylvania is a shining example of how to leverage historic canal infrastructure to create a modern network for recreation and active transportation.

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2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

Congrats to Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail, RTC's 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee. View highlights from this beautiful trail, which boasts a rich cultural landscape.

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RAIL-TRAIL REPORT

Sneak Peek: 2019 Rail-Trail PA Guidebook 

Check out some highlights from RTC's 2019 Guidebook Series: Rail-Trails: Pennsylvania, featuring 70 top trails.

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Sneak Peek: 2019 Rail-Trail NJ/NY Guidebook 

Check out some highlights from RTC's 2019 Guidebook Series: Rail-Trails: New Jersey & New York, featuring 58 top trails.

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FEATURE

Descubre las Caracara Trails in Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley

Get a peek of the stunning Caracara Trails—a 428-mile trail network vision in Texas to connect the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s diverse natural and historical landmarks into a region-wide asset for outdoor tourism and healthier lifestyles.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in partnership with Frontera Media and Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.

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The Heart of Our Community:
Re-envisioning the Industrial Heartland 

Through an ambitious effort to create a 1,500-mile world-class trail network across four states—the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) seeks to spur a new wave of regional tourism, encouraging exploration of the area’s rich history and iconic natural treasures that characterized the heartbeat of America’s Industrial Revolution. Learn how IHTC is amplifying the region’s trail systems into a new shared identity.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in partnership with Think Out Loud Productions.

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Voices of the Middle Branch: Neighborhoods Connected by Trail

Through the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, RTC and partners are bringing mobility into sharp focus through the creation of a 35-mile trail system that will connect more than 60 neighborhoods. This includes a key effort to close a trail gap in South Baltimore and create new safe walking and bicycling connections through the city’s green space and bustling waterfront.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in partnership with Wide Angle Youth Media.

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BikeAble: Advancing Cleveland’s Active Transportation Agenda

Cleveland is prioritizing the walkability and bikeability of its neighborhoods. In 2018, RTC conducted a BikeAble™ study to identify the benefits that a targeted investment in bicycling facilities could deliver to the city. A takeaway: Currently, 55 percent of Clevelanders can access a majority of key destinations using low-stress bicycle routes. Build-out of the planned network would increase that number to 82 percent. Learn more in this interactive story map.

Developed by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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RTC President Ryan Chao on Connecting America by Trail

The Great American Rail-Trail is a national treasure in the making that will connect Americans across 3,700+ miles. Hear RTC President Ryan Chao talk about the energy and passion of the trails communityand how people around the country can unite with RTC to help make this historic project a reality.

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Great American Rail-Trail Historic Highlights

Unique in makeup and geography, each of the trails hosting the 3,700-miles-plus Great American Rail-Trail has many stories to tell—some as old as, or far older than, our country itself. The histories found along the route demonstrate why the “Great American” is a true national treasure. Learn more through this interactive story map.

Produced by Rails to Trails magazine. Written by Cory Matteson, with contributions by Amy Kapp. StoryMap by Derek Strout.

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Historic Highlights on the Great American Rail-Trail Storymap

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American Icons:
50 Great Rail-Trails in 50 States

Since the 1960s, Americans have created more than 2,100 rail-trails spanning over 24,000 miles cross the United States. Treasured for the beautiful sites, iconic historical landmarks and geographic wonders they help connect and preserve, it's no wonder why they are some of the country’s most well-loved community assets. Check out these stunning snapshots of some of our favorite rail-trail experiences from all 50 states.

Story and photo editing by Laura Stark.

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Opening Day for Trails 2019

RTC’s annual Opening Day for Trails serves as a national kickoff for the spring trail season—highlighting the transformative benefits of trails around the country. In 2018, RTC helped to organize or inspire an estimated 180 special events in 30 states. Check out this inspiring collection of highlights from host communities across the country.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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Opening Day for Trails 2019 Arlington, VA event

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EMERGING RAIL-TRAILS

A Critical Link: Fund the Beverly Bridge

The 3,329-foot, Beverly Bridge in Washington is a model of 19th-century ingenuity that, if revitalized, could help close a gap in the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail and unite both sides of the state. Learn more about how this project along one of America’s most historic railroad corridors could boost heritage tourism statewide.

Produced by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Used with permission.

Related: Don't miss our feature video on the Beverly Bridge in 2018's Green Issue.

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Rail-Trail Destination

Portland, Maine's Eastern Trail

The 65-mile developing Eastern Trail offers a vivid snapshot of Maine’s many charms on its route from South Portland to Kittery. Featuring quiet pine forests, a bustling waterfront and three austere (and beautiful) lighthouses, trail users of every kind will find inspiration in this coastal wonderland, which helps make up a portion of the 3,000-mile developing East Coast Greenway.

Produced by Rails to Trails magazine. Story and photos by Cindy Barks.

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Community Connections

A special shout-out to the members of our Trail Expert Network, who submitted these great videos highlighting the unique pathways they maintain in their communities! Learn more about the Trail Expert Network.

Voices from the Trail: My D&L Trail

The D&L Trail (Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor) in Pennsylvania is a shining example in America of how communities can leverage historic canal infrastructure to create a modern transportation network. Hear passionate trail advocates discuss the significance of this developing, 160-mile trail and its importance for connecting people to history, nature, green space and communities in the eastern part of the state.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

My D&L Trail Delaware Canal with John Boyle

Listen as John Boyle from Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia explains what the D&L Trail in Delaware Canal State Park means to riders on the Circuit Trails.

Produced by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Used with permission.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

My D&L Trail National Canal Museum with Martha Capwell Fox

Hear Martha Capwell Fox explain how the National Canal Museum and the D&L Trail connect people to the history of the canal era.

Produced by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Used with permission.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

My D&L Trail Lehigh Gap with Dan Kunkle

Listen to Dan Kunkle talk about the environmental success story of Lehigh Gap Nature Center and connecting people to nature along the D&L Trail.

Produced by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Used with permission.

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Hall of Fame

2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee: Mississippi's Tanglefoot Trail

Congratulations to Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail, RTC's 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee, selected by national vote this summer. View highlights from this 43.6-mile paved trail boasting beautiful scenery and a rich cultural landscape.

Video produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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RAIL-TRAIL REPORT

2019 Rail-Trail Guidebooks Sneak Peek!

History, nature and breathtaking scenery abound in RTC’s latest guidebooks, Rails-Trails: Pennsylvania and Rail-Trails: New Jersey & New York, highlighting 128 of the states’ most treasured pathways.

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Rail-Trails: Pennsylvania

Rail-Trails: Pennsylvania highlights 70 of the top trails in the Keystone State—offering a broad range of experiences, from sweeping Appalachian views to narrow wooded ravines, from challenging hiking and biking adventures to relaxing riverside strolls, and from vibrant cities to small towns that thrived in Pennsylvania’s industrial heyday. Take a sneak peek of these breathtaking pathways.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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Rail-Trails: New Jersey & New York

In Rail-Trails: New Jersey & New York, you’ll find exceptional trails offering views of some of America’s most iconic natural treasures, such as the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean coastline, the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes and the Catskill Mountains. Get a sneak peek of some of the amazing trails inside this book highlighting 58 of the region’s top trails.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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Green Issue Staff

Vice President of Communications: Brandi Horton
Editor-in-Chief: Amy Kapp
Digital Content Editor: Laura Stark
Video Production: Anthony Le
Graphics/Web Design: Anthony Le
Distribution: Ryan Cree, Suzanne Matyas

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