WASHINGTON – In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, the National Forest Foundation has partnered with the USDA Forest Service to inspire Americans to support trails on their National Forests and Grasslands.
With more than 158,000 miles of trails, the National Forest System hosts the largest trail network in the country. However, with competing priorities of wildlife habitat, clean water and wildfire, the Forest Service alone cannot maintain all of these trails. This summer, NFF has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for trail support, a campaign titled, “Summer of Trails.” Each dollar donated will be matched by the Forest Service to maximize impact on-the-ground.
To help raise awareness for the campaign, NFF is also hosting a photo contest in the month of July for photos featuring National Forest trails. Forest Service will provide support for these efforts via the agency’s social media channels, including national, regional and forest pages and sites. This partnership and others with the NFF helps supports the Forest Service’s strategic goal of delivering benefits to the public.