Support Trails on our National Forests Today!
What do the well-known Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails have in common with less-well-known trails like the Bear Hole Trail and the Misty Moon Trail? They cross one or more of America’s incredible National Forests.
You probably knew that National Forests offer some of the best trails in the world, but did you know that there are 158,000 miles of trails on these forests and grasslands? It’s true, our National Forests host the largest trail network in the country – likely the world!
Pretty cool right?
But imagine trying to maintain that vast trail network. That’s what the USDA Forest Service tries to do every day, along with managing our forests for a host of other critical priorities like wildlife habitat, clean water and wildfire. Unfortunately, with the limited resources Congress provides and a staff spread thin, the Forest Service just can’t maintain all those trails, even with the help of dedicated trail partners.
But, with your help, these incredible trails will get a big boost in 2018.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, and the NFF is celebrating The Summer of Trails ins support of all National Forest trails!
What are we doing? The NFF is raising money to improve trail conditions on these beloved trails through a crowd-funding campaign we’re calling The Summer of Trails. From now until the end of September, we’re working to raise $500,000 for our trails. What’s even better than $500,000? $1,000,000 for our trails! Yes, the Forest Service will match the funds raised by the NFF, up to $500,000, meaning that, if we're successful, we'll be investing $1,000,000 (or more) in critical trail maintenance projects across the National Forest System.
It’s easy to participate. Just go to our crowd-funding campaign page: crowdrise.com/SummerOfTrails and make a donation. Whatever you donate will be matched by the Forest Service. Help us spread the word by encouraging your friends and family to donate.
At the end of the campaign, the NFF will split all funds raised evenly amongst the nine Forest Service regions and issue grants to the most competitive proposals that address critical trail maintenance needs in each of the regions. Learn more about the program’s specifics through our FAQ.
Together, we can improve our trails!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the NFF hoping to raise?
The NFF hopes to raise at least $500,000 through the crowd-funding campaign. The Forest Service will match up to $500,000 for a total of $1,000,000, which will be invested in trail maintenance and improvements across the National Forest System.
Which trails will receive the funding?
The NFF will divide all funds raised equally among the nine Forest Service Regions (Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Intermountain, Northern, Southern and Eastern). Through a competitive grant process administered by the NFF, local conservation and trail groups will apply for funding for priority trails in each region. The NFF, in coordination with the Forest Service, will issue grants to the most competitive proposals.
What types of trails will receive funding?
That will depend on the grant proposals the NFF receives. The funding will be available for any type of National Forest System trail, including motorized/non-motorized and wilderness/non-wilderness trails.
Is there additional leverage on these funds?
Yes. All successful grants will provide a 1:1 cash or in-kind match for the funding they receive.
When will the on-the-ground work begin?
The NFF anticipates that all grants will be awarded in the winter 2018/2019 and work will begin in spring 2019.