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RTP and TE Update - September 2006

September 18

  1. State Trail Administrators Meeting
  2. Land Preservation for National Scenic and Historic Trails Workshop
  3. National Trails Symposium.
  4. National Scenic Byways Program 2006 Grants Announced
  5. Transportation Safety Planning Website
  6. Snowmobile Safety Information
  7. FHWA and USFS Reports
  8. Important Dates Reminder

  1. State Trail Administrators Meeting: October 18-19, 2006, Davenport IA.
    See We're updating this webpage as we develop or get additional information. If you have suggestions, please contact

    Attendee List: Please check the list at If you are not on the list, but should be, please contact If you are on the list, but are not attending, also please contact Jonathan.

    Agenda Topics: Please help make the business meeting useful by suggesting and rating topics for discussion. See

    Note 1: This is "invitation only" for State and Federal people with RTP responsibilities, including FHWA RTP contacts, Federal land management agency RTP contacts, State RTP administrators, and other State trail administrators with Statewide responsibilities. State-invited State Trail Advisory Committee members are invited to the afternoon sessions on October 19 (after lunch).

    Note 2: There is no registration fee for the State Trail Administrators Meeting.

  2. Land Preservation for National Scenic and Historic Trails Workshop
    The Partnership for the National Trails System will hold a Workshop on Land Preservation for National Scenic and Historic Trails on October 11-12, 2006, at the Nashville Public Library Conference Center in Nashville TN. This workshop immediately precedes the National Land Conservation Conference: Rally 2006, October 13-15, sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance. It will cover:

    • Defining the land/area to be acquired to protect the National Scenic and Historic Trail (NSHT) experience and the natural, cultural, and historic resources that provide that experience.
    • Identifying the techniques/approaches to use to assemble a NSHT corridor if you don't have eminent domain or lack authorization to use Federal funds to purchase land from willing sellers.
    • Identifying how to determine your portfolio of funding sources for NSHT land preservation projects.
    • Using transportation funds for NSHTs.
    • Working with conservation organizations and land trusts in NSHT land preservation projects, and
    • Managing conservation easements for NSHTs.

    Please register online at:

  3. National Trails Symposium. See
    Also note: The National Trails Training Partnership will meet October 22-23. See

  4. National Scenic Byways Program 2006 Grants Announced
    The 2006 National Scenic Byways Grants were announced August 29. Acting Secretary of Transportation Maria Cino selected 309 projects in 45 States to receive a total of $25.5 million in discretionary National Scenic Byways Program 2006 grants. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has provided over $275 million in funding for 2,181 State and nationally designated byway projects in 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. For more info, see

  5. Transportation Safety Planning Website
    The Transportation Safety Planning Working Group updated its website, hosted by the Transportation Research Board. See The TSPWG website launched a new feature -- a Question and Answer Forum where users can post questions and receive responses from other users who may have additional ideas and insight. Questions and a list of the responses will be posted on the site. Archives will also be kept for future research.

  6. Snowmobile Safety Information
    The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), in cooperation with the snowmobiling community is again pleased to support the Safe Riders! You make snowmobiling safe!TM safety campaign. The campaign features the Safe Riders! You make snowmobiling safe!TM safety training video. The 22-minute safety video is a wonderful adjunct support piece for safety trainers. The safety video includes a 30-second Positive Image PSA.

    The Campaign Action Manual is on the ISMA web site, All of the posters, printed public service announcements, line-art drawings of the posters, and logos can be downloaded from the website. Please use the Safe Riders! logo on your publications or handouts. There are fun family photos on the site - ready for downloading and your use. The website has been updated and expanded.

  7. FHWA and USFS Reports
    I am sorry to report that we ran out of trail-related reports at the FHWA Report Center. The Report Center received several very large orders from Pakistan, and filled the requests. We don't know why there were so many large orders in a short time period, or how the people ordering the reports from Pakistan expected to use them. The FHWA Office of Highway Safety also had a run on its documents.

    We had put on the form: "Orders to addresses outside the United States are limited to one copy per address". But it looks like there have been excessive orders from within the USA as well: especially if people within the USA are selling them. But right now, nothing is available except the new Mountain Bike DVD.

  8. Important Dates Reminder
    • Sept 17: Constitution Day. See
    • Sept 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. AARRGGHH!!
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