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American Hiking Society Announces
2009 National Trails Fund

Have a hiking trail you love? Become part of the only privately funded national grant program to help protect it.

American Hiking Society Press Release - 6/26/2008

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The American Hiking Society 2009 National Trails Fund is now open for applications.

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. - The American Hiking Society 2009 National Trails Fund is now open for applications. This year, American Hiking will provide more support than ever to grassroots trail organizations around the country, giving local trail groups the resources they need to secure trail access, obtain and support volunteers and provide tools and materials to protect America's cherished hiking trails.

"Trails are the gateway to healthy outdoor recreation, allowing us to experience nature on our own terms," said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society President. "Our National Trails Fund provides critically needed grant funding to trail organizations to maintain and protect America's hiking trails."

Established in 1998, the National Trails Fund provides funding to help establish, protect and maintain foot trails in America. To date, American Hiking has granted nearly $382,000 to 105 different trail projects across the U.S. for land acquisition, constituency building campaigns and a variety of trail work projects. Awards typically range from $500 to $5,000 per project.

A variety of projects will be considered for the 2009 National Trails Fund, including projects that:

• Have hikers as the primary constituency, though multiple human-powered trail projects are eligible
• Secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with acquiring conservation easements
• Result in visible and substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety and/or avoidance of environmental damage
• Promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects, including volunteer recruitment and support

For the 2009 cycle, American Hiking will be awarding two different types of National Trail Fund grants: American Hiking Society Trail Grants, sponsored by L.L.Bean, Therm-a-Rest and MSR and ranging from $500 to $4,999; and Nature Valley Save the Trails Grants, totaling $5,000 each.

Each grant type has specific guidelines. To apply for a 2009 National Trails Fund grant, go to All applications must be submitted electronically and limited to three pages, plus the required attachments. Submit your complete application by August 15, 2008.

National Trails Fund awards are made possible by generous support from General Mills Inc., L.L.Bean, MSR and Therm-a-Rest, the program's charter sponsors. Additional donations to the National Trails Fund come from the private business sector and individual donors.

American Hiking Society

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America's hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its programs, including the National Trails Fund, visit or call (800) 972-8608.

Nature Valley

Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and brings great taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks. Nature Valley consists of five great-tasting granola bar lines: Crunchy Granola Bars, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Yogurt Granola Bars, Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars and Healthy Heart Chewy Granola Bars. Nature Valley is also the Official Natural Energy Bar of the PGA TOUR, the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, Nature Valley NASTAR, Association of Volleyball Professionals, Cross County Ski Areas Association, Vail Resorts, Aspen Resorts, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and the Warren Miller Film Tour. In addition, Nature Valley is a sponsor of the Student Conservation Association and the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

MSR and Therm-a-Rest

For more than 30 years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs, makers of Therm-a-Rest and MSR products, has led the outdoor industry in the design and manufacture of innovative, reliable and useful gear including the first self-inflating camping mattress and the first multi-fuel stove. Visit


Founded in 1912, L.L. Bean is a leading retailer of quality apparel, sporting gear and home furnishings for outdoor enthusiasts. The company partners with conservation and recreation organizations that promote conservation and stewardship of our natural resources. Visit

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