National and Regional Agencies


National and Multi-State Trail Agencies and Organizations

Adventure Cycling Association

    150 E. Pine Street
    P.O. Box 8308
    Missoula, MT 59807
    (800) 755-2453 - fax: (406) 721-8754
    email -
info@adventurecycling.org 
    website -
www.adv-cycling.org

American Hiking Society

The American Hiking Society serves hikers and protects the nation's hiking trails. It is a recreation-based conservation organization cultivating a nation of hikers dedicated to establishing and maintaining foot trails. Its 13,000 individual members and 135 hiking club members contribute to this national effort.
Additional information:

    AHS
    1422 Fenwick Lane
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 565-6704 - fax: (301) 565-6714
    email -
info@AmericanHiking.org 
    website -
www.americanhiking.org

American Planning Association

The American Planning Association (APA) is a nonprofit public interest research organization representing approximately 30,000 planners, officials, and citizens engaged in urban and rural planning activities. Members are extensively involved in formulating land use policies and regulations. The APA headquarters in Washington, D.C. houses the policy and public information departments. Other departments (research, publications, conference, education, membership and marketing) and programs are located in Chicago, IL.
Additional information:

APA

    1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036;
    (202) 872-0611 - fax: (202) 872-0643

APA

    122 S. Michigan Ave.
    Suite 1600 
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (312) 431-9100 - fax: (312) 431-9985
    
www.planning.org

West Virginia Planning Association

    P.O. Box 2537
    Westover, WV 26502
    email -
wvpa@wvplanning.com 
    website -
www.wvplanning.com

American Quarter Horse Association

    1600 Quarter Horse Drive
    Amarillo, TX 79104
    (806) 376-4811
    website -
www.aqha.com

American Recreation Coalition

The coalition is dedicated to protecting and enhancing everyone's right to health and happiness through recreation.
Additional information:

    ARC
    1225 New York Ave. NW
    Suite 450
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 682-9530 - fax: (202) 682-9529
    email -
arc@funoutdoors.com 
    website -
www.funoutdoors.com

American Society of Landscape Architects

The mission of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is to lead, educate and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.
Additional information:

    American Society of Landscape Architects 
    636 Eye Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 898-2444 - fax: (202) 898-1185
    email -
scahill@asla.org 
    website -
www.asla.org

American Trails

American Trails is a national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests. American Trails members want to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails. They support local, regional and long-distance trails and greenways, whether located in backcountry, rural or urban areas. Their goal is to support America's trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests. They are involved in everything from training trails advocates to providing increased trail opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Additional information:

    American Trails
    P.O. Box 11046
    Prescott, AZ 86304
    (520) 632-1140 - fax: (520) 632-1147
    email -
AmTrails@lankaster.com 
    website -
www.americantrails.org

American Volkssport Association

Share the spirit of walking with the clubs and walkers of the American Volkssport Association (AVA). Meet friends, walk scenic trails and improve your physical and mental health with a natural, accessible, and low-stress activity. The AVA's network of 350 clubs organize more than 3000 events per year in all 50 states.
Additional information:

    American Volkssport Association
    1001 Pat Booker Road
    Suite 101
    Universal City, TX 78148
    (210) 659-2112 - fax: (210) 659-1212
    Information Line 1-800-830-WALK
    email -
ahq@ava.org 
    website -
www.ava.org

Appalachian Mountain Club

The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection and enjoyment of the mountains, rivers and trails of the Northeast.
Additional information:

    Appalachian Mountain Club
    5 Joy Street
    Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 523-0636 - fax: (617) 523-0722
    email -
webeditor@amcinfo.org 
    website -
www.outdoors.org

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Since 1925, the conference has coordinated volunteer-based development, protection and management of the Appalachian Trail.
Additional information:

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    799 Washington Street
    P.O. Box 807
    Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
    (304) 535-6331 - fax: (304) 535-2667
    website -
www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4805859/

Beneficial Designs

Beneficial Designs works towards universal access through research, design and education. Beneficial Designs develops assistive and adaptive technology, performs rehabilitation research, contract design, legal consultation, standards development and serves as a rehabilitation information resource. One new system, the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP), objectively documents the actual conditions in outdoor, natural environments. The UTAP is a tool that land managers, agencies and individuals can utilize to learn about, monitor, improve and use any outdoor path of travel.
Additional information:

    Peter Axelson
    1617 Water Street
    Suite B
    Minden, NV 89423
    (775) 783-8822 - fax: (775) 783-8823
    Email -
mail@beneficialdesigns.com 
    website -
www.beneficialdesigns.com/

International Mountain Bicycling Association

    P.O. Box 7578
    Boulder, CO 80306
    (303) 545-9011 - (888) 442-4622 - fax: (303) 545-9026
    email -
info@imba.com or membership@imba.com 
    website -
www.imba.com

Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

The commission enhances, protects and conserves the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River watershed through regional and interstate cooperation.
Additional information:

    Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
    Suite 300
    6110 Executive Blvd.
    Rockville, MD 20852
    (301) 984-1908 - fax: (301) 984-5841
    email -
info@potomac-commission.org 
    website -
www.potomacriver.org

League of American Bicyclists

    1612 K Street NW
    Suite 401
    Washington, D.C. 20006-2082
    (202) 822-1333 - fax: (202) 822-1334
    email -
bikeleague@bikeleague.org 
    website -
www.bikeleague.org

National Association for Interpretation

    P.O. Box 2246
    Fort Collins, CO 80522
    (970) 484-8283 - (888) 900-8283 - fax: (970) 484-8179
    email -
naiexec@aol.com 
    website -
www.interpnet.com

The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils

    444 N. Capitol Street NW
    Suite 345
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 434-4781 - fax: (202) 434-4783
    email -
cdc@rcdnet.org 
    website -
www.rcdnet.org

National Audubon Society

The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and earth's biological diversity. There are several local Audubon chapters located in West Virginia.
Additional information:

    National Audubon Society
    700 Broadway
    New York, NY 10003
    (212) 979-3000 - fax: (212) 979-3188
    website -
www.audubon.org

National Center for Bicycling and Walking

Originally founded as the Bicycle Federation of America, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW) works toward bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. The NCBW offers information, support, training and consultation services to public agencies, non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups. The NCBW maintains the Internet Support Center and organizes the biennial Pro Bike/Pro Walk Conference (among other meetings).
Additional information:

    National Center for Bicycling and Walking
    1506 21st Street NW
    Suite 200
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 463-6622 - fax: (202) 463-6625
    email -
info@bikefed.org 
    website -
www.bikewalk.org

National Off-Road Bicycle Association

Contact the National Off-Road Bicycle Association at;

    USA Cycling
    One Olympic Plaza
    Colorado Springs, CO 80909
    (719) 578-4581 - fax: (719) 578-4628 - (719) 578-4596
    email -
norba@usacycling.org 
    website -
www.usacycling.org/mtb

National Parks and Conservation Association

The National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1919 to protect and enhance the National Park System. NPCA is the only nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of the national parks. Based in Washington, D.C., NPCA has more than 400,000 members and 40,000 activists nationwide.
Additional information:

    National Parks and Conservation Association
    1300 19th Street NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (800) NAT-PARKS - (202) 223-6722
    email -
npca@npca.org 
    website -
www.npca.org

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is the nation's largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places and the environment. Its mission is to educate, inspire and assist individuals and organizations of diverse cultures to conserve wildlife and other natural resources and to protect the Earth's environment in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future.
Additional information:

    The National Wildlife Federation
    8925 Leesburg Pike
    Vienna, VA 22184
    (703) 790-4000
    website -
www.nwf.org

Local affiliate
    West Virginia Wildlife Federation
    (304) 782-3685
    email -
pleinbach@aol.com
    website - www.wvwf.org/

The Nature Conservancy

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is the world's leading private international conservation group. The Conservancy preserves habitat and species by saving the lands and waters they need to survive.
Additional information:

    The Nature Conservancy
    4245 N. Fairfax Drive
    Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22203
    (800) 628-6860
    website -
www.nature.org

    The Nature Conservancy
    West Virginia Field Office
    723 Kanawha Blvd. E.
    Suite 500
    Charleston, WV 25301
    (304) 345-4350
    website -
www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/westvirginia/

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition is a nationally recognized grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Ohio Valley’s natural heritage.
Additional information:

    Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
    P.O. Box 6753
    Huntington, WV 25773
    (304) 522-0246
    email -
ohvec@ohvec.org 
    website -
www.ohvec.org

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a 7,000-member volunteer trail organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. region. PATC maintains and improves 970 miles of hiking trails, 30 shelters, and 28 cabins in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. This total includes 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and 730 miles of other trails in national parks, national forests, state parks, regional parks and local parks. PATC manages the efforts of over 600 volunteers.
Additional information:

    PATC
    118 Park Street SE
    Vienna, Virginia 22180
    (703) 242-0693 - fax: (703) 242-0968
    email -
www.patc.net
    website - http://potomacappalachian.org/

Partnership for the National Trails System

The Partnership for the National Trails System was established in 1995 to facilitate collaboration among the various organizations and government agencies involved with the National Trails System. The partnership maintains a close relationship with the American Hiking Society.
Additional information:

    Partnership for the National Trails System
    214 N. Henry Street
    Suite 203
    Madison, WI 53703
    (608) 249-7870 - fax: (608) 257-3513
    email -
nattrails@aol.com
    website - www.nationaltrailspartnership.org

Potomac Headwaters Resource Alliance
Additional information:

    Margaret Janes
    West Virginia Rivers Coalition
    HC 67 - Box 27AA
    Mathias, WV 26812
    (304) 897-6048 - fax: (304) 897-7110
    email -
mjpaws@aol.com 
    website - 
www.wvrivers.org

Preservation Action

Founded in 1974, Preservation Action (PA) advocates federal legislation to further the impact of historic preservation at the local, state and national levels. PA is dedicated to elevating historic preservation as a national priority through: legislative actions, monitoring federal agency actions that affect the preservation of the nation's historic and cultural resources, participating directly in policy development and creating an environment for others to succeed with their preservation initiatives.
Additional information:

    Preservation Action
    1350 Connecticut Ave. NW
    Suite 401
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 659-0915 - fax: (202) 659-0189;
    email -
preservationaction@worldnet.att.net
    website - www.preservationaction.org

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nationwide non-profit organization created in 1985. RTC provides extensive technical assistance to agencies, organizations and individuals regarding the myriad issues associated with abandoned rail line acquisition and subsequent trail development. Through its nationwide network of contacts in the recreation and conservation communities, RTC notifies trail advocates, local governments and groups about upcoming railroad abandonments, assists public and private agencies in following proper legal procedures and publicizes rail-trail issues through the country.
Additional information:

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
    1100 17th Street NW
    10th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 331-9696 - fax: (202) 331-9680
    email -
railtrails@railstotrails.org 
    website -
www.railstotrails.org

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club has over 600,000 members. Its mission statement is “Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”
Additional information:

    The Sierra Club
    85 Second Street - Second Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 977-5500 - fax: (415) 977-5799
    email -
information@sierraclub.org 
    website -
www.sierraclub.org

West Virginia chapter
website -
www.westvirginia.sierraclub.org

Southern Alleghenies Conservancy

The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy is a regionally based nonprofit corporation assisting local organizations throughout the Southern Alleghenies to carry out resource conservation activities. The conservancy also acts as a land trust organization and accepts donations of property for preservation.

The conservancy cooperates with the Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation and Development Area of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Additional information:

    Southern Alleghenies Conservancy
    702 West Pitt Street
    Fairlawn Court
    Suite #8
    Bedford, PA 15522
    (814) 623-7900, ext. 5 - fax: (814) 623-2394
    email -
sac@nb.net 
    website -
www.sac-sarcd.org/sac_info.htm

Surface Transportation Policy Project

The goal of the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy and make communities more livable.
Additional information:

    STPP
    1100 17th Street NW
    10th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 466-2636 - fax: (202) 466-2247
    email -
stpp@transact.org 
    website -
www.transact.org

Resource Guide on www.ntl.bts.gov/DOCS/PRG.html

Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities. TPL legal and real estate specialists assist landowners, government agencies and community groups in building livable communities by setting aside open space in the path of growth. The group also works to conserve land for watershed protection, scenic beauty, and close-to-home recreation. TPL pioneers new ways to finance parks and open space, promotes the importance of public land and helps communities establish land-protection goals.
Additional information:

    Trust for Public Land
    116 New Montgomery Street - 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 495-4014 - fax: (415) 495-4103
    email -
mailbox@tpl.org 
    website -
www.tpl.org

Mid-Atlantic Regional Office

    666 Broadway
    New York, NY 10012
    (212) 677-7171.

University of Minnesota Extension Service

Recreational trail design and construction information is available through the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Additional information:

    website:
www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/naturalresources/DD6371.html

Western Trailbuilders Association

The Western Trailbuilders Association (WTA) is an international nonprofit association of professional trail contractors, designers and consultants.
Additional information:

    Email -
info@trailbuilders.org 
    website -
www.trailbuilders.org

  

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