Trails, Parks and Environmental Links
California and Western U.S.
- California Coastal Commission
- State agency responsible for planning and
development along the California coast.
- California Coastal Conservancy
- This state agency strives to preserve, protect
and restore the resources of the California coast,
including wetlands, streams, watersheds, urban
waterfronts, open spaces and agricultural
- California State Parks
- Official guide to all the state parks in
California, chock full of travel information,
pictures and event calendars.
- East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Recreation Areas
- EBMUD manages thousands of acres of open space
with over 85 miles of trails and numerous
reservoirs in the East Bay and Sierra Nevada,
including lands in the Mokelumne River watershed.
- National Park Service - National Parks in California
- NPS guide to California parks, listed in
alphabetical order. Impressive "Digital Maps Data Directory."
- US Forest Service - National Forests in California
- Recreation information, maps and other guides
to National Forest lands within California.
- Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHA)
- The BCHC is a non-profit organization dedicated
to conserving backcountry wilderness and protecting
stock users' historic use of wilderness trails and
forage. The BCHA provides a central organization
which works with public land administrators on
issues pertinent to public use of the backcountry
and specifically to stock use in these areas.
- California Historic Trail
- Another NPS site, featuring the California
National Historic Trail system. According to NPS
literature, this trail system "carried over 200,000
gold-seekers and farmers to the gold fields and
rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and
1859's, the greatest mass migration in American
history." Today, 1,100 miles (out of the original
5,665 miles) of trail ruts and traces remain
between Casper Wyoming and the West Coast,
"reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and
triumphs of early American travelers and
- California Trails & Greenway Foundation
- Non-profit organization that promotes public
education and stewardship of "non-motorized trails
and greenways" in California.
- California Trail Connection
- Trail organization that publishes a variety of
information "from how to find a trail to how to
fund a trail." Includes reports on the
Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century
(TEA-21) and the Millennium Trails national
- California State Parks Foundation
- Non-profit organization "dedicated to
protecting and enhancing the rich natural,
cultural, and historic resources found within
California's State Parks; improving visitor
experience, facilities and services; promoting
volunteerism and stewardship; advocating on behalf
of State Parks; and developing educational
- An organization of coastal activists who are
dedicated to exploring and making accessible remote
sections of the California coastline. Started in
1983, a 30-member group hike opened up 55 miles of
unbroken coastal trail in Sonoma County; today, the
California Coastal Trail is 1,156 miles long and
Coastwalk has local chapters in all 15 coastal
- Equestrian Trails, Inc.
- Family oriented riding club dedicated to the
acquisition and preservation of trails, good
horsemanship, and equine legislation within
- Pacific Crest Trail Association
- The PCTA's mission is "to protect, preserve and
promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail"
that spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. The
Pacific Crest Trail, dedicated as a scenic trail in
1993, is one of eight National Scenic Trails.
- Tahoe Rim Trail Association
- Construction and maintenance on the 150 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail, which encompasses the ridge tops
of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties, two
states and overlapping with approximately fifty
miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Workdays from the end for June until the middle of
October, including two weekend backcountry camps
- A confederation of 30+ groups, agencies and
retail stores, Trails4All coordinates volunteer
efforts and raise funds for trail projects in
Orange County, CA. Members include equestrians,
hikers, mountain-bicyclists and trail runners.
- Western States Trail Foundation
- An equestrian organization dedicated to the
sport of endurance riding; sponsor of the annual
'Tevis Cup 100 Miles One Day Ride' event that
traverses the scenic wilderness of the Sierra
- New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors (NMVFO)
- NMVFO runs numerous projects throughout the
state each project season (March-October). Recent
projects have included restoration at Coronado
State Monument, as well as trail work on many
- Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
- Volunteer programs throughout the state from
April-October, in partnership with land management
agencies and other non-profits. Projects range from
wilderness trail work to urban tree planting. VOC
runs a volunteer clearinghouse and active training
program with workshops in leadership, trail
construction and maintenance skills, and program
- Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW)
- Volunteer projects throughout Washington State
in both wilderness and urban areas. One of their
most high-profile projects is the Iron Goat Trail,
a rails-to-trails project in the Stevens Pass area
of the Washington Cascades 60 miles north of
Seattle, which will eventually include several
miles of barrier-free trail.
- Western States Trail Foundation
- Works to promote and preserve the Western
States Trail - a historic route established by Gold
Rush Emigrants traveling to California. Sponsors
The Western States 100 Miles One Day Ride, an
annual endurance ride on the old Pony Express route
throught the Sierra Nevada.
- GORP - California
- Outdoor recreation site offering travel
information, articles, online maps, books and other
resources, organized by region and activity
(hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, camping,
- American Trails - Trails by State - California
- Links to recreation resources on California.
- Virtual Parks
- Panoramic photos and maps for California
- California Native Plant Society
- Organization dedicated to preserving CA's flora
in their natural habitat. Web site provides
in-depth information on the organization's
programs, including conservation, education,
legislation, plant science, publications and
- Earth Share of California
- Coalition of 87 environmental organizations in
- Information for the Environment
- The Information Center for the Environment is a
cooperative effort of environmental scientists at
the University of California, Davis and
collaborators at over thirty private, state,
federal, and international organizations interested
in environmental protection.
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