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Theme: The Trail Center at the End of the Millennium

A Brief History of the Trail Center

The National Volunteer Project and National Outdoor Volunteer Network

The Changing Face of Volunteerism

The Changing Face of Public Lands

A Trail Center Index

A Catalog of Trail Projects, 1983-1999


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The Trail Companion (ISSN 1528-0241 (print); 1094-222X (online)) is the quarterly newsletter of the Trail Center.

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The Trail Companion

Winter 2000

Theme: The Trail Center at the End of the Millennium

The Changing Face of Public Lands

     To illustrate the changes that have occurred between the time the Trail Center was founded and today, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) reported that in 1983, POST had helped to protect approximately 7,000 acres, by Jan. 2000 they had protected nearly 40,000 acres. In addition, POST has transferred around 29,000 acres to public agencies. One of those public agencies, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District reported that:

  • In 1983, the District had acquired 15,311 acres; by Jan. 2000, 45,103 acres.
  • In 1983, 18 preserves had been established; by Jan. 2000, 24 (including the recent acquisition of Bear Creek Redwoods).

     Although the District does not track the number of miles of trail, the increase in acreage represents an equally large increase in the number of miles of trails. Other public land agencies, notably Santa Clara County, have made similar gains since 1983-one reason volunteers on the trails are increasingly important.


     (Thanks to Summer Morlock, POST and Kristi Webb, MROSD, for providing numbers)

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A Brief History of the Trail Center
The National Volunteer Project and National Outdoor Volunteer Network
The Changing Face of Volunteerism
A Trail Center Index
A Catalog of Trail Projects, 1983-1999

     
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