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Good News 2012

Good News 2012

Agencies partner on trail expansion

By SHANNON NASS, Post-Gazette

January 1, 2012 MONACA — Interagency partnering has become a walk in the park, even if it sometimes sounds like alphabet soup. Collaboration between the Ohio River Trail Council and the National Park Service is set to continue for another year. The park service recently approved the trail council's application for a second year of technical assistance from its Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. "I am delighted that the ORTC-NPS relationship will continue for a second year. The collaboration is facilitating the Ohio River Trail Council's vision for the Ohio River Trail partner communities and the Tri-State region," said Vincent Troia, executive chairman and CEO of the trail council more »»

 

 

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Ever bike? Now that's something that makes life worth living!...Oh, to just grip your handlebars and lay down to it, and go ripping and tearing through streets and road, over railroad tracks and bridges, threading crowds, avoiding collisions, at twenty miles or more an hour, and wondering all the time when you're going to smash up. Well, now, that's something! And then go home again after three hours of it...and then to think that tomorrow I can do it all over again! 
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—Tony Hiss, The Experience of Place, 1990
Greenways and trails offer a new way of looking at how a community’s cultural, historic, recreational and conservation needs fit into an overall picture that also includes economic growth. With their emphasis on connections, greenways and trails allow community leaders to consider how existing parks and open spaces can become part of a network of green that supports wildlife, pleases people, and attracts tourists and clean industry. 
—Office of Greenways and Trails, Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, Thinking Green: A Guide to the Benefits and Costs of Greenways and Trails, 1998
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