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AERC Trails News

The objective of the AERC Trails and Land Management Committee is to work with the AERC membership and other concerned equestrian trail users to develop a popular trails advocacy web environment. AERC is dedicated to the riding of historic trails and encouraging the establishment, preservation and maintenance of all trails on both public and private lands.

Donations to Trail Master classes or Trails Grants are welcome, and may be made through the AERC office, either by check or credit card.

Check out this 7-minute YouTube video explaining how to fill out the volunteer hours report. Then go to the Trail Hours Log tab to log your trail hours!


Stay informed

Meeting with a legislator or land manager? Be sure to read these Tips for Meeting with Legislators and Land Managers from Trails and Land Management Co-Chair Monica Chapman. The information included in this letter will help you prepare for a successful meeting.

Sustaining Equestrian Trails for the Future, an article reprinted form Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, is filled with great suggestions. Click here for the two-page PDF of this important article.

Video: Trails Etiquette Video from CapitolForest.com -- a 9-minute introduction to trails etiquette for equestrians, bicyclists and trail runners.

Know of other great videos? Share the link with Trails Committee Co-Chair Monica Chapman.

Trail work with pack animals: Thanks to AERC Trail Master Robert Sydnor for this summary of the PCTA's Working with Packers and Packstock field course.


Public lands news

2020 Fee-Free Days for U.S. National Park Service

January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 18 (First Day of National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day), August 25 (National Park Service Anniversary), September 26 (National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands), November 11 (Veterans Day)

Listing of Participating State Parks, by state

2020 BLM Fee-free Days on Public Lands

January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 17 (Presidents Day), June 13 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 26 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)

NOTE: Any families with 4th graders need to check out the Every Kid Outdoors Initiative -- free access to federal lands for a year.


Trails Conferences and Symposiums

2020: California Trails & Greenways 2020 (free) webinar series

2021: International Trails Symposium, hosted by American Trails, Reno, Nevada, May 10-14

2020: Mid-America Trails & Greenways Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 30-September 2, 2020

2020: National Equestrian Trails Conference, TBA


Memorandum of Understanding

AERC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bureau of Land Management. Click on the link below for a PDF of the MOU:

AERC/BLM MOU (2020)

USFS/AERC MOU (2017)

 


Relevant Research Studies

Are horses responsible for introducing noxious weeds onto trails and adjacent ecosystems in the western USA? by Dr. Stith T. Gower (pdf)

Are Horses Responsible for Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States? by Dr. Stith T. Gower (pdf)


Your trail news is much appreciated! Send in your news to the AERC office for publication on the AERC website.

Updated 6/17/20