#KernBlog: Welcome Aboard Amanda!

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Hiking Trails of America (along with Friends of the Florida Trail) is happy to announce a new staff member.  Amanda Sims has been hired on a part time basis.  She will be assisting with social media and website updates.  She will also be brainstorming other ideas to gain support for … Read More

The Use of Eminent Domain in the Completion of the National Trails System

By Bruce E. Matthews, Retired Executive Director, North Country Trail Association The condemnation of private lands for public use (eminent domain) was widely practiced by the National Park Service from its inception through the 1970’s in carrying out Congressionally-approved authorizations in the establishment of National Parks, Seashores and Trails. These … Read More

Blogger Chas Ewing and An Important Call Out To Fellow Millennials

A cool breeze whistles through a thick of pine trees, blowing the thin needles off its seasoned branches, sending them fluttering to the ground. Blue jays, red-headed woodpeckers, and northern mockingbirds peck and chatter in the early morning hours, letting me know its time to wake up and take down … Read More

HikaNation – A Handshake Across America 1980-81

In 1980, a large group of passionate hikers set out on a 4,300 mile adventure called HikaNation, that would take 14 months to complete and would stretch from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C. Organized by Jim Kern, the President of the American Hiking Society, the … Read More