The AMC Potomac Chapter has recently been invited to join the Capital Trails Coalition (CTC) as an Advisory Member. The Coalition consists of more than 60 nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies, including the D.C. and Virginia chapters of the Sierra Club, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Park Service, and multiple local biking clubs. Although the CTC does not itself build or maintain any trails, it provides a venue for their member non-profits, government organizations, and other stakeholders in the Metro Washington, DC area to come together to discuss incorporating their trails into an interconnected trail network, and share their expertise and experiences. The AMC in support of the Potomac Chapter will contribute the expert knowledge, expertise, and experience it has contributed to the development and maintenance of over 1800 miles of trails in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
The CTC’s goal is to develop a plan to expand and connect multiuse trails in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region (including Fairfax County, VA and adjacent Prince Georges and Montgomery, MD counties) into a network of 900 miles of interconnected trails. It seeks to create a world-class network of multi-use trails that are equitably distributed throughout the region. The regional trails network will transform public life by providing healthy, low-stress access to open space and reliable transportation for people of all ages and abilities.
As the AMC’s Potomac Chapter explores the way forward to best support the Coalition and its partner organizations, we would like to hear from you if you have experience in trail development or maintenance (or not) and would be interested in participating in the support we provide.
For more information contact Ken Shuck at firstname.lastname@example.org, Potomac Chapter representative to the CTC.