October 2018 was the the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, and the same year S.47 (the John Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act) was passed by Congress and signed by the President. This large omnibus bill did a lot for our public lands, including extending two national trails by more than 1,000 miles: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and North Country National Scenic Trail.
“Even after 42 years, the general public has little or no idea that the National Trails System exists,” says the Federal Interagency Council on Trails. Agencies like the National Park Service oversee the 30 trails. The Appalachian and Pacific Crest are well-known long-distance trails, but there are 28 additional routes offering unique views of the nation, including Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition across the West.
Bill Buck is a writer and photographer who has visited all 50 states documenting the country’s National Trails. A modern-day champion of the National Trails System, he set out across the country in 2011 to document the 30 trails. Over the course of seven years, with multiple road trip partners, he visited all 50 states, took over 10,000 photographs, and walked multiple segments of all of the 30 trails.
His newly published National Trails Guide profiles all 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails and is the only book available to list all 30 national scenic and historic trails, with detailed information on where to go and what to see on each route.
Corte Madera Library
Tuesday, June 26, 7 pm
Books will be available to purchase after the talk and a percentage of the sale will go to support the Friends of the Corte Madera Library.
“This is exactly the guide we all need to inspire us to put down our screens and get outside to explore America’s natural wonders,” says Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace US. “Public lands and wild places need protection more than ever. And it’s easier to protect places we know and love… Get this guide, get a pack and boots, and get outside to fall in love with our country’s natural wonders.”