Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #825- Jan 15, 2018

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Our common goal is the creation of a nationwide network of multi-use trails—local, regional, and national systems—that allow walkers, bicyclists, people with disabilities, equestrians, runners, skiers, hikers, and others to enjoy the beauty of the American landscape.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and WILLIAM SPITZER, Chief, Recreation Resources Assistance Division, National Park Service, 1993


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #783- Dec 4, 2017

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In the nineteenth century we built the railroad system and in the twentieth century we built the highway system. In the 21st century we will reconnect America with a network of trails and greenways. My vision is to change the map of American.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (2000), 1947-2017


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #498 – Feb 22, 2017

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Rail-trails are a perfect means of telling community stories.… Their long and colorful history make perfect greenways. They combine that history with a respect for the environment, and recreation, and allow us to live life on a human scale maintaining contact with each other and with nature.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1998


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #400 – Nov 16, 2016

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It’s truly ironic that this country spends millions of dollars each year building new trail systems while an already-established system of trail corridors along some of our most scenic vistas is melting away before our very eyes [testimony before President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors].

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1987


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #371 – Oct 18, 2016

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Trails not only connect us with each other, they connect us with ourselves. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted knew this, and designed his pathways for reverie: gentle, winding, and somehow private. Communities with no place to daydream are communities without imagination.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2001


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #350 – Sept 27, 2016

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Besides providing a high-quality, close-to-home recreational experience rail-trails 1) support wildlife, 2) protect adjacent rivers from soil runoff and other forms of pollution, 3) save historic transportation corridors, depots, and other forms of architectural and engineering features of our railroad heritage, and 4) preserve corridors for potential reconversion to rail use in the future. They help make urban areas livable and rural areas accessible.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1988


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #269 – July 8, 2016

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….due to some quirks of history that won’t be repeated, we do have one last chance to save urban land—linear open space—in rather large chunks and weave them into a connected system of trails and greenways … it is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2000


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #218 – May 18, 2016

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We believe that people are genuinely excited about building a nationwide system of interconnected trails and greenways.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1997


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #212 – May 12, 2016

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Trails encourage us to socialize and have meaningful human contact, because they get us out of our steel-encapsulated driving machines.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1998


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Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #164 – March 25, 2016

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Trails urge people to slow down, not to speed up.

—DAVID BURWELL, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1996


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