News Release 101

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Volume 42-14-101 

"Trails of Missouri State Parks" receives national recognition

Jefferson City, MO - The Coalition for Recreational Trails has awarded Missouri State Parks with the 2014 Annual Achievement Award for “Trails of Missouri State Parks,” a book detailing information about trails in state parks and historic sites. The award recognized the project as an outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds in the category of Education and Communication. The award was accepted by U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay on behalf of Missouri State Parks at a presentation in Washington, D.C.

“Missouri State Parks is home to some of the best trails in the nation, and we want to offer resources to the public about those trails, so that our guests can better enjoy nature and Missouri’s outdoor heritage,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. “We are honored that ‘Trails of Missouri State Parks’ received such a prestigious award.”

The Annual Achievement Award is part of an ongoing effort by the Coalition for Recreational Trails to build awareness and appreciation of the Recreational Trail Programs. The Award in the Education and Communication category specifically honors projects that enhance trail use and enjoyment through increased environmental awareness, promotion of trail-related safety, and encouragement of trail-related outdoor recreation.

“Trails of Missouri State Parks” was created as part of a project that began in 2008 to inventory and manage the trails in state parks. The publication provides detailed information about the 230 trails in Missouri State Parks. It is a 422-page, full-color book that lists the trails found in 58 state parks and historic sites. The book summarizes each trail with a written description and a map, which includes contour lines, GPS coordinates for trailheads, and outstanding features like overlooks.

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) also recognized the “Trails of Missouri State Parks” book, and honored it with the 2013 The Project Excellence Award. This award is presented annually by the SORP to exemplary projects in the field of outdoor recreation research, planning, management, and policy.

Missouri was also named at the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nations’ hiking, biking, and riding trails. This award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve their trails system.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


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