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The Trails Initiative

Alaska has only just begun to take full advantage of our State’s phenomenal outdoor recreation resources. The Trails Initiative is a coalition of trails organizations from around the state collaborating with leaders in government, business, the health industry, and the non-profit sector to invest more in the trails we love. People and communities across Alaska recognize that outdoor recreation supports health, contributes to a high quality of life and—perhaps most importantly— drives spending that supports business, creates jobs, and generates tax revenue that pays for schools and other public services. Investing in outdoor infrastructure attracts employers, residents, retirees, and skilled workforce, ensuring those communities thrive economically and socially. More than one job in ten in Alaska is tied to tourism and outdoor recreation spending. Smart investments could further grow this dynamic sector; good planning can make sure we grow while maintaining the quality of our natural settings and communities. 

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Trails Investment Strategy

The Statewide Trails Investment Strategy focuses on ways to build on and expand trail infrastructure to help Alaska make the most of our outdoor recreation potential.  

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The Alaska Long Trail

Long trails offer visitors a range of experience - from simple day hikes to multi-week, bucket list lifetime accomplishments. With some of the most stunning wilderness in the world, Alaska is long overdue in creating a world-class long trail of its own. Alaska Trails and its partners are proposing such a route connecting Fairbanks and Seward.   

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Funding for Trails

There are many trail funding sources in Alaskaranging from federal programs to state and local opportunities. Learn more about federal funding sources, along with urgent issues at the state and national level for building more and better trails and a stronger Alaskan outdoor recreation economy.  

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2019 Trails Report

This report presents work in progress by a still-growing group of trail users, non-profits, land management agencies, and businesses, all of whom believe that when done right, trails and outdoor recreation will be a key to Alaska's prosperous future.  


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