Digital PNTS Summer 2020 Pathways Across America magazine is now available!

Fifty-five years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the historic words, “How Long, Not Long,” challenging America to live up to its democratic principles at the end of the 1965 Voting Rights March, a new National Park Service (NPS) Interpretive Center opened February 2020 in Montgomery, Alabama on the campus of Alabama State University (ASU). The Montgomery site completes the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

The cover story of our Summer issue of Pathways Across America is "Preserving the legacy of voting rights: Interpretive center opens 55 years after Selma to Montgomery March," which you can read here.

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Editor's Note: Remembering Civil Rights Movement Icons

This issue of Pathways was already in print before we learned of the passing of civil rights icons Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian on July 17th. The Partnership joins the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in sharing these sentiments and articles in remembrance of their lives: 

"Today, we learned of the unfortunate passing of Reverend C.T. Vivian. He was a pioneer and icon of the Civil Rights Movement. May his legacy continue to live on forever."

"It brings us immense sadness to say our goodbyes to Congressman John Lewis. He was a civil-rights icon and a great friend to the National Park Service. Thank you for your service to this world." 


PNTS Publishes Case Study

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) has published its third case study about national trail protection efforts. “Partnerships, Planning, and Persistence: Collaborative Approaches Aid Three Ice Age Trail Acquisitions” tells the story of how the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA), Groundswell Conservancy, and Dane County worked together to conserve three key properties along one of the most popular sections of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin.

View all case studies here.



Share Your Stories by August 28th! 

The content deadline for the Fall Issue of Pathways Across America is August 28, 2020. Please submit your story ideas to Samantha Haas at With the recent passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, we are particularly interested in highlighting Land and Water Conservation Fund projects on the national scenic and historic trails (see examples here).


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