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Bob Richards, 615-532-0753
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
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Mark your calendars for the 2015 Greenways and Trails Conference, April 15-17, 2015, Montgomery Bell State Park. More details to come.

The TDEC, Recreation Educational Services Division, in partnership with the Commissioner's Council on Greenways and Trails and the Tennessee Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration is pleased to announce the publication of Greenways 101.

This document provides an overview of the process of developing a hard surfaced trail and has photos and illustrations showing a number of greenway trails that have been developed across the state of Tennessee. Additionally, it has budget information and a sample easement used in the acquiring of easements for public access to construct and build the trails.

Other trail building/development technical resources can be found in the Additional Reading section on page 14.

For more information, contact Robert.Richards@tn.gov or call 615-532-0753.

Need a Resource to understand how you can build a trail at a park or track at school? See the Trails/Tracks Resource Guide which is a booklet that was developed by a statewide task group of private and public staff that have assisted communities with these type projects across the state of Tennessee. This guide provides online resources and case studies of actual projects that have been built and shows the funding sources used to build them.

For more information on greenways and trails, contact Robert (Bob) Richards at 615-532-0753 or at Robert.richards@tn.gov.

Looking for Greenways and Trails in Tennessee, go to the website, www.connectwithtn.com.

If you know about a trail that is not on the list, pleasesend the information to Bob Richards, robert.richards@tn.gov.

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The Greenways and Trails program is here to encourage Tennessee communities to save their special green spaces, to promote the volunteer spirit ofTennesseans and to work to preserve and conserve the natural and culturalresources that make each community in our state special.

Greenways have been defined in the Tennessee Greenways and Trails Planas linear open spaces established along either a natural corridor, suchas a riverfront, stream valley or ridgeline, or overland along a railroadright-of-way converted to recreational use, a canal, scenic road or otherroute.

Greenways can be any natural or landscaped area that allows for pedestrianor bicycle passage; an open-space corridor that can link parks, nature preserves, historic or cultural features, schools and neighborhoods witheach other. Greenway trails can be used for alternative transportation,recreation and health/fitness activities.

2008 Tennessee Greenways and Trails PlanBlue Cross Walking Works Schools

The Greenways and Trails program is here to encourage Tennessee communities to save their special green spaces, to promote the volunteer spirit of Tennesseans and to work to preserve and conserve the natural and cultural resources that make each community in our state special.

The 2008 Tennessee Greenways and Trails Plan (G&T Plan) is now available and it is a result of over 18 months of research, planning and collaboration between the TDEC Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails, TDEC –RES staff and numerous federal, state and local government agencies as well as the trail users groups from across the state. The G&T Plan references numerous locations and organizations that have developed Greenways and Trails in innovative and creative ways The G&T Plan focuses on the Benefits of Greenways and Trails from an Economic, Personal Health, Alternative Transportation, Recreation and Environmental Protection perspectives.

The Plan also has two Appendices which provide additional information on Greenways and Trails. Appendix A is an overview of all types of trails both motorized and non-motorized. Appendix B is a four page list of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as numerous non-profit organizations that can assist with numerous trail related issues.

To access the G&T Plan online, click on the G&T Plan, Appendix A or Appendix B. For this information on a CD, contact Bob Richards at 615-532-0753 or Robert.richards@tn.gov.

Please contact the Tennessee Greenways and Trails Coordinator via thiswebpage if you have questions or need assistance with greenway planning,trail construction or other natural resources related issues.