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American Trails

The world’s largest online trails resource. American Trails strives to enrich the quality of life for all people and the sustainable development of communities by advancing and promoting the development, preservation, and enjoyment of diverse, high quality trails and greenways.

American Hiking Society

American Hiking Society works toward ensuring that hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and for future generations as well. Hiking our nation’s trails offers Americans boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, renew themselves and establish a lifetime of fitness.

Trailsnet

Trailsnet provides a network of trails on the internet. They provide you with trail information, trail photos, trail maps, trail descriptions and trail statistics. One of their newest features includes descriptions of great trail vehicles such as bikes, recumbents, Trikkes, inline skates. They also review outdoor recreation equipment such as bike accessories and other trail-related gear.

Children & Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network is leading a movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

The Community Foundation of NW Mississippi

“Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter”.

The Mississippi Recreation & Park Association

The Mississippi Recreation & Park Association (MRPA) is a statewide non-profit service organization dedicated to advancing parks, recreation, and environmental efforts that advance the quality of life for all people.

Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi

The purpose of Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi is to help build sustainable communities through education and action. GGSIM chapters promote local projects and events which directly benefit the people and places you are most familiar with. They bring inspired, passionate and active individuals together within their communities who then join up with others from all corners of our great state to both encourage existing models of sustainability and to implement new ideas that will make our lives healthier, happier, safer and more sustainable.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation works to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. They protect and defend wildlife and the wild places they need to survive. They work to restore the health of our natural habitats and ecosystems. And they educate and inspire Americans to care for and protect our natural heritage.

The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent teh diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters that they need to survive. The Mississippi Chapter is one of more than 50 state chapters and 30 country programs that make up The Nature Conservancy.

The DeSoto County Economic Development Council

The DeSoto County Economic Development Council promotes business and economic development and quality of life issues for this booming Mississippi County just south of Memphis. The Council works closely with business and industry, civic organizations, city and county governments and chambers of commerce in Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven, and Town of Walls.

DeSoto County Natural Resources Plan

The DeSoto County Natural Resource Plan identifies how greenways, open spaces, and pedestrian and bicycle routes can provide interconnection across jurisdictional boundaries to create an integrated system of alternative transportation, connecting multiple communities through green spaces and natural waterways. Significant access routes through already-existing utility easements are included in the recommended greenway system structure, as are key waterways that provide natural linkages among the county’s communities. Land assessment tools are provided to enable landowners of unique ecological areas to determine if their property is a good candidate for the established conservation programs, and to encourage their participation. Clearly delineated linkage routes enhance visibility of these ecologically significant zones, and the importance of private properties to the overall, interconnected, system.