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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Trails event next week


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The Headwaters Trail System is a popular year-round destination.

On May 8, the Rails to Trails Conservancy will be hosting a live reveal of their preferred cross-country route for the Great American Rail-Trail.

Three Forks is one of four nationwide locations that will be part of the live reveal with other events scheduled in Washington D.C., Columbus, Ohio, and Cle Elum, Washington.

The Three Forks event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John Q. Adams Milwaukee Railroad Park.

Three Forks City Council member Gene Townsend said 100 people have been invited to attend including Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Among those in attendance will be officials from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the City of Three Forks, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and key members of the Montana trails community.

A signature project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the Great American Rail-Trail will connect nearly 4,000 miles of rail-trails and other multiuse trails across 12 states and Washington, D.C

"Trails strengthen our relationships to each other and our past-and perhaps none have more potential to do so than the Great American Rail-Trail," said RTC President Ryan Chao.

According to the RTC, the full route of the Great American Rail-Trail will connect 125+ rail-trails, greenways and other multiuse paths spanning nearly 4,000 miles, connecting communities and bringing untold benefits to all who meet the trail.

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A bicyclist utilizes the Headwaters Trail System.

"Comprising 12 states and the District of Columbia, the route includes 12 iconic "gateway" trails that make possible this grand vision of a nation connected by trails. These trails have been built through the hard work and ingenuity of the trails community-nonprofit partners, state agencies and volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to protect and preserve these priceless corridors."

In a March interview, Townsend said he could not believe it when he was told Three Forks had been chosen to represent Montana in the kickoff event.

Looking at the size of the other communities taking part, Townsend said that was when it really sunk in about the magnitude of Three Forks being selected as a location.

The event will also be streamed live on the RTC's Facebook page.

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