Trails for Illinois is connecting the state's trail system - we're transforming homes into trailheads!

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Trails for Illinois was founded as Illinois Trails Conservancy in 1999, shortly after Rails to Trails Conservancy closed its Illinois office in Springfield. Its board, a scrappy group of Illinois trail advocates and led by Bev Moore, worked to build a new organization where RTC left off.

In 2011, Illinois Trails Conservancy changed its name to Trails for Illinois and hired an executive director, Steve Buchtel. Illinois has a great network of trails in place, and opportunities to build and connect to more.

At stake is only the well-being and happiness of our citizens—which we now know depends upon regular outdoor physical activity. Trails for Illinois is building a statewide trails community that will integrate trails and trail experiences into Illinois work, play, life.

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