Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines, is stepping in to assist Missouri trail advocates in a bid to preserve a 145-mile segment of inactive rail corridor right through the heart of the state.

“Although nothing is certain at this early stage, if we are successful in┬ápurchasing the corridor and making it available for trail development, we will be supporting the dreams and ambitions of local communities to build a connection to the nearby Katy Trail, and so create a 400-mile rail-trail network that would put the eyes of the trail world firmly on the state of Missouri,” said RTC President Keith Laughlin.

However, to achieve this vision of a world-class, statewide trail network in Missouri, trail users will need to show their support by signing a petition urging Governor Jay Nixon and the owners of the corridor to allow the creation of a rail-trail. You can sign the petition and get details on the corridor and its proposed development on the RTC website.

Image: Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy