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Celebrating 50 Years of the National Trail System

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Ali Eminov
Sergeant Floyd Monument on the Missouri River at Floyd's Bluff in Sioux City, Iowa

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, which includes the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. The trail stretches 3,700 miles from Wood River, Illinois to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and stands as  one of only two national historic trails that passes through Iowa.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Neal Bedlan, Chief of Interpretation of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and Keith Bystrom, an Iowan who traveled the trail for 55 days after retiring  from Iowa State. 

Also in the hour, a look at what it takes for rural communities in Iowa to improve quality of life in the face of population loss. Nebbe sits down with Iowa State researchers Sara Hamideh and Kimberly Zarecor to learn more about their reserach into "smart shrinking" communities. 

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa