News of the past month and what's ahead
In this edition:

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Hike the Hill: Registration Open and January 23rd Webinar Planned 
  • Hike the Hill T-Shirts and 50th Anniversary Merchandise for Sale
  • AHS Volunteer Vacations Applications Open
  • Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
  • PNTS Launches Affiliate Membership and Supporter Programs

Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates

'Lame Duck' Session Fails to Keep Funding Government Agencies and to Reauthorize LWCF

Despite several weeks of negotiating and political posturing, Congress recessed its post-election "Lame Duck" Session and left Washington, D.C. for the winter holidays without providing the funding to keep about one-quarter of the government agencies working or permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Senate and House each passed Continuing Resolutions to fund the affected agencies through February 8, 2019, but the President refused to sign the bills. The Senate did develop an Omnibus Public Lands Bill, which more


Register for Hike the Hill

Registration is now open for Hike the Hill® 2019, a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trail System and the American Hiking Society, being held in Washington, D.C. from February 11-14, 2019. PNTS Board and Trail Leaders Council meetings will be held Saturday, February 9th and agency briefings will be held on Sunday, February 10. 

Lodging: A room block is reserved at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, January 18.

Webinar: A webinar will be held Wednesday, January 23 at 2 PM ET to provide background of the new Congress and leadership. The webinar will also be recorded. Details will be made available here.


Hike the Hill T-Shirts

*New for 2019*
Hike the Hill T-shirts are available for $20. Orders must be placed by January 14, 2019 and are expected to arrive before February 1, 2019. Proceeds will support the Partnership.

50th Anniversary Merchandise

*Discounted Prices*
Limited edition 50th Anniversary hoodie sweatshirts are now $29.99 and T-shirts are just $12.99. All four styles of hats are still in stock. A portion of proceeds will support the National Trails System.


Register for AHS Volunteer Vacations

Join American Hiking Society for a week of building and maintaining trails in exciting and diverse locations across the country. Volunteer Vacations foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it. The 2019 schedule is now live, and trips fill up fast!


Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Community Grant Program

Deadline: January 18, 2019
PeopleForBikes offers this program to support bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Grant applications accepted from nonprofits with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development.

Matching Awards Program

Deadline: January 23, 2019
The National Forest Foundation offers this program for on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that improve forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. An informational webinar will be held January 9, 2019. 


New Ways to Join the Partnership

The Partnership for the National Trails System offers several ways for organizations and individuals to get involved and support our work, including applying to become an Affiliate Member or giving an annual financial donation to become a Supporter. Both programs offer several benefits, including discounts on PNTS trainings, a hard copy subscription to Pathways magazine, and the confidence that you are joining fellow, fair-minded supporters of conservation, land protection, and trails.

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate Members support the national scenic and historic trails by working collaboratively with the Partnership. There are three categories of affiliate membership: organizational, agency, and individual professional. 

Supporter Program

Supporters are individuals and organizations interested in furthering the work of the Partnership and leveraging its voice at the local, regional, and national level by providing annual financial support.


Make a Difference

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us complete and sustain the National Trails System. Your contribution will help us to protect land and resources along the national scenic and historic trail routes, enable us to educate the next generation of trail stewards and users, and support the work of citizen stewards who build and maintain these trails.


Upcoming Events:

Hike the Hill • February 10-14, 2019
OCTA Spring Symposium • March 15-16, 2019
2019 International Trails Symposium • April 28-May 1, 2019
Georgia Trail Summit • May 5-6, 2019

North Country Trail Association Celebration • May 5-9, 2019
Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium • September 25-28, 2019 
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In The News:

Camp Like You're on the Oregon Trail in these Covered Wagons
Teresa Martinez Has Dedicated Her Life to Trails Like the AT and CDT
After Historic Volunteer Effort, Continental Divide Trail is Fully Signed
My Experience on the Iditarod National Historic Trail
How to Contact Your Representatives and Talk About LWCF
Celebrating Trails Across America
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Theme is "Find Your Trail!"

Meet Akuna, the Vet Who Hiked the Pacific Crest Trail to Treat PTSD
Video: LWCF on the Appalachian Trail


Job Postings:

Trail Crew Staff • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Advocacy Manager • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Outdoor Rx Program Coordinator • Appalachian Mountain Club
Crew Leader • Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Partnership Coordinator • Camber Outdoors
Geospatial Program Manager • Chesapeake Conservancy
Trails Assistant Crew Leader • City of Boulder
Ridgerunner • Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Trail Crew Leader • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Field Operations Senior Manager • Washington Trails Association
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Do you have an upcoming event, news story, or job posting that is not listed above?
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