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

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Get Off The Web And Into The Wild: April 20-28, 2019
  • Upcoming PNTS Webinars: May 14 and May 23, 2019
  • National Trail Intern Grant Recipients
  • American Trails Volunteer Stewardship Webinar: May 30, 2019
  • Register Events for AHS National Trails Day: June 1, 2019
  • Trail Resources
  • Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Congressional Update: Senate Bill Introduced to Require Full Appropriation of Land and Water Conservation Fund Money

In early April, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill (S.1081) to require annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)Congress has only appropriated the full authorized $900 million for the LWCF several times over the 55 year history of this most important conservation program. If S.1081 becomes law, the authorized $900 million must be appropriated annually with 40% of the money allocated for land acquisitions by Federal agencies, another 40% allocated to all the States by formula, and the remaining 20% to be allocated by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. A percentage of the Federal allocation would be directed toward increasing recreational access, such as land closing trail gaps, to public lands. All Senators are being encouraged by environmental organizations to join their colleagues in cosponsoring this major environmental more


Take A Social Media Spring Break

There is still time to "Get Off The Web And Into The Wild" during National Park Week! Join PNTS by pledging to turn your gaze from your phone and computer screen to your natural surroundings and explore a park, trail, wildlife refuge, or forest near you -- even your backyard. You never know what you might discover! Once you’ve logged back online, we’d love to see and hear what you did on your social media spring break.


PNTS May Webinars

Title: Latino Conservation Week and Your Organization
Presenters: Jennifer Brandt of the Hispanic Access Foundation
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 14th at 3PM EST
Overview: Latino Conservation Week, July 13-21, 2019, can raise the visibility of your organization among Latino communities and provide opportunities for them to show their support for protecting our natural resources. Learn how to expand your membership and partner with Latino groups. This is a free webinar hosted by National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Effective Communication Part 2: Giving and Receiving Feedback
Presenters: Andrea Wetherald, Owner &Beyond
Date and Time: Thursday, May 23rd at 2PM EST
Overview: Learn about the three primary forms of feedback, and how to offer it in a way that it is receivable and helpful to the other person. The techniques taught in this webinar can be applied in a variety of situations including peer-to-peer feedback, volunteer management, and up or down the leadership hierarchy. 


2019 Intern Grants Awarded

The Partnership for the National Trails System, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service, awarded 17 National Trail Intern Grants in 2019, totaling $153,678. These grants, which range in size from $6,000 to $10,000, will create opportunities for young adults to become involved, or further their involvement, with our national trails. A list of grant recipients can be found by clicking the link below.


Volunteer Stewardship Webinar

Title: Improve Your Volunteer Stewardship Toolbox
Presenters: Anna Zawisza, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; Anthony Duncan, International Mountain Biking Association; Malin Ely Clyde, Nature Group UNH Cooperative Extension
Date and Time: Thursday, May 30th at 1PM EST
Overview: Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Learn about the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand, or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers. This is a free webinar presented by American Trails.


Register for National Trails Day 

National Trails Day is coming up on June 1, 2019, and the American Hiking Society encourages you to rally around trails and conservation by hosting or attending an event. Register your event for free on the official site, where it will be visible to thousands of individuals searching for local events. Registered events may also receive added support and promotion from national sponsors. Help give back to the trails we love by pledging to clean up your trail.


Trail Resources

Report: Rec Trails Program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the 2019 Recreational Trails Annual Report (RTP). The RTP provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. This Annual Report describes RTP funding and administration, with examples of the variety of projects that States have funded to build and enhance recreational trails across America. 

Workbook: Parks, Trails, Health 

The National Park Service and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks & Recreation Professionals, and Health Practitioners. The workbook is designed to identify the health conditions of your local community or planning area. This assessment helps target and guide conservation and recreation projects that improves the health of community residents. 


Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Catalyst Fund Grants

The Network for Landscape Conservation (NLC) launched its five-year national grant program with a specific focus on building capacity for landscape conservation partnerships. A portion of the Catalyst Fund is dedicated to Indigenous-led partnerships.

Pre-proposal Deadline: 9PM EST Friday, April 26th 

BUILD Infrastructure Grants

The FY 2019 Appropriations Act appropriated $900 million to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. 

Application Deadline: Monday, July 15th


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:

CDT Trail Days • April 26-27, 2019
2019 International Trails Symposium • April 28-May 1, 2019
North Country Trail Association Celebration • May 2-5, 2019

Georgia Trail Summit • May 5-6, 2019
National Outdoor Recreation Conference • May 6-9, 2019
National Trails Day • June 1, 2019
National Pony Express Association's Re-Ride • June 10-20, 2019

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In The News:

Lawmakers Propose Bills to Change Ice Age Trail Status
Video: Escape the Daily Grind and Find Your Park
The State of American Forests
An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning
North Country Trail Updates Handbook
Dr. William C. Shell Hikes Historic Roads to Learn About the Past
Pacific Northwest Trail Celebrates 10 Years as National Scenic Trail


Job Postings:

Trail, Wilderness and Recreation Technicians • ACE
Field Crew Leader • Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Land Steward • Ice Age Trail Alliance
Field Team Member (Trails) • Maine Conservation Corps
Regional Park Manager • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

AmeriCorps Program Specialist • Montana State Parks 
Volunteer Outreach Intern • Pacific Crest Trail Association
Outdoors Alliance for Kids and Youth Sr. Campaign Rep • Sierra Club

Executive Director • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards  
Senior Representative, Government Relations • The Wilderness Society
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