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

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Last Chance: Register for Hike the Hill by February 5th
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches Wild East Initiative
  • Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive
  • AHS Volunteer Vacations Applications Open
  • Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Congress Continues Funding Agencies Through February 15th;
Efforts to Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund Continue

The 116th Congress convened in early January in the midst of the longest shutdown of the Federal government with the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives. At the end of January, all of the Federal government is working again funded until February 15th through yet another Continuing Resolution. Besides the appropriations to finally fund government agencies for the rest of Fiscal Year 2019, several bills critical for national trails also await action by Congress. During last autumn's Lame Duck Session, Energy & Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) assembled a large Omnibus Public Lands Bill which included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act, and the Eastern Legacy Extension of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail among many provisions. That bill has been reintroduced in the new Congress as S. 47 - Natural Resources Management Act. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has also introduced a "stand alone" version of the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act as S. more


Last Chance: Register for Hike the Hill by February 5th

Registration for Hike the Hill® 2019, a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trail System and the American Hiking Society, will close on February 5th. If you have not already registered, please be sure to do so soon. PNTS Board and Trail Leaders Council meetings will be held Saturday, February 9th and agency briefings will be held on Sunday, February 10. 


Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches Wild East Initiative 

This month the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invited nature lovers everywhere to celebrate the beauty and importance of eastern United States landscapes with the launch of "Wild East," an initiative bringing greater attention to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and the lands surrounding its 2,192-mile length from Maine to Georgia.

Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive

2018 PNTS Conference and Training keynote speaker, Carolyn Finney, recently participated in a brainstorming session on how to make the outdoors more inclusive. The brainstorming session brought to gather 10 participants including Jose Gonzales (Latino Outdoors), Ken Salazar (former U.S. Secretary of the Interior), and Perry Cohen (The Venture Out Project) to discuss barriers and potential solutions. 

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!

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

The Network for Landscape Conservation (NLC) is very pleased to announce the launch of a major five-year national grant program to accelerate the pace and practice of collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. The program RFP will be announced and opened for grant applications on March 1, 2019. 


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
Professional Trail Builders Sustainable Trails Conference • March 17-23, 2019
Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference and Membership Meeting • April 11-14, 2019
2019 International Trails Symposium • April 28-May 1, 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:

Hiker Crushes PCT, AT—Sets Sights on Triple Crown
Discovering the North Country Trail
A Brief History of the Appalachian Trail
County Plan Looks to Turn Trail's Potential into Reality 
The CDT is Changing the Face of this Western Town 
Celebrating Trails Across America


Job Postings:

ACE - Regional Director, ACE Mountain West 
ACE - EPIC Wilderness and Trails Management Intern
Bob Marshall Wilderness - Executive Director
North Country Trail Association - Next Generation Outreach Intern
North Country Trail Association - Director of Development
Oregon California Trails Association - News From the Plains Editor
Pacific Northwest Trail Association - Crew Leader
Pacific Northwest Trail Association - Performance Crew Member


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