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

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Upcoming PNTS Webinar: September 18th
  • PNTS Launches Supporter Program Campaign
  • Summer Issue of Pathways Across America
  • Public Comments for Boardman to Hemingway Accepted Until August 22nd
  • Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Congressional Update

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition is urging members of Congress to cosponsor the LWCF Permanent Funding ActH.R.3195 and S.1081. These bills require annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and are companion bills. H.R.3195 now has 157 cosponsors. The companion Senate Bill S.1081 is cosponsored by 48 Senators. The goal is to convince 100 more Representatives and at least five more Senators to cosponsor the appropriate bill. Meanwhile, the House passed the FY 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill in mid-June, appropriating increased funding for the land managing agencies and LWCF. The approved bill provides $524 million for LWCF, 20% more than Congress appropriated for fiscal year 2019 and the highest funding level since 2003.


PNTS Upcoming Webinar

Title: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 1
Presenters: The Avarna Group
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 18th at 2PM EDT
Overview: In this webinar we define basic terms like justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and cultural relevance, and then lay out all of the reasons why this work (which we collectively call JEDI) is important in the particular space in which the organization operates (e.g, outdoor education, conservation, land management, environmental advocacy, youth development etc.). This webinar will help you articulate what you mean when you are talking about JEDI and why it is important to your organization. Hosted by the PNTS, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails.


Photo Credit: Van Tran

PNTS Supporter Program

Your interest in the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and the invaluable work that friends of the national trails do each day makes it possible for the PNTS to successfully advocate for and build the National Trails System. You can be among the first 500 Founding Supporters of the PNTS with a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more. Check out these blog posts to read inspiring stories written by five trail advocates and leaders who are passionate about the trails, and consider joining the Supporter Program today and during this campaign. Thank you!


Summer Issue of Pathways

In our Summer 2019 magazine, the Partnership shares opportunities to support LWCF and PNTS and provides updates about the Executive Director transition and the Gap Analysis project. Our cover photo illustrates the Waikapuna land that the Ala Kahakai Trail Association is in the process of preserving, and we also highlight PCTA's Trinity Divide protection project and Eastern Legacy Extension Act updates from Lewis and Clark Trail partners. This year marks the "10th Trailversary" for four of the national scenic and historic trails. You will also learn how our partners are working closely with universities, cities, youth, and landowners to promote national historic trails. And the third round of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Trails Inventory is underway! 


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B2H Comment Period Extended

The deadline for submitting public comments to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council regarding the Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) Transmission Line has been extended to August 22, 2019. Oregon-California Trails Association member Gail Carbiener is worried about the potential of fires starting during the B2H construction and noted that the proposed B2H routes would pass over or near the Oregon National Historic Trail. For more, read the full article here


Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Partnerships Scholarships 

The Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships helps dedicated professionals explore ways to enrich existing and integrate more partnerships into their work to benefit and bring value to parks, public lands, and communities. 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31st

10-Minute Walk Planning Grant

The National Recreation and Park Association is supporting city-planning efforts that provide community access to high-quality parks. Selected applicants will receive grant and technical assistance, among other benefits

Application Deadline: Friday, August 2nd


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:

Oregon-California Trails Association Convention • September 3-8, 2019
Annual Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Meeting • September 21-25, 2019
Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium • September 25-28, 2019
National Public Lands Day • September 28, 2019
National Wilderness Workshop • October 23-26, 2019

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In The News:

Suzanne Dixon Resigns, Sandra Marra Appointed as President and CEO of ATC
Mind the Gap: Efforts Aim to Stitch Together Long Trails
Faces of the Continental Divide
Oregon-California Trails Association Launches New Paper Trail Website
Trinity Divide Land Acquisition a Big Leap Forward in Protecting the Entire PCT
Volunteers Carve Out New Addition to Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains
USFS Launches Free Mobile App Version of Online Visitor's Map
Lewis and Clark Trail Crafts Long-Range Interpretive Plan, Just Needs Funding


Job Postings:

USFS Member Manager • American Conservation Experience
National Wildlife Refuge Trail Inventory Data Collection Team Members • ACE EPIC/USFWS 

Trail and Lands Conservation Specialist • Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Executive Director • High Cascades Forest Volunteers
LCTHF Executive Director • Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Park Manager • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Trail Experience Team Leader • The Parklands of Floyds Fork
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