News of the past month and what's ahead In this edition:
Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
Upcoming PNTS Webinars: July 9th and 17th
PNTS Launches Supporter Program Campaign
Celebrating National Trails Day
Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
Congressional Update: House Bill Introduced to Require Full Appropriation of Land and Water Conservation Fund Money
On June 12, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced the LWCF Permanent Funding Act, H.R. 3195,which now has 87 cosponsors. The bill requires annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and is a companion to Senate bill 1081 introduced in early April. The House Natural Resources Committee has already "marked up" H.R. 3195 and recommended it for adoption by the House of Representatives. If S. 1081 or H.R. 3195 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 Representatives and Senators are being encouraged by environmental organizations to join their colleagues in cosponsoring these major environmental bills...read more
PNTS July Webinars
Title: Update on Wilderness Character Monitoring in the Forest Service Presenters: Julie King, U.S. Forest Service Date and Time: Tuesday, July 9th at 3PM EDT Overview: Learn more about Wilderness Character Monitoring (WCM), one of the most important tools for protecting designated wilderness areas. This free webinar is hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
Title: Empowering Women in the Outdoors Presenters: Amy Lord, Ice Age Trail Alliance, and Sabrina Carlson, Arizona Trail Association Date and Time: Wednesday, July 17th at 2PM EDT Overview:This webinar will explore two groundbreaking programs aimed at empowering girls and women in the outdoors. Gear Girls and Trailtessa Retreats were designed by women for women in partnership with the REI Force of Nature initiative.
What’s your favorite trail? Your favorite memory of being on a national scenic or historic trail? We have asked five trail advocates and leaders to share their stories of why they care about the trails and the work of the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS). Your interest in the 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. Stay tuned for inspiring stories written by people passionate about the trails, and consider joining the Supporter Program today and during this campaign. Thank you for your interest in the trails and the Partnership!
Several national scenic and historic trails participated in National Trails Day on June 1. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, for example, started its activities a day early to engage with local students near the trail's eastern terminus in Elkin, NC. NPS staff and members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association led more than 50 high school students through stations, sharing the story of the Kings Mountain campaign and how their local area played a pivotal role in gathering the eastern group of Patriot soldiers. Other activities held for the public from May 31-June 1 included colonial games, live music, living history demonstrations, guided hikes, trail presentations, and a street fair along Main Street.
The National Park Service is accepting applications for technical assistance with locally-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects through its Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Consult with NPS staff about your proposal in advance.
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.
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is seeking public land sites to serve as National Public Lands Day (September 28, 2019) Highlighted Sites. Each site will receive a sponsorship package worth an estimated $1,500.
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.
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.
Latino Conservation Week • July 13-21, 2019 Ice Age Trail University • July 18-21, 2019 Nez Perce Trail Foundation's Summer Educational Trail Tour • July 19-28, 2019 Oregon-California Trails Association Convention • September 3-8, 2019 Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium • September 25-28, 2019 National Public Lands Day • September 28, 2019 National Wilderness Workshop • October 23-26, 2019 view all