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 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.


Photo Credit: Heather Anderson

PNTS Supporter Program

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!


Photo Credit: NPS

National Trails Day Events

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.


Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Community Assistance Program

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.

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30th

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

Highlighted Sites Sponsorship

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.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 17th

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


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:

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

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In The News:

Longest Hiking Trail in The Nation Connects Minnesota, Wisconsin Trails
Video: Follow the Yellow Blazes for Your Next Adventure
NASA Seeks Citizen Scientists to Track Historical Trail
Advancing the Legacy of Our National Parks

Planning Toolkit: Latino Conservation Week
Pinnacles Gateway Partners Welcome de Anza Trail Superintendent
Thru-Hiking the 1,100-Mile Florida Trail With My Blind Dog
Last Cherokee Survivor of Trail of Tears to be Honored
National Historic Trails Landmark Scotts Bluff is 100
Marine Helps Vets Overcome PTSD on Months-Long Wilderness Excursions
Real Native History in a Video Game
21 Ways to Make Our Trails Better
12 Tips for Taking Your Tween or Teen Backpacking
Podcast: Bernadette Murray Gearing Up for PCT Through-Ride 50 Years Later


Job Postings:

Executive Director • Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
Outreach and Communications Coordinator • Northeast Wilderness Trust
Conservation Corps Manager • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Gateway Communities Coordinator • Florida Trail Association 

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