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

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Upcoming PNTS Webinar: May 14, 2019
  • PNTS Has A New Address
  • AHS National Trails Day Event Registration Open
  • Board Member Fundraising Webinar: April 9, 2019
  • Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
    • ​North Face Explore Fund: April 2, 2019
    • NPS Challenge Cost Share Program: April 8, 2019
    • Emerging Leaders Program: April 21, 2019
    • Network for Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund: April 26, 2019

Congressional Update: President Signs S.47 and Proposes Zero Funding for LWCF for FY 2020

In early March, the President signed S. 47 - John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act into law. This Omnibus Public Lands Act permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and authorized the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act, and the Eastern Legacy Extension of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail among its many provisions. Within days of signing the most significant public lands legislation since 2009, the President released the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. As in the two previous years, this budget proposes to provide zero funding for LWCF and an 11% across the board cut for the Department of the Interior, along with similar levels of cuts for the other domestic departments of the federal more


PNTS/NWSA Webinar: May 14

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 webinar is being held in partnership with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

The Partnership for the National Trails System is in the process of updating the 2019 webinar schedule, so be sure to check our website often. Are you interested in being a webinar presenter or do you have a topic to suggest? Send us an e-mail at


PNTS Has A New Address

The Partnership for the National Trails System has moved offices! We ask that you please update your mailing lists to reflect our new address:

Partnership for the National Trails System
306 E. Wilson St. Suite 2E
Madison, WI 53703


National Trails Day Event Registration

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.


Board Member Fundraising Webinar: April 9

Title: How to Get Your Board Members to Raise Money in Only 15 Minutes Per Month
Presenters: Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, and Arielle Frazier, Candid
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 9th at 2PM EST
Overview: Do you ever wish your board members helped with fundraising? Learn simple strategies to engage your board members in only fifteen minutes per month. Whether you need board members to help raising major gifts, or with a capital campaign, this free webinar will help you engage your board members every step of the way.


Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities

Explore Fund Grants

Nonprofits may apply for up to $25,000 in funding through the North Face Explore Fund. Grants are offered for projects in three categories: Creating a Community of New Explorers by supporting underrepresented communities in outdoor adventures, Protecting Wild Places by creating connections between people and the land, and Move Mountains to elevate women leaders.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 2nd 

Challenge Cost Share Program

The National Park Service encourages partnership projects that increase and enhance recreational access and enjoyment of our lands and waters, and that protect them for future generations. The Challenge Cost Share Program will award up to $25,000 for each project, and selected partners must match funds 1-1 with their own funds or in-kind support. Application must be submitted by NPS staff.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 8th

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 

Emerging Leaders Program

The Center for Jackson Hole announced that applications for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program are now open. The program prepares a diverse group of outdoor recreationists, ages 21-30, to help engage in discussions critical to the protection of public lands at the SHIFT Festival and beyond. 

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 21st


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:

Ice Age Trail Alliance Conference • April 11-14, 2019
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

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In The News:

The 'Wild' Effect? Why Hiking is Surging in Popularity in the U.S.
Women of Color are Closing the Adventure Gap

Lewis and Clark NHT Extended 1,200 Miles
President Signs Bill Permanently Reauthorizing LWCF 

Pittsburgh Recognized as Starting Point for Lewis and Clark Expedition
What a Broad, Bipartisan Public Lands Bill Means for the American Wilderness 
Podcast: Iditarod. Did You? 
Wellness Benefits of Children Spending Time on Trails



Job Postings:

Trails Inventory Data Collection Intern • ACE
Major Gifts Officer • Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Trail Crew • Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
Conservation Program Associate • Hispanic Access Foundation
Trails Coordinator • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
North Country NST Superintendent • National Park Service
Overland Journal Editor • Oregon-California Trail Association
Trail Crew Members • Pacific Northwest Trail Association
Corporate and Community Engagement Coordinator • SCA
Wilderness Specialist • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
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Do you have an upcoming event, news story, or job posting that is not listed above?
Send us an e-mail at


Partnership for the National Trails System
306 E Wilson, Suite 2E,  | Madison, Wisconsin  53703
608-249-7870 |

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