News of the past month and what's ahead In this edition:
Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
Upcoming Webinar: December 10th
Trail Town Program Survey Due December 6th
PNTS Relaunching Volunteer Coordinator Working Group: December 17th
Fall Issue of Pathways Across America
Save the Date for Hike the Hill: February 8-13, 2020
National Trails Workshops Announced: May and October 2020
Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
Show Your Support for National Trails on Giving Tuesday: December 3rd
Congressional and LWCF Update
In early November, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill, which provides $465 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This amount is only $15 million more than was appropriated for FY 2019 and is considerably less than the $524 million for LWCF provided in the FY 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill passed by the House in mid-June. The FY 2020 Senate Interior Appropriations Bill also provides different amounts of money to fund the operations of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service than provided by the House Bill. The differences between the Senate and House bills will be reconciled by a Conference Committee later this year. Meanwhile, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up and voted for passage of the LWCF Permanent Funding ActS.1081. This bill and the companion House bill -- H.R.3195 -- require annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the LWCF. S.1081 is cosponsored by 50 Senators and H.R.3195 now has 233 cosponsors. With both bills voted out of committee, work is underway to bring them to a vote in the House and Senate.
Title: Successful Volunteer Recruiting Presenter: Katie Currier, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards; Alivia Acosta, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Ken Norden, U.S. Forest Service; Kellie Flowers, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Date and Time: Tuesday, December 10th at 3PM EST Overview: Volunteers play a vital role in the stewardship of our public lands but recruitment of these volunteers can be time consuming and challenging. Learn about the challenges, strategies and success stories of volunteer recruitment from other stewardship professionals across the country. Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
As part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is producing a series of case studies to support the awareness and understanding of the national trails. The next topic PNTS intends to explore is how national trail organizations collaborate and connect with local communities through their Trail Town/Gateway Community or similar programs. Please complete this short 7-question survey on behalf of your trail organization to help PNTS refine the scope of this case study by Friday, December 6.
Volunteer Working Group You’re invited to join a session of the PNTS Volunteer Coordinator Working Group on Tuesday, December 17th at 4PM EST.This relaunch of the working group will also include a “tour” of Arizona Trail Association’s new volunteer management tool, Galaxy Get Connected. As we reinvigorate this group, we also hope that you’ll provide your input on your needs and availability for planning future sessions.
Mark your calendars: Hike the Hill®, a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trails System and the American Hiking Society, will take place in Washington, D.C. from February 8-13, 2020. The Washington Plaza Hotel in northwest D.C. will once again serve as the Hike the Hill® headquarters hotel. We have negotiated reasonable rates for this area and have streamlined the reservation procedure for your convenience. Check our website for more information to come later in December.
2020 National Trails Workshops
Join fellow staff, volunteers, and agency partners for the 2020 National Trails Workshops (previously scenic and historic trail workshops) to be held at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, May 18-21, hosted by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and in Morganton, North Carolina, October 26-30, hosted by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. Topics may include trail and corridor protection and management, field program administration, organization development, JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) practices, and community outreach. Additional information will be coming soon to this webpage.
Please note: Although they may be hosted by a scenic or historic trail, both workshops are open to anyone within our trails community who finds the content relevant.
Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
AHS NextGen Trail Leaders
American Hiking Society (AHS) is looking for rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country (ages 18-40) to join AHS for a year of advocacy and stewardship opportunities through its 2020 NextGen Trail Leaders class. The program includes a trip to Hike the Hill in Washington, D.C.
Temper of The Times Foundation is accepting applications for its Wildland Ecosystem Grants. Awards are typically between $5,000 and $15,000 and are for projects that seek to make measurable improvements to wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration.
Safe Routes to Parks is looking to help get your community to parks in a better and safer manner. Grantee communities of the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program will work with Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff to develop action plans aimed at improving safe, equitable access to local parks in their communities.
The Environmental Protection Agency has opened an application pool to support “locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues.” These grants aim to help teach audiences the skills needed to make educated choices for a healthy environment in their lives.
Donations to the Partnership for the National Trails System will help us complete and sustain the National Trails System. Your tax-deductible 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.
Hike the Hill 2020 • February 8-13, 2020 35th Annual Corps Network National Conference • February 9-12, 2020 Oregon-California Trails Association Symposium • February 21-23, 2020 Professional Trail Builders Association Sustainable Trails Conference • March 15-21, 2020 PAEE/PRPS Joint Conference and Expo • March 17-20, 2020 Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference • April 23-26, 2020 American Planning Association National Planning Conference • April 25-28, 2020 SORP National Outdoor Recreation Conference • April 27-30, 2020 National Trails Workshop - New Mexico • May 18-21, 2020 National Trails Workshop - North Carolina • October 26-30, 2020 view all