News of the past month and what's ahead In this edition:
Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
Upcoming PNTS Webinar: November 5th
Save the Date for Hike the Hill: February 8-13, 2020
2020 National Trails Workshops Announced
Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
We Need Your Help to Bridge the Gaps in the National Trails System
Congressional and LWCF Update
The Senate has begun debating 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 House level is 20% more than Congress appropriated for FY 2019 and the highest funding level since 2003. A bipartisan LWCF amendment has been filed in the Senate to the FY 2020 Interior Appropriations bill. The amendment, cosponsored by Sens. Gardner (R-CO), Tester (D-MT), Daines (R-MT), Bennet (D-CO), Burr (R-NC), Shaheen (D-NH), Collins (R-ME) and Heinrich (D-NM), would provide full funding for LWCF at $900 million in FY 2020. Please thank the cosponsors directly and on social media!
Title: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 2 Presenter: The Avarna Group Date and Time: Tuesday, November 5th at 2PM EDT Overview: If you feel like you’ve been talking about JEDI but don’t know how to walk the talk, this webinar will help guide you to action. We consider the universe of JEDI strategies (from partnerships to training to hiring to program and advocacy), and map these strategies out on a 4-quadrant framework that frames out internal and external strategies as well as individual and institutional strategies. We discuss this online framework. You will leave the webinar with a map that can help you identify priorities for your organization and areas where you need more support. Hosted by the PNTS, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails.
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 in late November.
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
Capacity Building Assistance
The National Park Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the Friends Alliance and the National Park Service (NPS), is accepting applications from all philanthropic NPS partners for the 2020 cohort of the Strong Parks, Strong Communities Strategic Growth Initiative (focused on organizational capacity building). The national scenic and historic trails connect with more than 80 national parks, and your trail organization may be eligible to apply.
The National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program provides funding for on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. The national scenic and historic trails connect with more than 80 national forests, and your trail organization may be eligible to apply. An informational webinar will be held Friday, December 13th.
Application Deadlines: January 16, 2020 (round 1) and June 9, 2020 (round 2)
Maybe you have experienced an abrupt trail ending at a road with no way forward or wished that the story of the trail you were on could be brought to life in real time. That’s why we need your help. There are real gaps in the national scenic and historic trails on the ground and in the management resources that impact your trail experience. Please consider a generous end of year gift to help bridge the gaps in our work.
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 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