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! 


PNTS Upcoming Webinar

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.


Save the Date for Hike the Hill

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, 2020The 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.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 8th

Matching Awards Program

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)


We Need Your Help!

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 helpThere 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.


Upcoming Events:

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

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In The News:

Cox Conserves Heroes National Winner Donates $60,000 Prize to Appalachian Trail
El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT Looks to Connect Austin to San Antonio
You Can Now Hike the Appalachian Trail Virtually
Finding, Documenting Real Life Along the Ice Age Trail
Outdoor Recreation is Growing Faster Than the Overall U.S. Economy
Video: Stories of the Gila with Rep. Xochitl Torres Small #FacesoftheContinentalDivide


Job Postings:

AmeriCorps Coordinator • California Conservation Corps
Trails Stewardship Program Manager • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Communications and Outreach Specialist • Idaho Trails Association 
Finance and Operations Manager • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

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