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

  • Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
  • Upcoming PNTS Webinar: September 18th
  • Save the Date for Hike the Hill: February 8-13, 2020
  • 2020 National Trails Workshops Announced
  • Executive Director Update from the PNTS Transition Task Force
  • Workshop Proposals Due for The Corps Network National Conference: November 1st 

Congressional Update

Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government agencies through November 21, 2019, and to give more time to complete the 12 FY 2020 appropriations bills. The Senate Appropriations Committee has also reported out the FY 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill providing $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. Meanwhile, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition continues to urge members of Congress to cosponsor the LWCF Permanent Funding Act, H.R.3195 and S.1081. These bills require annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and are companion bills. The goal is to convince 25 more Representatives and at least two more Senators to cosponsor the appropriate bill. 


PNTS Upcoming Webinar

Title: What Keeps Wilderness Stewardship Volunteers Coming Back?
Presenter: Rebecca Niemiec, Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department, Colorado State University
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 8th at 3PM EDT
Overview: A key challenge that many wilderness stewardship organizations face is how to increase retention rates of volunteers. While many research studies have examined what motivates people to first start volunteering, much less is known about what keeps volunteers coming back over time. This webinar reports on studies that examine best practices for enhancing retention rates among wilderness stewardship organizations, as well as provides suggestions for strategies these organizations can use to appeal to personal and social motivations. 
Hosted by the PNTS, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails.


Save the Date for Hike the Hill

Mark your calendars: Hike the Hill 2020, 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
Please stay tuned for additional announcements. 


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 in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, May 18-21, hosted by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and Morganton, North Carolina, October 26-30, hosted by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. Topics will include trail land acquisition, management, administration, development, and community outreach. Additional information will be coming soon.

Please note: The new name National Trails Workshops is replacing both National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails Workshops moving forward. 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.   


PNTS Transition Task Force Update 

Bill Martin with the PNTS Transition Task Force reports:

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) will retain the services of an interim executive director as a bridge between the retirement of long-time Executive Director Gary Werner (scheduled for February 2020) and the hire of a permanent, full-time executive director. In addition, PNTS will move its national headquarters from Madison, WI, where it has been located for nearly three decades, to the Washington, D.C. area (planned for late 2020). Both decisions were made by the PNTS Board of Directors following recommendations from a Board-appointed Transition Task Force (TTF), which was established earlier this year to help guide the organization through a time of change and opportunity. 


Workshop Proposals Due Nov. 1

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, youth development, national service, and resource management. The 35th annual event, Thrive: The Power of Community, will take place February 9-12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Workshop proposals are due November 1, 2019, and organizers will be prioritizing workshops that include interactive elements and creative formats.


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:

OVTA March to Kings Mountain • September 26 - October 7, 2019
Old Spanish Trail Association Annual Convention • October 10-13, 2019
El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT Association Annual Meeting • October 11-12, 2019
24th Annual National Trail of Tears Conference and Symposium • October 11-13, 2019 
Land Trust Alliance Rally 2019 National Land Conservation Conference • October 17-19, 2019
National Wilderness Workshop • October 23-26, 2019

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In The News:

Conservancy organizations rise up against e-bikes
This mom is going to hike across Arizona with her son on her back. Here's why
Natchez marker recalls Trail of Tears 
Arizona Trail Association volunteers install rainwater collector
New mobile app will help visitors experience Nez Perce NHT
Webinar: Conserving the North Country National Scenic Trail


Job Postings:

Operations Director • Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Transportation Specialist • Federal Highway Administration 
Central/South Central Trail Program Manager • Florida Trail Association

Think Outside position • Ice Age Trail Alliance
Communications and Outreach Specialist • Idaho Trails Association

Stewards AmeriCorps VISTA • North Country Trail Association
Chief Impact Officer • Washington Trails Association
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