News of the past month and what's ahead In this edition:
Congressional and Land & Water Conservation Fund Updates
Upcoming Webinars: February 11th
PNTS Welcomes Karen Crossley and Kathy DeCoster
PNTS Awards 13 Intern Grants to National Scenic and Historic Trails
Hike the Hill: Last Chance to Register
Register for Gary Werner's Retirement Reception by February 3rd
National Trails Workshops Announced: May and October 2020 (note location change)
Funding, Scholarship, and Award Opportunities
We Need Your Help to Bridge the Gaps in the National Trails System
Congressional and LWCF Update
Work continues to convince Congress to vote on the LWCF Permanent Funding ActS.1081and the companion House bill H.R.3195.These bills require annual appropriation of the full $900 million authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). S.1081 is cosponsored by 50 Senators and H.R.3195 has 233 cosponsors. Over 170 democrat representatives supporting H.R.3195 have sent a letter urging Speaker Pelosi and House leaders to promptly bring the bill to a vote. Congress has only appropriated the full authorized $900 million for the LWCF several times over the 55 year history of this most important conservation program. If these bills become law, the authorized $900 million must be appropriated annually with 40% of the money allocated for land acquisition by Federal agencies, another 40% allocated to all the States by formula, and the remaining 20% to be allocated by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. A percentage of the Federal allocation would be directed toward increasing recreational access to public lands, such as acquiring land to close trail gaps.
Title: The Role of Volunteers in Today's Forest Service: What Should Volunteers Do/Not Do Presenter: Kevin Cannon Date and Time: Tuesday, February 11th at 3PM EST Overview: Kevin Cannon, recently retired from the Forest Service, will talk about his experience working with volunteers in northern Colorado over the last 20 years. He plans to discuss things volunteers do very well, things that volunteers should not do, and tips to make volunteer experiences exceptional.Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
Partnership supporters attending Hike the Hill activities in Washington, D.C. will see at least one new face and one very familiar face in a new role. Interim Executive Director Karen Crossley and Advocacy and Policy Director Kathy DeCoster started their new positions with the Partnership for the National Trails System, effective January 21, 2020, and will be active participants during Hike the Hill, February 8-13. “We are fortunate to have these two professionals joining the PNTS team during the crucial months ahead,” said Barney Mann, PNTS President. “Our members, agency partners, and affiliates can be confident that we are in capable hands.”
The Partnership for the National Trails System, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service, is pleased to announce grant recipients for their 2020 National Trails System Intern Grants. Thirteen grants totaling $129,899 were awarded in 2020. Each grant awarded was approximately $10,000. These grants will be matched with over $87,431 in partner non-Federal cash funds, $999,103 of in-kind contributions, and $145,987 in other Federal funds. These grant opportunities will help to strengthen the capacity of the organizations and agencies to help administer and manage the national scenic and historic trails. Click below to see the list of recipients.
There is still time to register for Hike the Hill®, a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trails System and the American Hiking Society, which will take place in Washington, D.C. from February 8-13, 2020. A preliminary schedule for Hike the Hill is now available on our website, and a more detailed schedule will be made available to registrants. The Washington Plaza Hotel in northwest D.C. will once again serve as the Hike the Hill headquarters hotel.
What: PNTS Executive Director Gary Werner's Retirement Reception When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2020 (During Hike the Hill weekend) Where:Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005 Cost: $45 (includes hors d'oeuvres and contribution to a group gift for Gary) Registration deadline: February 3rd
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 Spartanburg, South 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
Women in Parks Grant
The National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation (NPF) are excited to announce a request for proposals for the Women In Parks Innovation and Impact Grant program funded by the NPF, as a way to increase awareness about the 19th Amendment’s centennial and highlight stories of women who continue to shape our world.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands.The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health.
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 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 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 River Management Symposium • May 12-15, 2020 National Trails Workshop - New Mexico • May 18-21, 2020 National Trails Workshop - South Carolina • October 26-30, 2020 view all