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

  • Advocacy and LWCF Updates
  • National Trails Workshop Slides Available
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Trails Community Resources: How Outdoor Companies Can Back Up Their DEI Pledges
  • Recreate Responsibly: Winter Guidelines
  • Scholarships, Grants, Awards, and Other Opportunities
  • #GivingTuesday: Double Your Impact in December! 

Advocacy and LWCF Updates

  • S.1695 - PNTS Trails Coalition Opposition: The Partnership for the National Trails System and other conservation groups submitted comments on November 17th to the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests & Mining - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in strong opposition to "Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act." S.1695, by Senator Mike Lee of Utah, would allow mountain bikes in designated wilderness and would weaken wilderness protections. Special thanks to Randy Rasmussen and Mark Larabee for their work on the letter and to Randy for submitting it.
  • Trail Coalition FY21 Conference Recommendations: A coalition of trail related organizations submitted recommendations November 13th regarding funding levels and report language currently included in either the House or Senate versions of the legislation to the conference committee. Special thanks to Tyler Ray and others for writing and submitting this letter.

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National Trails Workshop Slides Available

More than 200 people attended, presented, sponsored, and/or supported the Partnership for the National Trails System’s first Virtual Workshop, held October 21-29, 2020. The slideshows and power points from the sessions where they were used are now available on the PNTS workshop secure website. These will be available to workshop attendees through the site until February when they will be made available to the public. Recordings from the sessions are not yet available.


The Partnership for the National Trails System will share additional webinars hosted by other organizations on its webinar page. Registration information and costs may vary. Since spring, this has included dozens of COVID-19 and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion related webinars and virtual town hall meetings. Some recordings are also available.

Upcoming Webinars

Measuring the Impact of Shared Stewardship: Tools for Measuring Success
December 3rd at 2-3:30PM EST
Hosted by National Forest Foundation.

Ensuring the Durability of Shared Stewardship Longterm
December 7th at 2-3:30PM EST
Hosted by National Forest Foundation.

National Trails: A Look at Trail Designations Within the National Trails System
December 8th at 3PM EST
Hosted by National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

The Path Ahead: A Post-Election Discussion with Sen. Tim Kaine
December 8th at 7PM EST
Hosted by Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


NEW: How Outdoor Companies Can Back Up Their DEI Pledges (September 2020) by Kai Lightner, who shares his experiences as a Black professional climber and maps out how the outdoor community can build successful diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Trails Community Resources

The Partnership for the National Trails System provides free tools to the trails community, including COVID-19 updates, diversity and inclusion resources, and a forum where partners can discuss a wide range of topics -- such as trail planning, programming, policies, volunteerism, and outreach. Since June, PNTS has been compiling diversity and inclusion tools for allies, recent statements, and points of view to help us all become more aware, informed, and better equipped to take action. Please join us. If you would like something shared to these pages, please email


Recreate Responsibly

Are you in the know for snow? Winter is a beautiful time, but with the new season comes new challenges and safety considerations to take into account. The Recreate Responsibly Coalition wants everyone to be able to enjoy this incredible time of year and to stay safe while doing it. Check out these tips to gauge your winter safety awareness, and do your research to #RecreateResponsibly.


Scholarships, Grants, Awards, and Other Opportunities

  • U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Advisory Group: Inquire to Kelly Pearson by January 6, 2021
    • The Advisory Group is exploring ideas for managing first time wilderness users during the pandemic. Members of the Welcome to Wilderness Team are soliciting your new ideas or existing current content for priority messaging to help inform visitors as they plan their visit to designated wilderness for the first time. Priority messaging includes: Ethics, Behavior and Impacts on the Wilderness Resource; Wilderness Awareness, Wilderness Values; Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. The intent is to integrate and share out positive messaging with partners and groups using social media.
  • National Forest Foundation 2021 Matching Awards Program: Round 1 Due January 13, 2021

Double Your Impact by Giving in December!

On December 1, we recognize the impact that your generosity makes during #GivingTuesday. With 55,000 miles touching each state in the nation, the National Trails System connects us. And despite being physically distanced this year, we still found ways to remain in touch and work and learn collaboratively, especially through our National Trails Virtual Workshop this fall.

Please make a gift today to the Partnership for the National Trails System! Now, more than ever, the trails community needs the Partnership as a collective voice for the National Trails System; as a hub of information and education; and, as a resource provider. And we need you.

PS - If you make a gift today or before the end of the year, several generous donors have stepped forward to match your gift. You will be able to double (2X) the impact of your gift up to a total of $5,000. Thank you!

Donations to the Partnership for the National Trails System will help bring more trails, scenic and historic, to you. Your tax-deductible contribution will help scenic and historic trail stewards work together with communities to put the trails on local maps and find creative ways to tell the trails’ stories. We thank you!


Upcoming Events:

Outdoor Retailer Winter Online (various dates) •  January 6 - March 19, 2021
Public Lands Alliance Virtual Convention and Trade Show • February 9-12, 2021
Professional Trail Builders Association Sustainable Trails Conference • March 7-13, 2021
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Virtual Conference • March 22-23, 2021
River Management Symposium • May 18-21, 2021
38th Annual Oregon-California Trails Association Convention • September 12-16, 2021
Trails & Outdoor Recreation Summit (ITS) • September 13-17, 2021
Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium (200th Anniversary) • September 23-26, 2021

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In The News:


Job Postings:

Coronavirus is affecting seasonal hiring across the country. Contact the organization you wish to work for directly in order to determine their hiring process.

ACE Pacific West Division Director • American Conservation Experience
VARIOUS POSITIONS • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Field Coordinator • Arizona Trail Association
Backcountry Trails Corpsmember • Backcountry Trails Program
Trail and Stewardship Crew Leaders • Colorado Mountain Club
Field Coordinator, Trails Program • Connecticut Forest and Park Association
Field Coordinator • Maine Conservation Corps
OCTA Western Regional Representative • Oregon-California Trails Association 
GIS Specialist • Pacific Crest Trail Association 
Program Manager • Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative
Recreation Management Specialists • U.S. Forest Service

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