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News of the past month and what's ahead

In this edition:

  • Advocacy and Policy Updates 
  • PNTS Next Gen Roundtable Launches May 19th
  • Upcoming PNTS Webinars Focus on How to Protect Trail Lands
  • Independent Sector Announces Increase in Value of Volunteer Hours
  • Webinars & Educational Opportunities
  • Arizona NST Hosts High-Profile Hikers
  • 237 Acres of Appalachian National Scenic Trail Viewshed Preserved
  • New England Trail Launches Mobile Hiking Guide
  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition Celebrates New Mexico Easement Just in Time for 2021 Trail Days
  • Comings and Goings
  • Scholarships, Grants, and Other Awards
  • Other Opportunities and Resources
 

Advocacy and Policy Updates

A panorama of the Capitol building in Washington, DC by Grzegorz Czajkowski

Photo courtesy of Grzegorz Czajkowski via FreeImages.com.

Capitol Hill is buzzing with activity just as parts of the U.S. anticipate the buzz of the soon-to emerge 17-year Brood X cicadas. While Congressional activity will have broader reaching and longer-term impact than the surfacing of the cicadas, both will contribute to an exciting Spring in Washington DC and for National Trails.

“Skinny” Budget

The Office of Management and Budget submitted President Biden’s discretionary funding request for Fiscal Year 2022, or a “skinny” budget to Congress in early April. While it represents only an element of the Administration’s broader agenda, it includes requests for funds to tackle the climate crisis as well as funds to facilitate climate mitigation, resilience, adaptation, and environmental justice projects in tribal nations. The more robust President’s Budget will be submitted later this spring.

A three-page media release outlining the Administration’s priorities and the full 58-page “skinny” budget document may be found here. 

Potential New National Scenic or Historic Trails 

Several bills that seek feasibility studies or designations of new National Scenic or Historic Trails have been or are expected to be introduced to Congress. 

  • Rep. Estes of Kansas sponsored H.R.2512 - To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Chisholm National Historic Trail and the Western National Historic Trail, and for other purposes while Sen. Moran sponsored S.1112, which also seeks to designate the Chisholm and Western Trails as National Historic Trails.
  • The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act sponsored by Rep, Carbajal of California seeks several land designations, including National Scenic Trail designation for the Condor Trail.
  • Sen. Murkowski of Alaska sponsored S.1354 - To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Chilkoot National Historic Trail and to provide for a study of the Alaska Long Trail, and for other purposes.
  • Rep. Fortenberry of Nebraska sponsored H.R.810 - To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

Other bills for potential trails previously introduced to the 116th Congress, such as H.R. 8240 that sought National Historic Trail designation for Route 66, are likely to resurface in the current Congress.

Secretary Haaland Issues Secretarial Orders on Climate Change and Transparency

Secretary Haaland issued two secretarial orders to prioritize action on climate change throughout the Department of the Interior and to support transparency and integrity in the Department’s decision-making processes. 

SO 3399 establishes a Climate Task Force to coordinate work across the Department, including accelerating renewable energy development and identifying actions to foster investments in energy communities. Secretary Haaland also issued SO 3398, which revokes a series of Secretarial Orders issued in recent years that are inconsistent with the Department’s commitment to protect public health; conserve land, water, and wildlife; and elevate science.

Read more about the Secretarial Orders here.

 

PNTS Next Gen Roundtable Launches May 19th

The first PNTS Next Generation Roundtable will take place on May 19th from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT. This roundtable will facilitate sharing about each next generation program to explore ideas for program improvement and connection of next generation individuals across PNTS member organizations. If you would like to be involved in this roundtable, please reach out to Cara Yendrzeski, PNTS Program Coordinator, at cara@pnts.org.

 

Upcoming PNTS Webinars Focus on How to Protect Trail Lands

PNTS will offer two webinars focused on trail land protection and resources available to help trail organizations protect lands. 

The first, called Land Acquisition 101, will take place on Thursday, May 13 from 4 PM to 5 PM EDT. During the live presentation, participants will hear from J.T. Horn from the Trust for Public Land and Joe Sobinovsky, Realty Specialist at the National Park Service National Trails Land Acquisition office in Martinsburg, WV, about how to begin the land acquisition process, what the process entails, and how LWCF money can be utilized in collaboration with your agency partners. Additionally, participants will learn what the role of a Land Trust is in the land acquisition process and how you can work alongside land trusts for successful acquisition.

The second webinar will focus on available resources and funding for land preservation with the National Park Foundation (NPF), The Conservation Fund (TCF), and the National Park Service (NPS). During this session, attendees will hear from Jenny Katz at the NPF as she discusses information about NPF’s due diligence grants; Reggie Hall with TCF, who will share about TCF’s Conservation Loans program; and Miriam Mazel from NPS who will discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund process and NPS land acquisition. Stay tuned for an announcement once a time and date have been established for this presentation.

Both webinars are free for PNTS Members; a $15 donation is requested of non-member attendees. There will be time at the end of each presentation to ask questions about the land conservation and acquisition resources discussed. 

Register for Land Acquisition 101 Here.

Independent Sector Announces Annual Increase in Value of Volunteer Hours

The new value of a colunteer hour is $28.54

On April 20, 2021, Independent Sector, in partnership with the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland, announced an increase in the value of a volunteer hour. Each volunteer hour now recorded nationally has an official valuation of $28.54 -- an increase of nearly 5 percent from last year. More information on this increase is available here.

 

Webinars & Educational Opportunities

In addition to webinars hosted by the Partnership for the National Trails System, we share additional webinars hosted by other organizations. 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.

How to Compete for RAISE Grants – Tribal and Rural Applicants
Tuesday, May 4, 1-3 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

The US Department of Transportation is holding multiple webinars on how organizations can apply for funding from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, Transportation Discretionary Grants program. This event will be geared specifically toward potential grantees that would qualify as tribal or rural applicants.
Hosted by USDOT
Register Here

GAOA, LWCF, and Improving Access to Green Space for Disadvantaged Communities 
Wednesday, May 5, 3-4 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

Representatives from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and National Park Service discuss how to leverage the Great American Outdoors Act and LWCF funds to improve outdoor access to underserved communities.
Hosted by NPS
Register Here

American Planning Association National Planning Virtual Conference 2021
May 5 - 7; Virtual
$325 registration fee for APA Members.

Join the planning community after a year like no other in the most immersive, energizing, and empowering NPC yet! Share experiences, address challenges, and get ideas designed for today’s needs.
Hosted by American Planning Association
Register Here

Introduction to Trail Planning (Part 1 of 3)
Thursday, May 6, 1-2:30 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

One part of a three-part series on the Introduction to Trail Planning, Design and Development, and Management. 
PART ONE: In the Introduction to Trail Planning we will discuss different types of trail plans including Master Plans Conceptual Plans, Development Plans and Management Plans.
Hosted by American Trails
Register Here

2021 Move United Education Conference
May 10 - 14; Virtual
Most sessions free; some require $10 fee.

The 2021 Move United Education Conference is ready to provide the tools and training to help demystify disability and make inclusion a reality. This year’s theme, “Join the Movement: Redefining the Reality of Adaptive vs. Inclusive Sport,” brings us together to lead this evolving narrative so that we leave no one on the sidelines. This unique opportunity aims to enable sports providers with the education, awareness, and skills to serve individuals with disabilities in both recreational and competitive sport opportunities.
Hosted by Move United
Register Here

2021 National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Webinar Series 
Tuesday, May 11, 3 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) Executive Director, Randy Welsh, will host this webinar describing the results of the 2021 Wilderness Stewardship Performance and National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding Programs. Statistics from both programs as well as insight into what made a good funded project will be shared. Several of the reviewers will be on hand to share their thoughts about the projects this year.
Hosted by NWSA
Click Here to Attend

Outdoor Recreation Policy / Equity: Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E Initiative; Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act; ORLP & more!
Wednesday, May 12, 1 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

Participants will dive into bills and policy initiatives related to equity in outdoor recreation. Specifically the session will cover the Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E Initiative; Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act; Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) and more!
Hosted by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Register Here

Integrating Trails into Park Planning
Thursday, May 13, 1-2:30 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

Attendees can expect to come away from this webinar with a toolbox of best practices and resources that get into the nitty gritty of how to understand trails as park elements, plan for their sustainable integration into existing and future parks, and build trails and trail networks as powerful tools for connecting your parks to the public.
Hosted by American Trails in partnership with the National Recreation and Parks Association
Register Here

Land Acquisition 101
Thursday, May 13, 4-5 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to PNTS Members. $15 suggested donation for non-members.

Participants will hear from J.T. Horn from the Trust for Public Land and Joe Sobinovsky, Realty Specialist at the National Park Service National Trails Land Acquisition office about how to begin the land acquisition process, what the process entails, how LWCF money can be utilized in collaboration with your agency partners, how you can work alongside land trusts for successful acquisition, and more. 
Hosted by PNTS
Register Here

Future of Landscape Conservation: Investments in science and networks for biodiversity, climate, and cultural conservation goals
Wednesday, May 19, 11 AM-12:30 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

Collaborative landscape conservation and stewardship is increasingly important as our country faces emerging challenges to address climate change, protect and restore biodiversity, create a more just and inclusive conservation paradigm, conserve working lands, and rebuild our economy. The purpose of this national forum is to convene leadership with diverse perspectives in a strategic conversation on the capacities and policies needed to develop and apply landscape scale science and planning.
Hosted by Network for Landscape Conservation
Register Here

Outdoor Recreation Policy // Land Water Conservation Fund
Wednesday, May 19, 1 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

With the passing of the Great American Outdoors Act in the 116th Congress, along came full and permanent funding of LWCF! This session will level set with a quick 101 of the program then shift focus primarily to the LWCF state & local assistance program - opportunities, challenges in scaling to the new funding levels, prospective updates to this amazing program established in 1965.
Hosted by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Register Here

Using LWCF's Forest Legacy Program to Improve Landscape Conservation
Wednesday, May 19, 3-4 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

Representatives from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and National Park Service (NPS) discuss how they are able to leverage important conservation areas both inside and outside National Park boundaries to win funds for land conservation.
Hosted by NPS
Register Here

2021 Virtual Summit for Arizona Trails
Wednesday, May 19, 7-9:30 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

This virtual Summit will include opportunities to learn from and interact with trail professionals and advocates from all over the state of Arizona.
Hosted by Network for AZ Trails
Fill Out This Survey to Learn More

How to Compete for RAISE Grants – Planning Grant Applicants
Thursday, May 20, 3-5 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

The US Department of Transportation is holding multiple webinars on how organizations can apply for funding from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, Transportation Discretionary Grants program. This event will focus on reviewing requirements for RAISE planning grant applications.
Hosted by USDOT
Register Here

National Wilderness Skills Institute
May 24 - 28; Virtual
Free to attend.

The National Wilderness Skills Institute is a modern training platform for those charged with the stewardship of our nation's Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers. Join wilderness professionals at the National Wilderness Skills Institute for skill building and professional development opportunities for those who engage in wilderness and wild and scenic rivers work. Connect with fellow stewards - agency, partnership staff, and volunteers across regions and the nation.  Courses will include skills-based training for all levels of experience. 
Hosted by Society for Wilderness Stewardship
Register Here
 

Outdoor Recreation Policy / Infrastructure
Wednesday, May 26, 1 PM EDT; Virtual
Free to attend.

The Biden Administration has put forth a major, multi-trillion dollar infrastructure package. How can outdoor recreation be at the table? Where is the intersection with outdoor recreation within the various components of the package? We'll round up the outdoor recreation policy experts to help us break down the opportunities!
Hosted by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
Register Here

 

Arizona NST Hosts High-Profile Hikers

Joe McConaughy clicks his heels to celebrate his FKT on the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

Joe McConaughy celebrates his FKT on the AZT.

Marine Corps vets Jared and Paul hit the AZT.

Marine Corps vets Jared and Paul hit the AZT.

Barney

Barney "Scout" Mann; all photos courtesy Arizona Trails Association Newsletter

The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) had a busy month in April while hosting several noteworthy hikers. A new record was set for the fastest known time for thru-hiking the trail by Joe McConaughy. McConaughy finished the roughly 800-mile trail in a jaw-dropping 13 days, 3 hours, and 3 minutes. 

The Arizona Trail (AZT) also hosted two Veteran thru-hikers as part of their sponsorship of the Warrior Hike Program and worked with the Native American Law Student Association at the University of Arizona to invite hikers to join them in exploring the AZT during the month of April to recognize “the ancestral lands upon which we hike, run, pedal and ride”.

And, finally, the Trail is the temporary home of  PNTS Board President Barney “Scout” Mann as he adds a thru-hike of the Arizona NST to his impressive repertoire of thru-hikes across the United States. You can follow Scout’s Trail Journal here to engage in a refreshing read and vicarious adventuring.

237 Acres of Appalachian National Scenic Trail Viewshed Preserved

A view. of the North Mountain region on the Appalachian NST.

Image courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

On April 7, 2021, The Conservation Fund and USDA Forest Service (USFS) announced the protection of 237 acres on North Mountain, which will be added to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The North Mountain site falls within the viewshed of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail near the popular McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs overlooks. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Wild East Action Fund and other sources, the partners were able to save critical habitat and iconic viewsheds by securing the land.

New England Trail Launches Mobile Hiking Guide

A screenshot of the Guthook Guide NET App.

Image courtesy NET.

The New England Trail (NET) announced the release of a new mobile hiking guide for the NET, created in partnership with Guthook Guides. Version 1.0 features the trail centerline, campsites, and major waypoints. Available for purchase and download via the Guthook Guides app, a portion of the purchase proceeds will go to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and the Appalachian Mountain Club to help support the trail.

Click here to learn more and to download the app.

Continental Divide Trail Coalition Celebrates New Mexico Easement Just in Time for 2021 Trail Days

Screenshot of the CDTC Trail Days webpage banner.

Screenshot of the CDTC Trail Days webpage banner.

A grant from the Conservation Alliance is going to allow the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) to acquire a permanently protected easement for the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) through New Mexico State Lands. This easement will allow the CDTC to install gates and signage and perform maintenance on the trail on state lands in New Mexico and will eliminate the requirement for hikers to get New Mexico State Land permits to access certain portions of the trail. The CDTC will also be adding a New Mexico Liaison position to work across the state to support the work of the CDTC.

The announcement came just as CDTC kicked off its annual Trail Days event, which will be held virtually this year between April 22 - May 21, 2021. Join them on Facebook Live every Thursday for “one-of-a-kind presentations that are sure to virtually transport you to the CDT, no matter how far away you may be!” The event also features a giveaway in which supporters who sign up for CDTC Membership during Trail Days can qualify to win thousands of dollars in gear from companies like Osprey, Salomon, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, and many more.

Learn more about CDT Trail Days, find a schedule of events, and sign up for membership here.

 

Comings and Goings

The new Co-Chairs for the PNTS Advocacy and Policy Committee will be Jennifer Tripp and Andrea Ketchmark

Photo courtesy Andrea Ketchmark.

Andrea has served as the Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) since 2017 and worked as NCTA’s Director of Trail Development since 2009. She has a degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University, where she fell in love with trails and connecting people to outdoor spaces. Prior to joining the NCTA, Andrea managed the Volunteer Vacations program for the American Hiking Society. In addition to her position with PNTS, she is on the Leadership Council of the Michigan Non-Motorized Advisory Workgroup and is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. Andrea lives near Lowell, Michigan and enjoys exploring the Trail and other outdoor spaces in Michigan and beyond.

Photo of Jennifer Tripp courtesy PCTA.

Jennifer currently serves as the Director of Trail Operations for the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA). She started with PCTA in 2007 as Coordinator of Volunteer Programs to help PCTA’s Regional Reps build and grow their volunteer programs. Before coming to the PCTA, Jennifer worked in Michigan for the North Country Trail Association as Director of Development and Communication and has a background in business and communications. When she’s not at home with her two cats, Puck and Bean, Jennifer enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring, in general.

Please join us in extending thanks to Morgan Somerville and Mike Dawson for their years of leadership as Past Advocacy and Policy Committee Co-Chairs.

USDA Forest Service Names Heather Provencio Acting Director of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers

The USDA Forest Service has announced that Heather Provencio will serve as acting Director of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers. According to the announcement, “She is currently the Forest Supervisor of the Kaibab National Forest in Kaibab, Arizona, serving in this capacity since 2015. Heather brings more than 15 years of leadership experience as a line officer serving as deputy forest supervisor of the White River National Forest in Colorado; district ranger on the Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest in Arizona; and various acting positions as deputy forest supervisor or district ranger...Heather’s formalized training started as an archaeologist and she joined the Forest Service as a co-op student in 1999.  Heather earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. “

The new Chair for the Conferences and Workshops Committee will be Valerie Bader

Photo of Valerie Bader courtesy NCTA.

Valerie serves as the Director of Trail Operations for the North Country Trail Association, where she is responsible for Trailwide Chapter and Affiliate leadership support and comprehensive trail management, including project funding, advocacy, agency and private partnerships and trail protection. Valerie joined the NCTA in 2018 as the Director of Trail Development. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and now resides in her home state of Pennsylvania with her husband Max. Valerie previously worked in the National Trail System with the Pacific Crest Trail Association and Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and has worked on trails across the U.S. with various nonprofit trail groups, volunteer organizations, and youth corps. She loves spending time in the field with volunteers and teaching trail skills. In her free time, Val enjoys hiking, paddling and gardening.

Thank you to Andrea Ketchmark for all your hard work as Past Chair.

The 2021 Fall Workshop Co-Chairs will be RG Absher and Valerie Bader

Special thanks to RG for chairing the committee two years in a row.


Craig Baker Joins PNTS as Communications and Development Manager

Craig Baker of Tucson, Arizona has joined PNTS as the organization’s new Communications and Marketing Manager. Craig has a degree in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from the University of Arizona and has worked as a journalist and marketing specialist for a wide array of publications and businesses for more than a decade. He looks forward to putting his talents to work for the benefit of the National Trails System.


National Park Service Appoints Tracy Swartout Superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway

The NPS announced that Tracy Swartout has been selected to be the new superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway. From the announcement, “Swartout is a 21-year veteran of the National Park Service. Since 2012, Swartout has served as the deputy superintendent at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, where she was responsible for operations and leadership at the iconic 250,000-acre national park with designated wilderness, six affiliated tribes and a complex National Historic Landmark District...Prior to her move out west, Swartout served as the superintendent for Congaree National Park in South Carolina...Swartout was recognized as the southeast region’s Superintendent of the Year in 2012.”


White House Appointments

The White House announced its intent to nominate Tommy Beaudreau as Deputy Secretary of the Interior and Shannon Estenoz as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

 

Scholarships, Grants, and Other Awards

Deadline - May 7, 2021: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of up to $6 million in grant funding under The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program and The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. These grants are intended to provide support to vulnerable and overburdened communities disproportionately affected by environmental health risks. Applicants should plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2021. More information is available here.
 

Deadline - June 9, 2021: The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce that it is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP). MAP is a national, competitive grant program that provides federal funds for on-the-ground projects benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands.
 

Deadline - July 12, 2021: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 appropriated $1 billion to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for National Infrastructure Investment grants. This program, formerly known as TIGER and later as BUILD, is now called the “Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity,” or “RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants program.” Funds for the FY 2021 RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for planning and capital projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The FY 2021 RAISE Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and related information, including initial FAQs, is now available on the RAISE website. The application deadline is July 12, 2021 at 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The NOFO is expected to be published in the Federal Register by Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Questions can be submitted to RAISEgrants@dot.gov. To provide technical assistance to stakeholders, DOT plans to host a series of webinars during the FY 2021 RAISE grant application period. For more information and to register, please visit the RAISE webinar series webpage at https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/outreach.

 

Other Opportunities and Resources

Race to the Board (R2B) is Now Recruiting for the Black Candidate Network: R2B is seeking Black content and technical experts across all industries whose profiles, track record, availability, and capacities make them gainful potential contributors to a shift in the leadership trajectory of the environmental and conservation field through board engagement. Individuals can submit an expression of interest here.

Free Custom Consulting Available from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC): As part of their Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit, VOC is offering 3 free hours of consulting services to eligible organizations. In their custom consulting program, VOC works with you one-on-one: tell them what area of program development or project management you need help with, and they’ll leverage their organization's nearly 40 years of experience to provide insights and solutions. To get started, complete this short self-assessment and contact Dan Williams at dan@voc.org or 303-715-1010 ext. 117 to learn more about how you can take advantage of this program for free.

Volunteer Outdoor Stewardship During COVID-19 Guide: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) recently published the “Volunteer Outdoor Stewardship During COVID-19 Guide”, which offers groups, agencies, and nonprofit organizations with generalized, yet relevant information on how to effectively and safely engage volunteers in the outdoors during the pandemic. The Guide is free to download and includes guidelines and examples from VOC’s 2020 field season. Learn more and download the Guide through VOC’s Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit here.

New Collaborative Support Tools by the U.S. Forest Service's National Collaboration Cadre: The National Forest Foundation (NFF) recently posted several collaborative support tools produced by the U.S. Forest Service’s National Collaboration Cadre to their tool library. With on-the-ground work still being impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, collaboratives have become an even more important tool to get work done. These free documents are great starting points.

2021 New Outdoor Participant Special Report: New outdoor participants, due in part to the COVID-19 restrictions, represent an unprecedented opportunity to grow and diversify the outdoor community. To capitalize on this opportunity, we need to better understand these participants. The Outdoor Industry Association commissioned this one-time special report to share exclusive insights about Americans’ engagement in outdoor activities. Visit the project page to access the report.

Assessment of Early Implementation of the Shared Stewardship Strategy: Researchers at the Public Lands Policy Group at Colorado State University and the University of Georgia, are jointly conducting a five-year study to understand Shared Stewardship perspectives from agency leadership, state officials, land managers, and other stakeholders. This report captures the first phase of work from 2020, which involved 21 national and 96 state-level interviews across nine states in the West. Visit the project page to access the report.

Free access to Foundation Directory Online: Attention Grant Seekers! The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, VA is pleased to announce that we now offer nonprofit organizations free access to Foundation Directory Online, including one-to-one, customized support and training for nonprofits using this comprehensive database of funders and grant opportunities. Get more information and sign up for free access here.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Complete Map of All Nationwide Projects: At last, a comprehensive nationwide map of all LWCF investments across the program’s entire history. All ten subprograms. Project-level data. Over 150,000 individual data points in total. From Utqiaġvik, Alaska—the northernmost municipality in the US—to Key West, we finally have the full receipts to show definitively and visually that LWCF has touched every corner of America. Zoom in—and I mean way, WAY in—and let it blow your mind. Click here to view the map.

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 2020, 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 liz@pnts.org.

 

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