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Memorandum of Understanding for Trails Training - 2011

 

Final Memorandum of Understanding for the National Trails Training Partnership among agencies and organizations pending signing (as of May 2011).

NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

among the

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest Service

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
United States Army Corps of Engineers

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration

and

AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATIONS
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY
AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL
AMERICAN TRAILS
AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION
ASSOCIATION OF PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PROFESSIONALS
BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN OF AMERICA
EQUINE LAND CONSERVATION RESOURCE
INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BICYCLING ASSOCIATION
LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE TRAIL ADMINISTRATORS
NATIONAL CENTER ON ACCESSIBILITY
NATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE CONSERVATION COUNCIL
NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS CLEARINGHOUSE
NORTH AMERICAN WATER TRAILS, INC.
PARTNERSHIP FOR THE NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM
PROFESSIONAL TRAILBUILDERS ASSOCIATION
RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY
STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
THE CORPS NETWORK
TREAD LIGHTLY!
UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS

This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is entered into by:

1. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service (FS); United States Department of the Army, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); and United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Agencies,” and

2. The American Canoe Association (ACA), American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), American Hiking Society (AHS), American Horse Council (AHC), American Rivers (AR), American Trails (AmTr), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR), International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT), National Association of State Trail Administrators (NASTA), National Center on Accessibility (NCA), National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC), Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS), Professional Trailbuilders Association (PTBA), Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Student Conservation Association (SCA), The Corps Network (TCN), Tread Lightly! (TL!), and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), hereinafter referred to collectively as the “National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP).”

The Agencies and the NTTP are collectively referred to as “the Parties.”

A. PURPOSE

The purpose of this MOU is to develop and expand a framework of cooperation among the Parties at the national, regional, State, and local levels for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects, activities, and programs for workforce development, training, and education associated with trails and related outdoor recreation and transportation activities. These projects, activities, and programs will make quality training more available to the nationwide trails community, as well as complement the respective missions of the Parties and serve the mutual interests of the Parties and the public. The Parties are committed to providing and promoting training and informational resources to provide high-quality educational and training opportunities to Federal employees, Tribal governments, State and local governmental agencies, members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations, trail contractors, and other trail partners.

This MOU builds upon two previous agreements among nonprofit supporters of NTTP dated 2003 and a 6 agency MOU “To Promote Trails Training and Trails Resource Information Exchange” signed in 2004. Combining these earlier documents into one MOU and adding clarity and structure highlights the unique partnership that has been established through the years for the future of the trails community.

Trails may be located on public and private lands. In this MOU, the term “public lands” refers to lands managed by Federal, State, or local governmental agencies, and may refer to special districts such as regional governmental agencies or public utilities.

B. AUTHORITY

This agreement is entered into under the following authorities:

FS

Organic Administration Act of 1897 (16 U.S.C. 551)
Multiple Use–Sustained Yield Act of 1960 (16 U.S.C. 528-531)
National Trails System Act of 1968, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1241-1251)
National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1600 note)

USACE

Section 4 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, as amended (16 U.S.C. 460d)
Federal Water Project Recreation Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 460l-12, et seq.)
Section 313of the Water Resources Development Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2320)

BLM

Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1732(b) and 1737)
National Trails System Act of 1968, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1241-1251)
Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act of 1963, as amended (16 U.S.C. 4601-1(f)(1))

NPS

National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 (16 U.S.C. 1)
National Trails System Act of 1968, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1241-1251)
Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act of 1963, as amended (16 U.S.C. 4601-1(f)(1))

USFWS

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.)
Fish and Wildlife Act (16 U.S.C. 742(f) et seq.)
National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee)
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd note)
National Trails System Act of 1968, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1241-1251)
Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act of 1963, as amended (16 U.S.C. 4601-1(f)(1))

FHWA

Department of Transportation General Duties and Powers Act (49 U.S.C. 301 et seq.)
Executive Order No. 13195, Trails for America in the 21st Century

C. THE PARTIES

1. The Agencies

The Agencies are responsible for the management and stewardship of Federal lands and resources and enhancing the public's knowledge, awareness, responsible use, experience, and appreciation of those lands and resources. Several of these agencies have management and administrative responsibilities for operating the components of the National Trails System. Some of the Agencies administer Federal-aid programs that benefit Federal, State, and local programs and projects related to resource infrastructure.

a. The FS, a USDA agency, administers the national forests and national grasslands to meet America’s present and future needs for outdoor recreation while protecting the health, diversity, and productivity of the land.

b. The USACE, a DOD agency, plays a leadership role in the development, management, protection, and restoration of America's water resources. The USACE is also the steward of the lands and waters at its water resources projects. Its natural resources management mission is to manage and conserve those natural resources, consistent with ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations.

c. The BLM, a DOI agency, sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

d. The NPS, a DOI agency, administers the National Park System (including components of the National Trails System) for the enjoyment and education of the public and manages programs designed to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States and the world.

e. The USFWS, a DOI agency, administers the National Wildlife Refuge System for the conservation, management, and (where appropriate) restoration of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations.

f. The FHWA, a DOT agency, provides expertise, resources, and information to improve the nation's highway system and its intermodal connections. The Federal Aid Highway Program provides financial assistance to the States to construct and improve the National Highway System, other roads, bridges, and trails. The Federal Lands Highway Program provides access to and within national forests and national parks, Indian reservations, and other Federal lands by preparing plans, letting contracts, supervising construction, and inspecting bridges. FHWA conducts and manages a comprehensive research, development, and technology program.

2. The NTTP (as supplied by the entities in the NTTP)

a. ACA, is a national, nonprofit, member-based organization that serves the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, promoting stewardship and protection of paddling environments, supporting programs and events that promote paddlesports recreation, maintaining the nation’s Paddle America watertrails directory, and sponsoring paddling competitions.

b. ACSA is a nonprofit organization consisting of State snowmobile associations, clubs, businesses, and enthusiasts across the United States. ACSA provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of organizations that promote awareness, expansion, and education of responsible snowmobiling.

c. AHS, a recreation-based nonprofit organization and the national voice for America’s hikers, champions recreation and conservation issues, builds partnerships between public and private stakeholders, provides resources to plan, fund, and develop foot trails, and promotes and protects foot trails and hiking experiences. AHS signature programs support trail volunteerism, stewardship, and education. Hike the Hill brings trail leaders to Washington, D.C., each year to promote trails; Volunteer Vacations and National Trails Day® are nationally recognized programs that help keep America’s trails open, safe, and enjoyable; the National Trails Fund helps trail-maintaining organizations; and, through the Alliance of Hiking Organizations, AHS extends outreach and support to trail and hiking clubs to increase participation in and enjoyment of hiking.

d. AHC is a national, nonprofit association that represents the equestrian community before Congress and the Federal land management agencies. AHC consists of more than 160 equine organizations as well as individual members. AHC represents virtually every facet of the equestrian community, including horse owners, recreational riders, trail riding associations, competitive associations, breeders, veterinarians, race tracks, horse shows, trainers, rodeos, farriers, breed registries, equestrian associations, State horse councils, and commercial suppliers. One of AHC’s primary goals is to ensure that the equestrian community works with Federal land management agencies to develop educational programs for equestrians and land use policies that promote equestrian activities on Federal and other public lands.

e. AR is a national conservation organization that promotes healthy rivers so that communities can thrive. AR protects and restores America's rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife, and nature. AR has more than 65,000 members and supporters. Through its work in five key program areas―rivers and global warming, river restoration, river protection, clean water, and water supply―AR is striving to protect America’s remaining natural heritage, undo the damage of the past, and create a healthy future for America’s rivers and future generations.

f. AmTr is a national, nonprofit, trail organization that serves as a liaison to the Agencies and plays a leadership role in convening the NTTP, in providing a clearinghouse of training opportunities and trainers, and in making technical assistance resources available through the NTTP website. AmTr’s goal is to expand efforts to provide high-quality training and technical assistance by working with the Federal land management agencies, the FHWA, States and local communities, nonprofit groups, and other agencies that are planning, building, and managing trails. AmTr offers a variety of workshops on trail accessibility and development and hosts the biennial American Trails National Symposium.

g. AMA is a national, nonprofit membership organization. In partnership with its sister organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), AMA represents the interests of off-highway motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts. AMA publishes and distributes information and training materials on a number of motorized recreation topics to enthusiasts, land managers, and elected officials. AMA also works with other off-highway vehicle (OHV) organizations to provide or subsidize training opportunities and assists land management agencies with volunteer recruitment.

h. APBP is a national and international, nonprofit organization whose members work at all levels of government and in consulting firms and various organizations on issues affecting pedestrians and cyclists. APBP offers professional development webinars on these topics to promote collaborative learning and dialogue benefiting pedestrians and cyclists. APBP also offers a one-day accessibility course called “Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility” and a biennial professional development seminar. APBP works with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to provide informational resources via the web.

i. BCHA is a national, nonprofit organization with offices in 27 States and 13,000 members in 47 States. BCHA has 176 chapters or affiliates throughout the country. In 2009, BCHA’s members recorded 345,700 hours of volunteer service valued at over $7.5 million on America’s back country trails. BCHA’s mission is to (1) perpetuate the use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and wilderness areas; (2) work to insure that Federal and other public lands remain open to recreational pack stock use; (3) assist Federal, State, and private agencies in maintenance and management of equestrian trails; and (4) provide education on and encourage active participation in the use of the back country by pack stock users and the general public commensurate with America’s heritage and leave no trace principles.

j. ELCR is a national, nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to advance the conservation of land for horse-related activity. ELCR accomplishes its mission through education of horsemen, trail groups, public land managers, private landowners, and other recreationists. ELCR’s activities include the development of educational materials and resources shared through public presentations; publications, articles and guidebooks; internet-based resources; television and radio interviews; and consulting services. ELCR strives to encourage sustainable trail construction; develop trail systems on Federal, State, local, and private lands; address conflicts between equestrian and other uses; develop partnerships between recreationists and land management agencies; and address liability issues relating to equestrian use.

k. IMBA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create, enhance, and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bicyclists worldwide. As part of this work, IMBA devotes significant resources to the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of sustainable singletrack trails for pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists. IMBA’s goal is to increase the quality of the trail experience for the user and to minimize negative social and environmental impacts of trails and their use. IMBA provides thousands of hours per year of pro bono training to volunteers and land managers in the pursuit of enjoyable, sustainable, multi-use trails.

l. LNT is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people worldwide. The Center achieves its mission through education, research, partnerships, and volunteerism. The goal of the Leave No Trace Program is to help all who spend time outside to learn how to minimize their impact on the places where they recreate. The Center offers a wide variety of educational and training resources for youth and adults, as well as a variety of Leave No Trace courses that range from one to five days and that are available nationwide.

m. NASTA’s goal is to share ideas and information nationwide to improve America’s trails and greenways. In coordination with the FHWA, NASTA sponsors an annual conference that provides training as well as communication and coordination on national trail issues. At each annual meeting, NASTA provides training on specific trail topics such as accessibility, natural surface trail design, OHV park planning and management, and equestrian trail issues. NASTA also promotes regular exchanges of information through questionnaires and compilation of shared expertise on topics such as State trail committees, safety, and educational programs.

n. NCA promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation, and tourism. Based at Indiana University through a cooperative agreement with the NPS, NCA is a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities. Through the comprehensive services of research, technical assistance, and education, NCA focuses on building practitioner competencies in universal design so as to implement practical accessibility solutions, facilitate inclusion of people with disabilities, and effect change regarding accessibility in parks, recreation areas, and communities.

o. NOHVCC is a nonprofit, educational foundation whose purpose is to develop and provide a wide spectrum of programs, materials, and information to individuals, clubs, associations, and agencies to promote a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

p. NRPA is dedicated to advancement of public parks and recreation opportunities. NRPA provides a wide range of educational opportunities, including programs that allow recreation professionals to maintain their certification levels. NRPA schools and conferences bring the park and recreation community together to exchange ideas and information. NRPA also sponsors the primary national conference for park and recreation professionals as well as many online courses.

q. PNTS is a federation of 34 nonprofit organizations that work in direct partnership with Federal and State agencies to help sustain and manage America's National Scenic and National Historic Trails. PNTS fosters information exchange among the trail organizations, provides training for volunteers and staff, and advises Federal agency managers about issues relating to the National Trails System. PNTS publishes a quarterly news magazine and also sponsors a conference biannually for leaders of the trail organizations and Federal trail managers, as well as training workshops in the intervening years.

r. PTBA is North America’s largest private sector group of trail specialists, contractors, designers, consultants, and trainers. Members work with Federal, State, and local governments, special districts, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners. PTBA promotes professional trail contracting and consulting as cost-effective means to design, build, and maintain sustainable, high-quality trails; helps trailbuilders improve their skills; and encourages networking in the trail community. PTBA hosts the biennial Trailbuilders Conference which is devoted to trail design, construction, and maintenance.

s. RTC is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. RTC’s program staff offers technical assistance nationwide to trail builders, managers, and advocates, including Federal agency staff. Numerous free resources are available on RTC’s website, including the Trail-Building Toolbox, Trails and Greenways Library, TrailBlog, and online fora. Through the Trail Development Assistance Response Team (TrailDART), RTC provides training and in-depth project support to the trail community at the local, State, and Federal levels. Trail professionals and enthusiasts in urban areas are also engaged in a peer-to-peer learning network as part of RTC’s Urban Pathways Initiative (UPI). Through UPI, RTC provides workshops, gathers and disseminates best practices, and convenes professionals working on trails in urban areas.

t. SCA provides diverse high school- and college-age individuals with hands-on conservation service opportunities nationwide, from urban communities to national parks and national forests. SCA annually engages over 4,500 members and builds or maintains more than 3,000 miles of trails. While learning the technical skills of trail building and rehabilitation, SCA members gain experience and training in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration with governmental, for-profit, and nonprofit entities. SCA is the author of Lightly on the Land, a publication on hiking, equestrian, and urban trail construction and also sponsors rock workshops.

u. TCN nationally represents and promotes the growth, quality, and sustainability of service and conservation corps organizations nationwide (Corps), which are an essential part of the trails community in the United States. Throughout the United States, TCN is involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of trails, both large and small. It is TCN’s belief in quality programming that establishes its commitment to the professional development of Corps members and staff engaged in trail work across America, ensuring that the Corps produce a quality product.

v. TL! is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote responsible outdoor recreation, especially motorized recreation, through ethics education and stewardship. TL!’s educational message, along with its training and stewardship programs, such as Respected Access is Open Access, are designed to instill responsibility in and promote good behavior of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. TL!’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the need to maintain a healthy environment.

w. UFWDA is the world’s leading representative of four-wheel drive enthusiasts. UFWDA programs include four-wheel drive safety and awareness education; user ethics programs, such as Adopt-A-Road, use of conservation volunteers, and volunteer trail patrol; assistance with new club formation; seminars to guide four-wheel drive enthusiasts through complex State and Federal programs affecting trail access; and internet fora designed to connect members globally.

D. STATEMENT OF MUTUAL INTERESTS AND BENEFITS

1. The Parties have common interests, including providing and facilitating public access to Federal, State, and local lands and enhancing opportunities across the United States to engage in trail-related activities in a safe and environmentally sound manner to promote healthy lifestyles, outdoor activities, public safety, outdoor education, land stewardship, appreciation and protection of historic and cultural resources, recreation, and transportation.

2. It is in the Parties’ interest to maintain good communications and to disseminate information on the need, availability, and location of trail-related training and activities.

3. The NTTP desires to encourage participation in trail-related training and to provide assistance to the Agencies in disseminating information on high-quality trail-related training and activities.

E. THE AGENCIES AGREE TO:

1. Identify a contact for each Agency to serve as a liaison between the NTTP and that Agency for collection and dissemination of information regarding trail-related training and activities under that Agency’s jurisdiction. Each Agency liaison will:

a. Work with the NTTP to facilitate appropriate collaborative opportunities, including trail-related training and activities; educational, research, and volunteer programs; and workforce development.

b. Collaborate to promote high-quality trail-related training and activities to foster trails that are managed appropriately within the mandates of the Agencies, while addressing the public's needs and desires and environmental, economic, and social considerations.

c. Strive to facilitate understanding and communication among the Parties regarding trail-related training and activities among the NTTP, the Agencies, State and local agencies, trails enthusiasts, and the public.

d. Assist in addressing national trail-related issues and facilitate cooperative relationships between local Agency contacts and the NTTP to resolve issues that arise regarding trail-related training and activities.

e. Coordinate and disseminate timely and accurate information about trail-related training and activities nationwide via the Web and other resources and materials.

f. Participate in meetings convened by the NTTP.

2. Encourage local Agency officials and field staff to collaborate with the NTTP in the development of mutually beneficial programs, projects, and educational activities.

3. Encourage State and local agency officials and staff to collaborate with the Agencies and the NTTP in the development of mutually beneficial programs, projects, and educational activities.

4. Identify unmet training needs and strive to encourage the development of collaborative opportunities to meet those needs.

5. Furnish the NTTP and State and local agencies with information about trail-related training needs and opportunities and explore cooperative projects to address those needs.

6. Work with the NTTP to identify other governmental and private cooperators for trail-related training.

F. THE NTTP AGREES TO:

1. Identify a contact for the NTTP to serve as a liaison between the NTTP and the Agencies for collection and dissemination of information regarding trail-related training and activities. The NTTP liaison will:

a. Work with the Agency liaisons to facilitate appropriate collaborative opportunities, including trail-related training and activities; educational, research, and volunteer programs; and workforce development.

b. Collaborate to promote high-quality trail-related training and activities to foster trails that are managed appropriately within the mandates of the Agencies, while addressing the public's needs and desires and environmental, economic, and social considerations.

c. Strive to facilitate understanding and communication regarding trail-related training and activities among the NTTP, the Agencies, State and local agencies, trails enthusiasts, and the public.

d. Assist in addressing national trail-related issues and, in coordination with the Agency liaisons, facilitate cooperative relationships between the NTTP and local Agency contacts to resolve issues that arise regarding trail-related training and activities.

e. Coordinate and disseminate timely and accurate information about trail-related training and activities nationwide via the Web and other resources and materials.

f. Participate in meetings convened by the NTTP.

2. Through the contacts for the entities in the NTTP listed in Appendix A of this MOU and in coordination with the Agency liaisons, encourage collaboration with local Agency officials and staff in the development of mutually beneficial programs, projects, and educational activities.

3. Through the contacts for the entities in the NTTP listed in Appendix A of this MOU and in coordination with the Agency liaisons, encourage collaboration between State and local agency officials and staff and local Agency officials and staff in the development of mutually beneficial programs, projects, and educational activities.

4. Make available to the Agencies interpretive and educational materials regarding trails and trail-related training.

5. Develop and maintain a network for contacting trail enthusiasts who are members of or otherwise affiliated with the NTTP.

6. Notify trail enthusiasts about trail-related training and activities.

7. Annually notify the Agencies of available technology and technical assistance in connection with:

a. Managing trails and trail-related training and activities.

b. Developing and enhancing trail-related training.

8. Promote compliance with outdoor ethics (such as Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!) and laws, regulations, and Agency policies related to use of Federal, State, local, and private lands for trail-related activities by transmitting information on these outdoor ethics programs and legal requirements to trail enthusiasts.

9. Consider the goals and concerns of the Agencies in connection with trail-related training and activities. Annually develop a list of these goals and concerns with the Agencies.

G. IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED BY THE AGENCIES AND THE NTTP THAT:

1. The Parties will handle their own activities and use their own resources, including the expenditure of their own funds, in pursuing the objectives of this MOU.

2. In implementing this MOU, each Agency will be operating under its own laws, regulations, and policies, subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

3. Nothing in this MOU authorizes either the Agencies or the NTTP to obligate or transfer funds. Specific projects or activities that involve the transfer of funds, services, or property among the Parties require execution of separate agreements and are contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds. These activities must be independently authorized by statute. This MOU does not provide that authority. Negotiation, execution, and administration of these agreements must comply with all applicable law.

4. Nothing in this MOU is intended to alter, limit, or expand the Agencies’ statutory and regulatory authority.

5. This MOU in no way restricts the Agencies or the NTTP from participating in similar activities with other public or private agencies, organizations, and individuals.

6. This MOU does not create any substantive or procedural right that is enforceable at law or equity against the United States or its officers, agents, or employees.

7. Nothing in this MOU implies that the Agencies endorse any service or policy of the NTTP. The NTTP will not take any action or make any statement that implies such an endorsement.

8. No member of or delegate to Congress may benefit from this MOU either directly or indirectly.

9. Any information furnished to the Agencies under this MOU is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

10. The NTTP does not constitute a Federal advisory committee and will function consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and Agency policies.

11. The principal contacts for each Agency (referenced in paragraph E.1) are:

Name: Jamie Schwartz
Title: Partnership Coordinator
Organization: Forest Service
Address: 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 1125
City/State/Zip Code: Washington, D.C. 20250-1125
Telephone: 202-205-1589
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-205-1145
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:jschwartz01@fs.fed.us" jschwartz01@fs.fed.us

Name: Peppino (Pep) Persio
Title: Senior Policy Advisor for Recreation Programs
Organization: United States Army Corps of Engineers
Address: 441 G Street NW, Suite 3F62
City/State/Zip Code: Washington D.C. 20314-1000
Telephone: 202-761-0036
Cellular Telephone: 202-469-0220
Facsimile: 202-761-5096
E-mail Address: peppino.j.persio@usace.army.mil

Name: Robert Perrin
Title: Trails and Travel Management Program Lead
Organization: Bureau of Land Management – Washington Office, WO-250
Address: 20 M St SE, Rm 2134LM
City/State/Zip Code: Washington D.C. 20003
Telephone: 202-912-7243
Cellular Telephone: 202-263-9891
Facsimile: 202-912-7362
E-mail Address: Robert_Perrin@blm.gov

Name: Steve Elkinton
Title: Program Lead, National Trails System Program
Organization: National Park Service
Address: 1201 Eye St. NW
City/State/Zip Code: Washington D.C. 20005-5905
Telephone: 202-354-6938
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-371-5179
E-mail Address: steve_elkinton@nps.gov

Name: Nathan Caldwell
Title: Trails, Byways, Transportation Enhancements, & Alternative Transportation Coordinator
Organization: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Address: 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Room 634
City/State/Zip Code: Arlington, VA 22203
Telephone: 703-358-2205
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 703-358-2517
E-mail Address: nathan_caldwell@fws.gov

Name: Christopher Douwes
Title: Trails and Enhancements Program Manager
Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Address: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE (HEPH-10, E-74-474)
City/State/Zip Code: Washington, D.C. 20590
Telephone: 202-366-5013
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-366-3409
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:christopher.douwes@dot.gov" christopher.douwes@dot.gov

13. The liaison for the NTTP (referenced in paragraph F.1) is:

Name: Pam Gluck
Title: Executive Director
Organization: American Trails
Address: PO Box 491797
City/State/Zip Code: Redding, CA 96049
Telephone: 530-547-2060
Cellular Telephone: 530-515-0791
Facsimile: 530-547-2035
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:pam_gluck@americantrails.org" pam_gluck@americantrails.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.americantrails.org" www.americantrails.org

14. Other Federal agencies and private entities may be added to this MOU with the written concurrence of all the Parties.

15. This MOU takes effect on the date it is fully executed and will expire ten years from its effective date. This MOU may be extended or amended upon written request of any of the Agencies or NTTP and written concurrence of the other Parties. Either the Agencies or AmTr on behalf of the NTTP may terminate this MOU upon 60 days written notice.

16. By signing below, the Parties certify that the individuals identified in Section G and Appendix A of this MOU are their respective representatives and are authorized to act in their areas of responsibility on matters related to this MOU.

 

___________________________________________ Date: _____
Chief, Forest Service
United States Department of Agriculture

 

___________________________________________ Date: _____
Commander, United States Army Corps of Engineers
United States Department of the Army

 

__________________________________________ Date: _____
Director, Bureau of Land Management
United States Department of the Interior

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Director, National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 

__________________________________________ Date: _____
Director, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
United States Department of the Interior

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
United States Department of Transportation

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Wade Blackwood, Executive Director
American Canoe Association

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Christine Jourdain, Executive Director
American Council of Snowmobile Associations

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Greg Miller, President, American Hiking Society

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
James J. Hickey, Jr., President
American Horse Council

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Royce Wood, Government Affairs Manager
American Motorcyclist Association

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Jamie Mierau, Director, American Rivers

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Robert M. Searns, Chair, American Trails

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Kit Keller, Executive Director
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Michael McGlenn, Chairman
Back Country Horsemen of America

 

__________________________________________________ _ Date: ______
Deb Balliet, Chief Executive Officer
Equine Land Conservation Resource

 

___________________________________________ Date: ______
Mike Van Abel, Executive Director
International Mountain Bicycling Association

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Dana Watts, Executive Director,
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Stuart H. Macdonald, Chair
National Association of State Trail Administrators

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Dr. Mohammad Torabi, Interim Dean, Indiana
University, School of Health, Physical Education &
Recreation. National Center on Accessibility

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Dr. Bryan McCormick, Chair, Indiana University,
Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies
National Center on Accessibility

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Russ Ehnes, Executive Director
National Off-Highway Vehicle
Conservation Council

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Barbara Tulipane, CAE, Chief Executive Officer
National Recreation & Park Association

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Gary Werner, Executive Director
Partnership for the National Trails System

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Mike Passo, Executive Director
Professional Trailbuilders Association

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Keith Laughlin, President
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Dale Penny, President
Student Conservation Association

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Sally Prouty, President & CEO
The Corps Network

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
Lori McCullough, Executive Director
Tread Lightly!

 

__________________________________________ Date: ______
James J. Mazzola III, President
United Four Wheel Drive Association
Appendix A

National Contacts for the Entities in the NTTP

Name: Wade Blackwood
Title: Executive Director
Organization: American Canoe Association
Address: 1340 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 210
City/State/Zip Code: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Telephone: 540-907-4460, ext. 111
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 888-229-3792
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:wblackwood@americancanoe.org" wblackwood@americancanoe.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.americancanoe.org" www.americancanoe.org

Name: Christine Jourdain
Title: Executive Director
Organization: American Council of Snowmobile Associations
Address: 271 Woodland Pass, Suite 216
City/State/Zip Code: East Lansing, MI 48823
Telephone: 517-351-1363
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 517-351-1363
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:cajourdain@aol.com" cajourdain@aol.com
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.snowmobliers.org" www.snowmobliers.org

Name: David Zayas
Title: Director, Government Relations
Organization: American Hiking Society
Address: 1422 Fenwick Lane
City/State/Zip Code: Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: 301-565-6704, ext: 207
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 301-565-6714
E-mail Address: dzayas@americanhiking.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.americanhiking.org" www.americanhiking.org

Name: Ben Pendergrass
Title: Legislative Director
Organization: American Horse Council
Address: 1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor
City/State/Zip Code: Washington, D.C. 20006
Telephone: 202-296-4031, ext: 207
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-296-1970
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:Bpendergrass@horsecouncil.org" Bpendergrass@horsecouncil.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.horsecouncil.org" www.horsecouncil.org

Name: Royce Wood
Title: Government Affairs Manager
Organization: American Motorcyclist Association
Address: 13515 Yarmouth Drive
City/State/Zip Code: Pickerington, OH 43147
Telephone: 800-262-5646
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 614-856-1920
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:rwood@ama-cycle.org" rwood@ama-cycle.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.ama-cycle.org" www.ama-cycle.org

Name: Jamie Mierau
Title: Director
Organization: American Rivers
Address: 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1400
City/State/Zip Code: Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: 202-347-7550
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-347-9240
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:jmierau@americanrivers.org" jmierau@americanrivers.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.americanwatertrails.org" www.americanrivers.org

Name: Pam Gluck
Title: Executive Director
Organization: American Trails
Address: PO Box 491797
City/State/Zip Code: Redding, CA 96049
Telephone: 530-547-2060
Cellular Telephone: 530-515-0791
Facsimile: 530-547-2035
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:pam_gluck@americantrails.org" pam_gluck@americantrails.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.americantrails.org" www.americantrails.org

Name: Kit Keller
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Address: PO Box 93
City/State/Zip Code: Cedarburg, WI 53012
Telephone: 262-375-6180
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 866-720-3611
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:kit@apbp.org" kit@apbp.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.apbp.org" www.apbp.org

Name: Peg Greiwe
Title: Executive Secretary
Organization: Back Country Horsemen of America
Address: PO Box 1367
City/State/Zip Code: Graham, WA 38338-1367
Telephone: 888-893-5161
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 360-832-2471
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:Execsecretary@backcountryhorse.com" Execsecretary@backcountryhorse.com
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.backcountryhorse.com" www.backcountryhorse.com

Name: Deb Balliet
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Equine Land Conservation Resource
Address: 4037 Iron Works Parkway, Suite120
City/State/Zip Code: Lexington, KY 40511
Telephone: 859-455-8383
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 859-455-8381
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:dballiet@elcr.org" dballiet@elcr.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.elcr.org" www.elcr.org

Name: Chris Bernhardt
Title: Director of Consulting Services
Organization: International Mountain Bicycling Association
Address: 207 Canyon, Suite 301
City/State/Zip Code: Boulder, CO 80306
Telephone: 503-913-9623
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 303-545-9026
E-mail Address: chris.bernhardt@imba.com
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.imba.com" www.imba.com

Name: Ben Lawhon
Title: Education Director
Organization: Leave No Trace
Address: PO Box 997
City/State/Zip Code: Boulder, CO 80306
Telephone: 303- 442-8222, ext 104
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 303-442-8217
E-mail Address: ben@LNT.org
Web Address: www.LNT.org

Name: Stuart Macdonald
Title: Chair
Organization: National Association of State Trail Administrators
Address: 701 Ivanhoe Street
City/State/Zip Code: Denver, CO 80220
Cellular Telephone: 801-712-3407
Facsimile: 530-547-2035
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:mactrail@aol.com" mactrail@aol.com
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.americantrails.org" www.americantrails.org

Name: Sherril York, Ph.D., CAPE
Title: Executive Director
Organization: National Center on Accessibility
Address: Indiana University Research Park, 501 North Morton Street, Suite 109
City/State/Zip Code: Bloomington, IN 47404
Telephone: 812-856-4422
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 812-856-4480
E-mail Address: shyork@indiana.edu
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.ncaonline.org" www.ncaonline.org

Name: Karen Umphress
Title: Project Coordinator
Organization: National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
Address: 8051 W. 195th St.
City/State/Zip Code: Jordan, MN 55352
Telephone: 612-965-8619
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile:
E-mail Address: karen@nohvcc.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.nohvcc.org" www.nohvcc.org

Name: Rich Dolesh
Title: Chief of Public Policy
Organization: National Recreation and Park Association
Address: 22377 Belmont Ridge Road
City/State/Zip Code: Ashburn, VA 20148
Telephone: 703-858-2158
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 703-858-0794
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:rdolesh@nrpa.org" rdolesh@nrpa.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.nrpa.org" www.nrpa.org

Name: Gary Werner
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Partnership for the National Trails System
Address: 2302 Lakeland Avenue
City/State/Zip Code: Madison, WI 53704
Telephone: 608-249-7870
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 608-257-3513
E-mail Address: nattrails@aol.com
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.nationaltrailspartnership.org" www.nationaltrailspartnership.org

Name: Mike Passo
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Professional Trailbuilders Association
Address: PO Box 28514
City/State/Zip Code: Bellingham, WA 98228
Telephone: 360-734-7270
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile:
E-mail Address: mike@elakah.com
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.trailbuilders.org" www.trailbuilders.org

Name: Kelly Pack
Title: Manager of Trail Development
Organization: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Address: 2121 Ward Court NW, 5th Floor
City/State/Zip Code: Washington D.C. 20037
Telephone: 202-974-5148
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-223-9257
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:kellyp@railstotrails.org" kellyp@railstotrails.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.railstotrails.org" www.railstotrails.org

Name: Dale Penny
Title: President
Organization: Student Conservation Association
Address: 689 River Road OR PO Box 550
City/State/Zip Code: Charlestown, NH 3603
Telephone: 603-543-1700
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 603-543-1828
E-mail Address: HYPERLINK "mailto:dpenny@thesca.org" dpenny@thesca.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.thesca.org" www.thesca.org

Name: Mary Ellen Ardouny
Title: Director of Government Relations
Organization: The Corps Network
Address: 1100 G Street NW, Suite 1000
City/State/Zip Code: Washington D.C. 20005
Telephone: 202-737-6272
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 202-737-6277
E-mail Address: madouny@corpsnetwork.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.corpsnetwork.org" www.corpsnetwork.org

Name: Mary Van Buren
Title: Education Manager
Organization: Tread Lightly!
Address: 298 24th Street, Suite 325
City/State/Zip Code: Ogden, UT 84401
Telephone: 801-627-0077, ext. 13
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile: 801-621-8633
E-mail Address: mary@treadlightly.org
Web Address: www.treadlightly.org

Name: James J. Mazzola III
Title: President
Organization: United Four Wheel Drive Associations
Address: PO Box 316
City/State/Zip Code: Swartz Creek, MI 48473
Telephone: 800-448-3932
Cellular Telephone:
Facsimile:
E-mail Address: president@ufwda.org
Web Address: HYPERLINK "http://www.ufwda.org" www.ufwda.org


For More Information:

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Contact for NTTP is:

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American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
Phone (530) 605-4395 - Fax: (530) 547-2035
Email: nttp@americantrails.org
www.AmericanTrails.org
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