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NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP MEETING
October 6, 2005 (2:15 pm-4:30 pm EST) - Partner Conference Call
M I N U T E S
Dianne Olson, Tread Lightly! and Pam Gluck, American Trails, welcomed the group. Dianne Olson and Jamie Schwartz, USDA Forest Service chaired the meeting.
Dianne Olson, Tread Lightly!
1. NTTP Branding (Pam Gluck, American Trails)
Pam followed up with the group regarding NTTP offering branding for partner organizations. She mentioned that NTTP will be considered an organization, but won't take on its own training. Initial phrase considered for organizations that were interested in branding their training with NTTP was: "Brought to you by XYZ, in cooperation with NTTP."
Partners should submit a proposal or description of the training they want to brand for partnership consideration
Develop criteria for acceptable training
Federal partners can not endorse trainings
NTTP brand should add credibility to courses
Concerns that review of proposals by partners will be burdensome
Will the organization be approved or the particular training?
Develop a written document/outline for the branding idea and submit it to all partners for review.
2. New Training and resources
Pam Gluck, American Trails:
Dana Bell, National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council: Workshops Scheduled
Troy Scott Parker, Nature Shape:
Jonathan LeClere, Federal Highway Administration:
Steve Elkinton, National Park Service:
Celina Montorfano, American Hiking Society:
Heather Deutsch, Rails to Trails Conservancy:
Gary Warner, PFNTF:
Dianne Olson, Tread Lightly!:
3. Update on Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI) (Pam Gluck)
4. Update on federal partners Trails Management Process (TMP) course
Nathan Caldwell updated the group on the recent Trails 101 Management course held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on September 12-16th, 2005.
Course is open to all agencies and nonprofits; however a balanced representation of each sector is desired at each course. Jack Peterson, the course coordinator, led a successful course focused on trail design and constructed trails for the facility and the Appalachian trail.
Cost of the administration is: 9 instructors for a 5 day workshop are around $25k. Additionally, salaries or the cost of managing the project contracted out for +/- $5k.
Bureau of Land Management's supply of the course does not meet the demand.
Need to develop an East Coast and West Coast set of course instructors
Looking for a new course coordinator
No tuition cost for participants
5. Update on Online NTTP database (Stuart Macdonald)
Stuart Macdonald updated the group on the NTTP database. Go to http://strawberry.forest.net/trails/event.lasso to search database for trainings by state, training type, or date. Database should represent all NTTP partners.
6. Accessible and Sustainable Trails Workshop (Stuart Macdonald)
Pilot Workshop encouraged people to take a better look at trails.
Following accessibility standards in building trails also leads to sustainable trails.
Accessible and sustainable trails are inexpensive to built and maintain.
State trail administrators have shown interest and states can use up to 5% of their RTP funds for education and training related to safety and environmental protection.
Identify where the interest is for training in 2006.
States should try to use the RTP to fund the demand for the course
2 more workshops in Maine and New Hampshire
7. Update on College-level Trails and Greenways Curriculum (Stuart Macdonald)
Marshall University, in West Virginia, offers college courses for trails and recreation management. Raymond Busbee, developed an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) management course funded by the Rayhall Transportation Institute.
California State Training Institute offers courses similar to the federal agencies TMP course.
Many trail/recreation related courses are popping up throughout the country and there is a need for local instructors.
NTTP would like to:
8. Marketing, ideas, and assistance on promotion of NTTP(Monica Clay & Pam Gluck)
Web stats show increased use
NTTP promoted through American Trails newsletter and website.
1,000 brochures were printed and distributed
5,000 revised brochures printed.
Contact Pam Gluck at American Trails for NTTP brochures
Send ideas for news release to Pam or Stuart
Submit trainings for database and calendar even if they are "by invitation only"
Partners are encouraged to run ads promoting NTTP in publications
Logo and website at minimum
Ads can be found at www.TrailsTraining.net
9. 2006 Co-convener
The opportunity to act as NTTP Co-convener is open to all NTTP partners. Representatives from the federal agencies and from the non-profits/trail organizations are preferred. Tread Lightly! and Forest Service offered to continue on another year. Nathan Caldwell from FWS was nominated and will get back with the group on his availability. It was suggested that the opportunity for co-convener was sent to all NTTP partners.
10. Future NTTP meetings
Tentative Dates and Times:
Sam Fontaine from the National Park Service offered services to NTTP in organizational development.
Meeting record submitted by Dianne Olson incorporating notes from Monica Clay and Stuart Macdonald.
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