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NTTP Meeting Notes - February 17, 2006
Minutes of the National Trails Training Partnership meeting held in Reno in conjunction with the 2006 Trailbuilders Conference.
NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP MEETING
February 17, 2006 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)
M I N U T E S
Dianne Olson, Tread Lightly! and Pam Gluck, American Trails, welcomed the group. Dianne Olson and chaired the meeting.
1. Trail Updates
Scott Lindberger (IMBA):
Trail crew care schedule to be finalized next week
9 trail building schools at NPS sites
National Forest Foundation grant for front country trail building
Trail Solutions in Maryland $75K for trails (March & May) Training for state parks
Talking with FHWA on writing a book on trail management
Talking with BLM on developing video training resources
Forest Service video on trail building: complement to trail solutions book
Woody Keen (PTBA, IMBA)
This Trailbuilders Conference has been most successful and best conference, with more workshops attached (1/3 of attendees participated in workshops)
Looking for new location for conference after 2007 in Reno
1/3 public sector, 1/3 private sector, 1/3 trail master plans/education/development in attendence
3 day mechanized trail building workshop in Virginia
Need for accreditation process (peer review process)
Clay Malcolm (COTI)
New executive director
Schedule similar to 05
Crew leader, restoration trainings, crew leader instructor trainings
Skills courses are potential for COTI
Materials are being cleaned up, made less "Colorado Centric"
Coalition for Recreational Trails
Submit nominations for trail awards
Pam Gluck (American Trails)
Planning for National Trails Symposium (Oct 19-22, 06)
8 mini workshops for focused areas of interest (hands on planning)
Call for presentations for Symposium is out; want to encourage NTTP partners to submit training session proposals
National Trails Awards: submit nominations by May 21st
Expanding menu of trainings: UTAP and Developers forum
Working with COTI to revise materials for national implementation
Hope to document COTI model for other states to use
Roger Bell (PTBA/American Trails/Private)
Raffling off John Deere ATV for Symposium
Growing potential for developing new trail systems in housing developments
80% of his business is design build, largely with developers
Gerry Wilbur (PTBA)
Will continue to improve conference and quality of training provided
Conference scheduled February 20, 2007, in Reno
Discussing developing trail guidelines for the industry
Need to create and document a skill set for people who are doing trail work and trail management for local and state agencies
Jamie Schwartz (USDA Forest Service)
Training 101 scheduled for 2 sessions in '06
Providing appropriate training for audience: USFS fire management defines training as beginner, intermediate, and advanced
Christopher Douwes (FHWA)
Available on NTTP website
Working to make Federal university-level curriculum on bike/pedestrian issues available
Official use of funds for training
Only about half of States are using their educational funds at all
States can fund training regarding:
Dianne Olson (Tread Lightly!)
Master Trainer course is multi day piloting in November 06
Trainer course is now an 8 hour course
Online course on outdoor ethics skills for trail use in development
Trudy Arckel (Backcountry Horseman)
30 million dollars in volunteer hours
Training base for equestrian users (train the trainer model)
Develop Master Trainer in every state
Seeking grant money for all recreational users
Want to assist contractors in wilderness areas on trail work
Always a need for volunteer training &endash; outreach regarding targeted trails, expertise/training required, working on all types of trails (multi-use)
Roger: hybrid training available
Steve Elkinton (NPS)
Need for a specific module for example: staff managing Nat'l Historic Trails (self administering)
BLM interested in working with Arthur Carhart center regarding wilderness
Structural systems developing a training structure regarding specialized needs (historic trails, scenic trails ) and the issues/needs associated with them
Facing loosing expertise and skills in these specialized areas
Kansas City workshop/Nashville are upcoming training locations
2. Branding Training and Resources with NTTP
Purpose: promote NTTP, brand trainings and related resources, "In cooperation with NTTP."
Stuart provided draft of procedures, criteria, and how the process would work.
Clay: COTI is using NTTP identity to promote their training materials.
Concerns regarding criteria:
Ensuring all opportunities are at a high caliber for partners to feel comfortable associating with all involved
Woody: Even professional trailbuilders don't necessarily have teaching skills.
Ensure partner sponsors approve of the branding
Scott: How rigorously is NTTP willing to review potential training opportunity?
Pam: Suggest limit branding to NTTP partners to test procedure
Stuart: encourage marketing of NTTP by more people identifying themselves as members, supporters, and partners of NTTP
Can association with a larger organization led to branding eligibility?
Re word for the purpose of promoting NTTP
Step 1: Encourage strong and simple messaging, e.g. "Proud Partner of NTTP"
Step 2: assess ripple effects and what next steps should be in the procedure for stronger wording/association
3. NTTP Marketing
Website Statistics (Handout provided by Pam)
In January, 2006 Amtrails visits to website reached an all time high of 84,462
Each resources page is branded with NTTP logo
Yahoo shows 5500 external links to site
What contributed to increase in visits? If we can isolate the reasoning it may be something that we should focus on
Email distribution list is being developed for promoting trainings
New project to update entire website with better navigation to help visitors find resources among the 1,500 pages.
4. Competencies Committee
Steve will get together with Jamie on the competencies.
Gerry said it is an excellent model and will also work with Jamie and Steve. Woody would like to have some input in this.
Christopher suggested that Nathan Caldwell (FWS) will also be interested.
5. Request for Partners
6. NTTP Training Initiatives
Competencies committee: forward assignments to committee members
NTTP sessions at upcoming conferences
Trainings states can offer to use RTP funds
Develop menu for states can pick from (including prices) &endash; provided specially by American trails
Offer opportunity to all NTTP partners
Available in the next month to the states
Add an introduction to why states need this type of training
Identify services available
Promote training offered by all organizations and agencies.
Be more specific on why different kinds of training are important. Describe what the organizations like COTI do and encourage people to contact them. Who would different training be useful for, how long should it take, how much would it cost?
7. "Cool Trail Solutions" Photo Gallery Project
Documenting trail problems and solutions through photos. Various ways to do this:
Opportunity to submit photos to website
Database of photos with captions, info, links to info, key words for search options
IMBA is storing photos on protected portion of website for internal use &endash; available to NTTP
Photos can clear up misconceptions
Create topics for photo gallery
Assign topics to member organizations to develop gallery
Photos categorized on "Smug mug"
Link articles existing on website to photo
Include basic information, location, use permission, provided by, what the project is
Create photo awards
8. Three Things
Request for commitments from partners: overall promotion
9. Follow Up:
Next meeting date: June 12 or June 16?
Send dates to partners
Christopher to send RTP funding project/education eligibility
Jamie and Steve to send Pam competencies developed
Adjourn 12:15 p.m.
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