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NTTP meeting notes: March 19-20, 2009

Minutes of National Trails Training Partnership meeting:
Asheville, NC, at the 2009 Trailbuilders Conference


March 19, 2009


Introductions and NTTP Presentation

Training Opportunities, Concerns, and Ideas

Getting kids involved and trained for outdoor resources work

Youth corps and volunteer efforts

The apprentice model

Skills development

Future needs and funding


March 20, 2009


Discussion on goals and training needs

What organizations are doing for training development

Trail projects and skill development

Training needs

Committee topics and tasks for Partners

Trail Professionalization Committee (Scott Linnenburger)

Educational Outreach (Walt Bready)

    • - Embedding training in the culture of trail development
      - Developing more advanced training modules to follow Trails 101
      - Coming up with common curriculum and practices for trail skills: is that too large of a task? For instance, crew leader training, you almost need a guide to regional differences
      - Finding colleges and courses with trail content to create a higher education curriculum for trails
      - Researching trails issues and synthesizing key information to share with trails community to do a better job on resource protection, user awareness, and environmental education

Conclusions and tasks

Next meeting: June 12 in Washington, DC area hosted by Nathan Caldwell at Fish and Wildlife Service offices at Ballston Metro in Virginia.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Notes submitted by Stuart Macdonald

See the list of NTTP Steering Committee members and a comprehensive list of agencies and organizations supporting the National Trails Training Partnership.

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