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NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP MEETING
Memorandum of Understanding
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of the Army
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
United States Department of the Interior
United States Department of Transportation
Background and Purpose
A network of trails of all types spans the United States. These trails provide great satisfaction and inspiration to U.S. citizens and international visitors. Such trails are found on Federal lands, State and local government lands, and on private lands, accommodating many types of visitors and uses. Some are officially designated by law, others were developed and exist without formal recognition. Many are managed through public/private partnerships involving volunteers.
The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to encourage a voluntary association of Federal agencies to work together in the development of a full range of coordinated training opportunities and resource information for agency staff and partners to responsibly manage all types of trails throughout America. For the purposes of this Agreement, trail management includes planning, protection, design, enhancements, construction, interpretation, preservation, and maintenance. With improved skills through training and information services, Federal and State staff, volunteers, and other partners will be better able to manage this rich heritage of trails of all kinds, in ways that will minimize their impact on the environment and maximize responsible recreational enjoyment.
The signatories agree to collaborate on the promotion of high quality trail training opportunities in order to foster trails that are managed appropriately within the mandates of the Federal land management agencies. They share a vision that opportunities for trails training and resource information should be readily accessible to widely foster the knowledge and skills necessary for high quality trails of all kinds. Such training must address public needs and desires - as well as relevant environmental, economic, and social considerations.
This MOU encourages (but does not require) that the signatories participate on a voluntary basis, to the extent permitted by law, with the National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP), whose goals and mission closely parallel those in this Agreement. The NTTP is a voluntary association of Federal, State, and local agencies, and nonprofit national trail organizations formed to improve the range of skills and training available to enhance America's national system of trails. It is convened by the nonprofit group called American Trails, headquartered in Redding, California. Much of the work described in this MOU will occur as a function of the Federal Interagency Council on Trails, an interagency forum established in 1969 in which all of the signatory agencies participate.
This MOU is made and entered into among the USDA Forest Service (USDA-FS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), by authority of the:
This last authority, EO 13195, updates the role and function of the Federal Interagency Council on Trails and specifically enjoins Federal agencies involved in trails to provide "training and information services to provide high-quality information and training opportunities to Federal employees, Tribal, State and local government agencies, and other trail partners."
Statement of Work (Tasks)
The parties to this MOU will:
USDA Forest Service -- Jim Miller, 202-205-1313, fax 202-205-1145, email@example.com
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- George Tabb, 202-761-1228, fax 202-761-0633, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Physical Activity and Health Branch -- John Librett, 770-488-5018, fax 770-488-5473, email@example.com.
Bureau of Land Management -- Mark Goldbach, Outdoor Recreation Planner, 202-452-5176, fax 202-452-7709 firstname.lastname@example.org and
Deb Salt, 909-680-1560, fax 909-683-5984, email@example.com
National Park Service -- Steve Elkinton, 202-354-6938, fax 202-371-5179, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- Nathan Caldwell, 703-358-2205, fax 703-358-2248, email@example.com
USDOT Federal Highway Administration -- Christopher Douwes, 202-366-5013, fax 202-366-3409, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief, USDA Forest Service (02-MU-11132424-047) ------------ Date
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ------------ Date
Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ------------ Date
Director, Bureau of Land Management ------------ Date
Director, National Park Service ------------ Date
Administrator, Federal Highway Administration ------------ Date
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ------------ Date
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Updated March 11, 2011