This interactive presentation will discuss the importance of creating a strong coalition of diverse stakeholders and identify strategies to effectively engage them.
Speakers: Matt Rice, American Rivers, Associate Director of Southeast Conservation; Mary Crockett, Program Coordinator –River Manager for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Successful trails are the product of partnerships among a wide array of entities, including governmental land managing agencies, private property owners, user groups, local businesses, planners, chambers of commerce, and others. This interactive presentation will discuss the importance of creating a strong coalition of diverse stakeholders and identify strategies to effectively engage them when developing a water trail and share revelations (secrets?!) of how several partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service and non-profit organizations were created….even without any Agency budget! The takeaway for participants are succinct lessons learned that will dramatically increase their success in starting up and maintaining partnerships with other organizations.
By recognizing the common goals that all trail user types share, and fighting for those goals together, it is possible to create a real and positive impact on the trails world.
Database management; website development; trail and facility inventories; trail assessment and maintenance records; identifying and gathering needed information.
Creating and maintaining partnerships; interagency project management; structuring agreements among partners; nurturing cooperation among a variety of recreation and conservation interests; planning trail systems across jurisdictional lines.
Specific skills used in development of organizations for trails and greenways work: creating and building a nonprofit organization; managing boards and staff; recruiting, training, and rewarding volunteers; managing finances and legal issues.