An NGO Response to Funding Shortfalls

Shaping of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

Volunteers and partners are increasingly being called upon to assist the Forest Service in an era of budget constraints and trail maintenance backlog.

Presenters: Randy Rasmussen, Advisor for Public Lands and Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America; Paul Sandford, National Director, The Wilderness Society

Volunteers and partners are increasingly being called upon to assist the Forest Service in an era of budget constraints and trail maintenance backlog. According to a 2013 GAO report, the Forest Service faces a maintenance and facility shortfall of over $500 million. The 2014 National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act is a key feature of proposed legislative and administrative solutions being promoted.

View This Presentation Online

More Articles in this Category

From Gold Mines to Woodlands Trails

In this National Recreation Trail highlight from the Sarah Zigler Interpretive Trail in Oregon, find out the history of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association and how they get hundreds of kids out on the trail every year.

Visitor and Trail Management Skills and Competencies

Specific skills used in management of trails and greenways: facility management; urban trail and bike/ped management; visitor management.

Program Administration Skills and Competencies

Specific skills used in trails and greenways work: budgeting; developing costs; managing grants and finding programs; managing staff and volunteers; managing projects; identifying funding sources; working with a variety of funding; writing grant proposals;

Trail Maintenance Skills and Competencies

Specific skills used in maintenance of trails and greenways: maintenance of trails; repair of various trail elements; maintenance of trailheads and related facilities.