The presentation will focus on the Arizona State Parks OHV Ambassador Program.
Speakers: Chris Gammage, OHV Ambassador Program Coordinator, BLM; Marge Dwyer, OHV Ambassador Program Administrator
The purpose of the presentation is to provide participants with an overview and present results and tools to leverage land management staff resources by using volunteers to assist with motorized recreation issues- a case study in managing volunteers. The presentation will focus on the Arizona State Parks OHV Ambassador Program, a trained group of volunteers who inform the public about where to ride, how to ride safely, what rules and regulations must be followed, and who assists resource agencies to monitor and maintain trails. Participants will receive and review the Ambassador Program Handbook, sample agreements, and examine procedural tools used in planning, organizing, managing, and implementing projects. During a portion of the session, participants will work on next steps in forming a partnership with volunteers to meet mutual goals.
Specific skills used in management of trails and greenways: facility management; urban trail and bike/ped management; visitor management.
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;
Specific skills used in maintenance of trails and greenways: maintenance of trails; repair of various trail elements; maintenance of trailheads and related facilities.
Organizations working together can tackle problems and issues that are too large for single organizations to handle.