Getting to the Ribbon Cutting

Keys to Leadership & Partnership for Successful Trail Development

Practical how-to advice on developing the leadership tools and community resources

Speakers: Tim Herd, Executive Director, Stroud Region Open Space Commission, East Stroudsburg, PA; Ursula Lemanski, Virginia Project Manager, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service, Leesburg, VA; Holly Larson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service, St. Paul, MN

Trail development and management is a long-term commitment. Successful trail partnerships sustain long-term productivity by motivating the collaborators, enlisting the resources, engaging the public, solving the problems, and blazing a clear-cut mission. This session offers practical how-to advice on developing the leadership tools and community resources to create, sustain, and manage the green infrastructure connecting your community to its land and sense of place. The top ten ways trail projects “get stuck” with organizational and partnering pitfalls and delays will be presented as well as hot to get “unstuck.”


Webinars on YouTube that you might like

The Trail Partnership Research Project

Jun 20, 2024

This webinar reviews the findings from a study with the Forest Service and National Park Service discussing the factors that make partnerships more or less successful and provides recommendations to improve current and future partnerships.

Community Driven: How Engagement Guides the Vision and Planning of a Community Wide Trail Network

Apr 25, 2024

With an emphasis on community wide trail networks, the best practices explored in this session will better equip professionals and community members toward creating vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable communities through trail development.

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The Trail Partnership Research Project Final Report

posted Jun 21, 2024

This project applied a research-based approach to examine and assess existing trail stewardship partnerships and to provide on-the-ground managers with knowledge and practical strategies to increase capacity and improve their ability to engage in effective partnerships for trail work.

Strengthening Tribal Consultations and Nation-to-Nation Relationships

posted Dec 20, 2023

The Tribal Relations Program strives to enhance relationships between the Forest Service, Tribes, ANCs, non-federally recognized Tribes, and Native Hawaiians, as well as American Indian, Alaska Native, and other Indigenous individuals, communities, inter-Tribal organizations, enterprises, and educational institutions, thereby improving the agency’s ability to foster effective partnerships and respect Tribal sovereignty.

Engaging Diverse Groups in Building Community Resilience through Stewardship

posted Oct 11, 2023

Advocates, stewards, and volunteers are key to the success of ecologically balanced park projects and spaces. They provide vital assistance in the advocacy, establishment, maintenance, and educational outreach needed to ensure these spaces are in harmony with nature, well-maintained, and a welcoming place for all.

Building Trail Culture

posted Jul 17, 2020

by Amy Camp, Principal, Cycle Forward

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