Healthy Partnerships Build Healthy Trails

Strong partnerships are an essential ingredient in building a healthy trail system.


Speakers: Ilyssa Manspeizer, Director, Park Development and Conservation, Mount Washington Community Development Corporation; Kathryn Hunninen, Manager, Park and Community Sustainability, Mount Washington Community Development Corporation; Rob Spath, Executive Director - SW Conservation Corps – Sonoran Desert; Michael Swanberg, Project Coordinator - SW Conservation Corps – Sonoran Desert; Russell Dickerson, Program Coordinator, Coconino Rural Environment Corps; Ben Thomas, Program Director, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Strong partnerships are an essential ingredient in building a healthy trail system. Discover how to build these partnerships and keep them strong. Examples will include how partnering with the National Conservation Corps can help you complete your trail projects and how Corps support youth and community development. If you’re outside a Conservation Corps area, learn how creativity played a role in a community development corporation’s ability to build and maintain partnerships, competitively secure funding, and maximize the long-term benefits of the Emerald Trail Corps green jobs program. Short presentations will be coupled with a facilitated group discussion to encourage participants to leverage the larger group’s knowledge to share their own partnership stories, discus challenges, solutions, and successes. You will go home with concrete ideas for cultivating meaningful partnerships that last, refining those that aren’t currently working, and maybe even meet a new partner at the session!

View the Conservation Corps Background Presentation Online

View the Southwest Conservation Corps Presentation Online

View the Mount Washington Presentation Online