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!
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.