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published Oct 17, 2019

The Keys to Making Ambitious Trail Partnerships Work

by Back Country Horsemen of America

Organizations working together can tackle problems and issues that are too large for single organizations to handle.


published May 16, 2019

Building Trail Culture

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward

by Amy Camp, Principal, Cycle Forward


published Aug 1, 2014

Getting Organized – Creating Equestrian Trail Organizations

by Equine Land Conservation Resource

The future ability of people to enjoy and keep horses in open spaces will hinge largely on the efforts of today's equestrian users. What is the alternative? Loss of trails for equestrians. Now is the time to get organized!


published Jan 1, 2014

Reinventing Public Lands Partnerships

The case study defines the situation and strategic issues arising from an analysis of the resource that is the focus of the partnership, the Florida National Scenic Trail (the Trail), and the partnership relationship. It also reviews the partnership reinvention process designed by Conservation Impact and used to develop an updated resource agreement, a set of shared strategic goals, and a new partnership model.


published Dec 1, 2013

Atlanta Beltline 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan

The Atlanta BeltLine is one of America’s most ambitious urban transportation and redevelopment programs and is at its core a testament to public, private and community partnership.


published Nov 3, 2010

Landowner Relations Manual

by Bruce Trail Conservancy

This manual explains the duties of the Landowner Relations Director for the Bruce Trail and suggests some of the best and most effective ways to carry them out. A Landowner Relations Director is fundamental to the success of securing a permanent corridor for the Trail.


published Jan 1, 2009

21 Partnership Success Factors for Parks and Trails

by Brian O'Neill with National Park Service

As the Superintendent of Golden Gate National Parks, Brian O’Neill and his staff earned a reputation as a model partnership park where partnerships are a way of thinking about how best to accomplish the park's mission and build a community of stewardship.


published Jan 1, 2003

USDA Forest Service Agreements Desk Guide

The Forest Service has a tradition of partnership as old as the Service itself. In the broad sense, partnership denotes sharing a common interest with the Forest Service in National Forest values and a relationship in pursuit of those common interests. Please keep in mind that this is just a guide. It is not meant to replace, supersede or compete with FSM 1580 or FSH 1509.11. The guide provides direction to reference sources. It also may alleviate research, but not eliminate it. Its biggest value may be in helping develop creative thinking about partnerships and what is possible within the authorities now in place. The information provided in this Desk Guide is current up to its 2003 date of publication, but keep in mind that like everything else things change, so always refer back to the appropriate FSM or FSH for any updates to agreement provisions and direction.


posted Sep 29, 2020

American Trails is Sharpening Our Focus

by American Trails Staff

Over the last two years American Trails has worked with Active Strategies to find out how we can best serve the trail community. These are the results.


May 27, 2020

Creating Culture Change Through Outdoor Recreation

See how a park district committed itself to reinventing its facilities, programs, and events to serve 21st century audiences while at the same time helping to change the image and culture of what had been considered a “dying” rust belt community.


Jun 11, 2020

Gatehouses and Greenways: Interactive Community Engagement for Trails

This webinar will provide attendees with ideas and solutions for getting projects implemented through creative coalitions and engagement activities.


posted Sep 29, 2020

Partnership and Collaboration Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

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.