A Core Track Presentation
In this presentation the panelists discuss how the U.S. Forest Service is mandated to increase the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance activities.
by Deborah Caffin, Trails Program Manager - SE Region, USDA Forest Service, Randy Rasmussen, Director of Public Lands and Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America, Paul Sanford, National Director of Recreation Policy, The Wilderness Society, Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
|The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (PL 114-245), signed into law in late 2016, directed the U.S. Forest Service to improve national forest trail maintenance by increasing the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance activities. The Act carried strong bipartisan support and included the ambitious goal of doubling the amount of trail maintenance performed by volunteers and partners within five years.
This session will examine how the agency has responded to this mandate and challenge, review several innovative ideas that have been implemented, and evaluate the prospects for meeting the Act’s goals. Join a discussion led by experts on the Act and on efforts to ramp up volunteerism in the service of trails on the national and regional levels. You'll have an opportunity to offer your observations, recommendations on additional steps needed to ensure that our national forest trails remain safe, accessible and enjoyed by all.
Promoting physical activity among children and adults is a priority national health objective in the United States. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is an important strategy for reversing the obesity epidemic.
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the creation of nature-rich urban environments, including schoolyards with natural play spaces and gardens, can help improve physical and mental health, cognitive skills, creativity, and social bonding.
This Statewide Trails Strategic Plan and the State Trails Program aim to ensure that program direction and efforts are consistent with other cooperators, funders, stakeholders, and ultimately service the expectations and needs of Colorado’s residents and visitors.