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.