How They Work and Why They Are an Important Part of the Trails Community
Successful water trails are the product of partnerships among a wide variety of public and private constituents.
Speakers: Jeff Duncan, Outdoor Recreation Planning, National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance; Mary Crockett, Program Coordinator & River Manager for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Successful water trails are the product of partnerships among a wide variety of public and private constituents. This session explores several ways in which water trails are uniquely positioned to: build community support that generates valuable outcomes for the trail and community; tap into partnerships that provide practical solutions to water trail design, access, camping, and restrooms; and choose a name that serves not only to describe the trail but also to engage the public.
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.