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posted 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.

  tags: conservation corps, volunteers, partnerships, horses and equestrian trails

posted Jun 11, 2019

Traversing the Great Ledge: Climbers in New Netherlands' Most Iconic Landscapes

by Casey Holzworth with NYS Parks & Recreation Historic Preservation, Jeff Moss with Thatcher Climbing Coalition

Still a work in progress, partnerships gives climbers access to a new trail system while preserving safety, cultural resources, and protected rare plants, animals, and habitat.

  tags: partnerships, recreation, volunteers, trailsnext videos

posted Jun 5, 2019

21st Century Way to Attract Trail Users: On-Line Trail Finder

by Lelia Mellen with National Park Service

Learn about the new Trail Finder online database!

  tags: technology, volunteers

posted Jun 5, 2019

DIY Volunteer Program Assessment: Maximize and Sustain Your Volunteer Community

by Kendra Baumer with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Take control of your volunteer program's future!

  tags: volunteers

posted Jun 5, 2019

Making it Count: Analyzing Trail Use Data in New York and Connecticut

by Laura Brown with University of Connecticut, Dylan Carey with Parks and Trails New York, Jennifer Ceponis with Capital District Transportation Committee, Emily Dozier with Dutchess County Transportation Council, Kristina Kelly with Connecticut Trail Census, James Stevens with ConsultEcon, Inc.

Presenters outline the techniques used and lessons learned from trail counts in New York and Connecticut.

  tags: health, technology, volunteers

posted Jun 5, 2019

The Long Trail Back: The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, Three Years On

by Deborah Caffin with USDA Forest Service, Randy Rasmussen with Back Country Horsemen of America, Paul Sanford with The Wilderness Society, Randy Welsh with National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

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.

  tags: volunteers, partnerships, federal

posted Jun 3, 2019

Advancing Trail Stewardship: Developing Sustainable Volunteer Programs

by Ann Baker Easley with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Dean Winstanley with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Tom Mullin with University of Southern Maine

This workshop focuses on practical ways for outdoor stewardship organizations and agencies to grow and expand the volunteer stewardship sector with greater organizational reliability and consistency across volunteer programs and in technical skill practices.

  tags: partnerships, volunteers

posted Apr 5, 2019

Improve Your Volunteer Stewardship Toolbox

Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Learn from three organizations about the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.

  tags: advancing trails webinar series, volunteers, social media and mobile technology

posted Mar 25, 2019

Appalachian Trail Community Ambassador

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in cooperation with local Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and Appalachian Trail Communities™, is seeking volunteers to support A.T. Communities with outreach, education, local projects, events and initiatives.


posted Mar 25, 2019

New England Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community Ambassador

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in cooperation with regional, New England Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and Appalachian Trail Communities™, is seeking a New England Community Ambassador. Ambassadors are responsible for increasing their knowledge about the Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the cooperative management system that is in place to help maintain and protect the A.T.


posted Oct 10, 2018

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

  tags: volunteers

posted Sep 5, 2018

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Stepping Up Stewardship

VOC announces their Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit: a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive set of resources specifically designed to help other groups and organizations start or expand their volunteer programs.

  tags: volunteers, maintenance, training

posted Aug 30, 2018

Shawnee National Forest - Shawnee Volunteer Corps

The Shawnee Volunteer Corps is a program within the agency that offers comprehensive volunteer opportunities to local, regional, and national volunteers. Shawnee National Forest is part of the National Forest system and is located in southern Illinois.

  tags: volunteers

posted Aug 29, 2018

Outdoor Stewardship Institute

OSI provides high quality outdoor stewardship training to volunteers, land management agencies, and other stewardship organizations in Colorado and around the country. Volunteers and staff from any agency can take advantage of OSI’s low-cost training courses to learn new skills and prepare for leadership roles. OSI works with experts in the field to develop and teach in-depth curriculum.

  tags: training, volunteers

posted Aug 28, 2018

Volunteers maintain Chief Joseph Ski Trail System in Montana

The Chief Joseph Ski Trail System in southwest Montana provides for easy and safe use by a variety of winter visitors.

  tags: volunteers

posted Aug 27, 2018

Wyoming invests in trails at Glendo State Park

by Paul Gritten with Wyoming State Parks

Working together for a sustainable system of trails.

  tags: volunteers, recreational trails program (rtp)

posted Aug 1, 2018

New York State's Erie Canalway Trail

Bringing new life to communities along a 200-year-old industrial corridor.

  tags: historic, partnerships, volunteers, canal

posted Jul 17, 2018

FAQ: Trash on trails

by American Trails Staff

Solutions to trash on trails

  tags: faq, volunteers, leave no trace



posted Apr 23, 2018

Triad Partnership protects and manages the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin

by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Ice Age Trail Triad shows that the federal government, a state agency, and a nonprofit can all work together to accomplish a lot more than they could if they worked on their own.

  tags: partnerships, volunteers, conservation and environment, management and operation, youth corps, hiking

posted Apr 23, 2018

Partnership works to improve Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain State Park

Partners work to develop volunteers skills to improve heavily-used sections of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

  tags: partnerships, volunteers, conservation corps, youth corps, hiking, long-distance trails

posted Apr 20, 2018

Volunteers promote trails and equine rides for public in NJ

Lusscroft Farm has a network of trails that connects the site with additional trails in High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest. The major purpose of this event has been to reintroduce the concept of equine trail rides to this area of New Jersey.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, volunteers, historic

posted Apr 19, 2018

Pima Trails Association

Pima Trails Association is a non-profit, volunteer trails advocacy organization composed of hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers working together to protect and preserve trails in Pima County.

  tags: volunteers

posted Apr 18, 2018

Mules and horsemen aide in collaborative trail maintenance on the Sheltowee Trace

During a groundbreaking effort between horsemen and hikers and Daniel Boone National Forest Service personnel, supplies to improve a section of the Sheltowee Trace NRT were moved by two mules and a dozen workers to a site near Bark Camp Creek.

  tags: conservation corps, volunteers

posted Mar 26, 2018

Delphi Historic National Recreation Trail, Indiana

Trails have been integrated into this historic community using canal towpaths, stream corridors, and abandoned railroads.

  tags: historic, travel & tourism, volunteers, canal, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Kohl Park Hiking Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

Milwaukee County's Kohl Park is a partnership with local scout troops and other volunteers.

  tags: shared use, urban trails, volunteers, fitness, greenways and open space, nature trail

posted Mar 3, 2018

Trail Conditions Inventory and Assessment in Northwest New Jersey

by New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

This project identifies trail maintenance needs to be addressed by NY-NJ Trail Conference volunteer trail crews.

  tags: technology, volunteers, recreational trails program (rtp)

posted Feb 19, 2018

An NGO Response to Funding Shortfalls

Volunteers and partners are increasingly being called upon to assist the Forest Service in an era of budget constraints and trail maintenance backlog.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, volunteers, funding

posted Feb 19, 2018

Building a Trail to Volunteer Management

The presentation will focus on the Arizona State Parks OHV Ambassador Program.

  tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv), volunteers, safety

posted Feb 19, 2018

MEGA Events (2017)

A MEGA event is a trail build on steroids.

  tags: urban trails, volunteers

posted Feb 19, 2018

Stewarding and Training Volunteer Stewardship Groups

Learn to successfully develop a stewardship group.

  tags: volunteers

posted Feb 19, 2018

Training and Resources for Building & Promoting Trails

by Stuart Macdonald, Kim Frederick

This session will present educational opportunities, training providers, and a wide range of resources for land and water trails.

  tags: marketing, travel & tourism, volunteers

posted Feb 19, 2018

Training and Resources for Building Better Trails (2008)

Learn about trail training services and opportunities plus a wide variety of technical resources available.

  tags: urban trails, volunteers

posted Feb 19, 2018

What’s in Your Volunteer Toolkit?

Tools to engage and retain volunteers.

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posted Dec 5, 2017

Trail Construction Cost Realities

This webinar will deliver a simple, cost estimating tool and provide a list of the key factors associated with trail construction costs. The methodology presented in the webinar applies to ALL trail construction projects, though the examples shown are all non-paved trails.

  tags: volunteers, advancing trails webinar series

posted Oct 15, 2019

High Cascades Forest Volunteers

The mission of the High Cascades Forest Volunteers is to help maintain, restore and preserve the public lands and resources administered by the National Forest Service for present and future generations.

  tags: volunteers, maintenance

posted Sep 30, 2019

Washington Trails Assn.

Washington Trails Association mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands.

  tags: volunteers, volunteer opportunities

posted Sep 17, 2019

Missouri River Relief

Missouri River Relief is a community, volunteer and equipment-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education events and stewardship activities.

  tags: volunteers

posted Sep 17, 2019

The Future of Trails: Volunteers

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Outdoor recreation is an $887 billion industry that is, in many ways, built on the backs of volunteers.

  tags: volunteers

posted Jul 8, 2019

Design a Trail to Last 100 Years

by Michael Osborne with Five Rivers MetroParks

The challenges of balancing ecological protection, physical management and social demands on natural surface hiking, equestrian, mountain biking and multi-use trails can be overwhelming. However, it IS possible to meet these challenges by designing sustainable trails that are created to last into the next century.

  tags: bridges, construction, volunteers, natural surface

posted Jul 2, 2019

The Future of Transportation and Recreation Trail Projects

Corps are embedded in their communities and serve as cost-effective, common-sense partners that show up ready to work, manage their own crews, and help increase your staff capacity. Learn how you can engage the next generation of diverse trail, transportation, and recreation professionals!

  tags: federal, funding, youth corps, volunteers, advancing trails webinar series

posted Jun 24, 2019

Volunteer Stewardship Tools

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Explore the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.

  tags: volunteers, stewardship

posted Jun 1, 2019

Join a TKO trail party!

Today, almost all trails on our public lands are now maintained by volunteers. From team building events, to trail parties, and organizing behind the scenes, there’s a way everyone can help.

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