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Collective Impact and Sustainable Trails

Learn how the White Mountain Trail Collective is implementing the Collective Impact Model to add capacity to its partners and change the way they do trail work in the White Mountain National Forest.

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February 18, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
  • Note:

    Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
    Learning Credits
    are available for this webinar.


    Webinar Outline

    How can like-minded organizations pull together to achieve and maintain sustainable trail systems? Too many organizations are working in isolation from one another. Collective impact brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change; trails are not an exception.

    With a common agenda, shared measurement, fostering mutually reinforcing activities, and encouraging continuous communication and a strong backbone organization, it is possible to “raise all ships” and add much needed capacity to trail stewardship.

    Learn how the White Mountain Trail Collective is implementing the Collective Impact Model to add capacity to its partners and change the way they do trail work in the White Mountain National Forest.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn about the Collective Impact Model
    • New collaborations with Partners
    • Growing Stewardship


    This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


    Webinar Partners


    Melanie Luce, Executive Director, White Mountain Trail Collective

    Melanie Luce joined the White Mountain Trail Collective (WTMC) in January of 2017 as a volunteer providing marketing, communications and administrative leadership. In 2019 she became the organization's first paid Executive Director. Under Melanie’s leadership WMTC’s funding has increased from $175,000 in her first year to $580,000 in 2020, and she’s expanded staffing to include a Development Director, Marketing Director, Project Manager and Assistant Project Manager.

    Melanie serves on the board of Granite Outdoor Alliance, and works with both the Forest Service and State of NH to help promote sustainable outdoor recreation. She is currently working to become a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a distinction held by less than 6,000 nonprofit executives.

    Melanie lives with her husband Kevin in New Hampton, NH and their two large furry dogs. She is a lover of nature and animals and enjoys hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and being outside.


    Stanley Carte, Assistant Recreation and Wilderness Program Leader, White Mountain National Forest, USDA Forest Service

    Stan started his career with the Forest Service as a SCA backcountry patrol volunteer in 1989. Spent the next 23 years with the United States Forest Service in New Hampshire and Ohio honing his trails, wilderness and recreation skills. Built multiple motorized, equestrian, and hiking trails, including numerous fully accessible trails for all to enjoy.

    In 2012 Stan left the Forest Service to further his education and pursued a Master’s in Project Management with hopes of bringing his newly found skills back to the Forest Service. After graduating in 2017 he started working for the Mark Twain National Forest as the trails and Wilderness Manager for Zones 1 and 2 where he managed the Ozark Trail and built relationships with volunteers and partners to help care for 750 miles of hiking and equestrian trails.

    December of 2019, he returned home to the White Mountain National Forest as the Assistant Recreation and Wilderness Program Leader where he oversees trails and Wilderness programs on the Forest. As the trails program leader, Stan has the opportunity to work with folks as the lead data steward, directly working with employees at the District and the Regional offices, as well as volunteers and partners.


    Webinar Resources

    Closed Captioning

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    Learning Credits and CEUs

    American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH)
    • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
    • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

    Learning credits are free for American Trails webinars and are either free or a $15 fee for other conferences, webinars, or workshops.


    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.

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