Legacy Trails Grant Program: 2024 Pre-Application Overview

This webinar will outline the exciting trails funding opportunity and is intended to help members of the trail community to understand if this funding program is right for their needs.

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August 03, 2023

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)


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Webinar Outline

UPDATE: As of November 9, 2023 this program now requires a 20% cash or in-kind match, not the 50% match mentioned in the webinar. Please go to the Legacy Trails Program Overview page on the American Trails website for the most up-to-date information. This webinar outlines this exciting trails funding opportunity, and is intended to help members of the trail community understand if this program is right for their needs.

American Trails is pleased to partner with the U.S. Forest Service in continuing the Legacy Trails Grant Program. This program is funded up to $1.5M per year for 5 years through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and supports partner trail projects that further the Legacy Roads and Trails criteria on National Forest System trails throughout the nine Forest Service Regions. This webinar will outline this new and exciting trails funding opportunity. Funding is open to nonprofit organizations, businesses, and local agencies supporting trails on U.S. Forest Service lands. This webinar is intended to help members of the trail community to understand if this funding program is right for their needs and will allow plenty of time for attendee questions.

Please note that the application for this funding will be available in late September/early October with funding being awarded in early 2024. Please be sure you are on our mailing list to be notified as soon as more details are available.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails criteria for this program.
  • Better comprehend the types of projects that this fund will support.
  • Become familiar with the application process and timeline.
  • Understand how project proposals will be evaluated and what it takes to submit a high-quality application.


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

Webinar Resources

  • Legacy Trails Program Overview (pdf)
  • LTP Invoicing Guide (pdf)
  • LTP Grant Funding FAQ (pdf)

    Webinar Partners


    Cathy Corlett
    Portland, OR

    Cathy's holds an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. She grew up skiing in the Colorado Rockies and spends her spare time creating art, gardening, hiking, skiing and botanizing.


    Andy Welsh, Assistant National Trail Program Manager, USDA Forest Service
    Pinecrest, CA

    Andy is on a temporary assignment to the USFS Washington Office as the Assistant National Trail Program Manager. Andy normally serves as a Deputy District Ranger for the Stanislaus National Forest in California on the Mi-Wok/Summit Ranger District. He previously held recreation positions with the BLM and USFS working as a crew lead, IDT lead, project planner, and project manager on trail and wilderness projects in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Alaska. Andy has a B.S. in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire and a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Systems from Penn State.


    Danielle Fowles-McNiven, Assistant Director, Tread Lightly!, Inc.
    West Jordan, UT

    Experienced education and training manager with demonstrated success in managing a federal grant in the outdoor recreation industry focusing on environmental ethics education and stewardship projects. Skilled in budget development, grassroots organizing, public speaking and project management. Strong interpersonal communication skills. Graduated from University of Utah. LEAN SIX SIGMA for Service Green Belt candidate.


    Jim Allen, Executive Committee, Back Country Horsemen of America
    Custer, South Dakota

    Jim Allen has been involved with natural resources and outdoor recreation most of his life. Jim attended Colorado State University graduating with a BS in Forest Management Science. He worked his entire career with the US Forest Service primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region and retired from the Black Hills National Forest in 2010 after 33 years with the Forest Service. Jim’s involvement with trails and dispersed recreation increased in 2010 when he became a charter member of the Black Hills Back Country Horsemen of South Dakota. Since that time, he has served as the public lands liaison for the state chapter working with various land management agencies on assorted trail maintenance and land use issues. Since 2013 he has served on the national board of directors of Back Country Horsemen of America and has been the Co-chairman of the National Public Lands Committee for BCHA since 2014. In 2021 Jim was elected to the Executive Committee of BCHA. Jim currently resides outside of Custer, South Dakota with his wife, their two dogs, and their five mules.


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