National Trails Legislative Update 2024

Review the status of current legislation that impacts the trails community and our work and learn how you can help advocate for funding and policies that will have positive impacts on our trails.

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Event Details

June 27, 2024

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: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Join Partnership for the National Trails System and American Hiking Society to review the status of current legislation that impacts the trails community and our work. Learn how you can help advocate for funding and policies that will have positive impacts on our trails, the government employees who work on them and the nonprofit partners that support them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand trail advocacy work
  • Understand legislation that impacts trails
  • Understand the larger trails community


Webinar Partners


Courtney Lyons-Garcia, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)
New Braunfels, Texas

Courtney Lyons-Garcia joined the Partnership for the National Trails System in October 2023. In addition to administrative leadership, she is responsible for fundraising, advocacy, marketing and public relations for the organization, as well as board and membership development. She also teaches classes in Mass Communications for Texas State University as an Adjunct Professor.

Courtney holds master’s degrees in both media/public affairs and sustainable tourism from George Washington University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University as well.

Courtney began her non-profit career at The American Red Cross of Central Texas in Austin. In 2000, she moved to Washington DC, earning both of her masters degrees while working in the Development Department at The George Washington University. She completed her master’s degree internship as an editorial assistant at National Geographic Traveler before joining the National Parks Conservation Association. After moving home to Texas, Courtney served as the Development Director at the San Antonio Botanical Society, Development Director for the Mid-Texas Symphony, serving Seguin and New Braunfels and spent more than 13 years as Executive Director of Big Bend Conservancy.

A Corpus Christi native, Courtney is married to Mark Garcia and has a nineteen year old son Bryce who is a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University and a sixteen year old daughter Sydney who is a sophomore in high school. She resides in New Braunfels, Texas, and is active with Great Springs Project, serves on the board for the Comal Trails Alliance and is a Grade Level Advisor for National Charity League. She also serves on the city’s Parks Advisory Board, and previously served on the Community Development Advisory Board, the Building Standards Commission, the 2023 Bond Committee, Historic Landmark Commission and chaired the Main Street Advisory Board for two years. She also served on the New Braunfels ISD’s District Educational Improvement Committee and on the 2021 NBISD Bond Committee.


Tyler Ray, Senior Director for Programs and Advocacy, American Hiking Society
Silver Spring, Maryland

Tyler joined American Hiking in 2018, after nearly seven years with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where he led federal advocacy efforts on voting rights, disability rights, and humane border enforcement. He earned his Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Public Policy from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He obtained a B.A. degree in Social Science from San Diego State University.

As a native Californian, Tyler began hiking in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s and the Stanislaus National Forest. He’s been fortunate to experience trails across the country, with favorites including the Hanakapiai Trail in Kauai, the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail, and state park and national forest trails throughout his adoptive home in Virginia.

When not hiking the hill advocating on behalf of AHS members, Tyler spends time with his husband and their dog, Kona, looking for their next outdoor adventure.


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