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The Future of Transportation and Recreation Trail Projects

Utilizing Youth and Conservation Corps

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!

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December 05, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 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

    For decades, America’s Service and Conservation Corps have partnered with local, state, and federal transportation and resource management authorities to complete critical trail and transportation infrastructure projects. Corps are embedded in their communities and serve as common-sense partners for transportation and resource management agencies. They are cost-effective, show up ready to work, and manage their own crews, insurance, and recruitment while helping to increase your staff capacity.

    The Corps Network, the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and their cooperative agreement, will discuss how trail and transportation professionals can utilize Corps to complete critical recreational trail work in a cost-effective manner and help develop the next generation of diverse trail, transportation, and recreation professionals.

    Expertise Level: Novice to Intermediate

    Trail type(s) the webinar applies to: Multi-use Trails (hiking, equestrian, bike, ski/snowmobile, ATV/OHV), Bridges and Boardwalks, Rock and Masonry work, Sustainable Trail Maintenance and Construction, Trail Inventory and Assessment, Tribal and Indigenous community trails, Public-Private Partnerships.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn about the Corps model and workforce service-learning
    • Learn how Corps are cost-effective partners towards completing transportation and recreational trail priorities
    • Learn how to connect with and develop partnerships with your local corps program
    • Learn how to complete more trail work and help pave career pathways for the next generation of trail users


    Webinar Partners


    Lauren Edwards-Johnson, Programs Coordinator, The Corps Network
    Washington, District of Columbia

    Lauren Edwards-Johnson is a Programs Coordinator who manages The Corps Network’s (TCN) federal land grants, agreements, and various other public-private partnerships. Prior to joining TCN, Lauren completed an AmeriCorps service term with the Montana Conservation Corps as a Northern Rockies region field crewmember. She served in wilderness areas and public lands in Montana and Idaho on backcountry trail construction, conservation, and historical preservation projects.


    Patrick Pfeifer, Conservation Program Director, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

    Patrick believes in the power of possibility.

    A common thread throughout Patrick’s career is the quest for possibility – whether in the mountains of Arizona managing forest restoration operations, launching multicultural community programs, or reimagining “waste” through research and entrepreneurship. At all scales, from scrappy start-ups to multi-billion-dollar organizations, in private businesses and non-profits, and from abstract theory to manual labor, Patrick has worked to find alternatives to impossibility.

    Patrick gleaned this outlook during his first season with a Corps in the Southwest, observing how perseverance, teamwork, and creative thinking could overcome obstacles. It was inspiring to see members rise to these challenges and gain their own new perspectives and pathways

    As Program Director, Patrick creates these same types of experiences for youth through growing the program, building partnerships, and supporting a fantastic team to run the program each season. Patrick enjoys exploring Vermont by ski and bicycle, and operates a small farm with his partner while restoring a 200+ year old farmhouse.


    Shandiin Nez, Ancestral Lands – Navajo, Program Coordinator

    Shandiin joined the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) in 2013, following two field seasons as a Corpsmember and then leading a trail crew in 2015. Shandiin then lead a professional trail crew in the Cascade Mountains with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, worked on dry stone masonry work with a Durango landscaping company, and became an instructor for the Student Conservation Association. Over time, Shandiin felt private sector work lacked indigenous community involvement and missed the sacred geography of the Dinetah homeland, which ultimately lead her back to SCC. She is now a Program Coordinator with the Ancestral Lands Navajo program.


    Rachel Price, AmeriCorps Program Director, Palmetto Conservation Foundation

    Rachel Price works as the AmeriCorps Program Director at Palmetto Conservation Foundation in Columbia, South Carolina. Rachel has managed the Palmetto Conservation Corps since its launch in the Fall of 2016. She graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and began working in the nonprofit sector to expand access to outdoor recreation and public lands directly after completing her own year of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. In her free time, Rachel enjoys any dog friendly activity with the absolute best four-legged friend any girl could ask for, her rescued hound dog named Duke


    Webinar Resources

    The Corps Network The Corps Network, Trails and Transportation

    Corps & The Recreational Trails Program YouTube Playlist

    Building the Future Partnership Guide

    Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

    Southwest Conservation Corps – Ancestral Lands

    Palmetto Conservation Foundation






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

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