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 (Pacific Time)


$19 for members (Trail Professional level or higher)
$39 for nonmembers

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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


Lauren Edwards-Johnson, Programs Coordinator, The Corps Network

As a Programs Coordinator, Lauren oversees and provides support for U.S. Forest Service, NPS, and Fish & Wildlife projects and initiatives in addition to various other AmeriCorps and TCN programs.

Prior to joining The Corps Network team, Lauren completed an AmeriCorps service term with the Montana Conservation Corps as a Northern Rockies region field crew member. She served in wilderness areas, public lands, and national parks in Montana and Idaho on backcountry trail construction, conservation, and historical preservation projects.

Lauren is also a Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings leader and volunteers her time by organizing outdoor recreational activities and she recently received Wilderness First Aid Certification through MEDIC SOLO Medical School.


Jim Fried, Program Director, Wyoming Conservation Corps

Jim Fried grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where his love for the outdoors was born. The woods and beautiful places instilled a desire for nature and a yearning for more. The beautiful Wind River Range of Wyoming was the stepping stone to his outdoor education. Backpacking trips that exposed him to the wilderness of the west was an integral component that bought him closer and closer to the WCC.

Jim graduated with a Double major in Geography and Environment and Natural Resources. He now resides in Centennial, Wyoming in a cabin with his chainsaw, skis, and mountain bike. He has been with the program since the summer of 2012 where he started out as a crew member. His desire for hard work and living in the outdoors was shaped by that amazing first season with the Wyoming Conservation Corps. Since then he has elevated to the position of Crew Leader, and currently the Field Supervisor. This program allows him to be with like minded people.


Mike Wright, Ancestral Lands Regional Director, Southwest Conservation Corps

Mike spent five seasons with the Forest Service in Arizona while working towards his B.S. in Ecology and Natural History at Prescott College. His final studies included conducting Wild and Scenic river research in the Grand Canyon. Mike has directed small corps programs, served as Project Coordinator for RMYC (CO) and spent five years as Academic Director for an alternative high school focused on service learning and outdoor experience. Throughout this time, he became more passionate about the Southwest’s amazing rivers and was also a river instructor with Outward Bound. Joining SCC as River Restoration Director was a culmination of Mike’s varied experiences. Here he supported watershed length, collaborative habitat restoration initiatives on the Dolores, Verde, Escalante, and Gila rivers with five conservation corps programs and a wide host of partners. After 6 years in this position, Mike stepped into the role as SCC's Ancestral Lands Regional Director where he supports 5 offices on Acoma Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, Navajo Nation, Hopi and in Albuquerque's South Valley. Engaging Native American staff, crews and interns in communities of need while restoring and protecting habitat across the Southwest continues to motivate and inspire.


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.


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