The Trail Partnership Research Project

This webinar reviews the findings from a study with the Forest Service and National Park Service discussing the factors that make partnerships more or less successful and provides recommendations to improve current and future partnerships.

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Event Details

June 20, 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

The US Forest Service and National Park Service engage in partnerships with a variety of organizations to help support our national trail systems. These "trail partnerships" take many shapes with various goals, management structures, and levels of success. The USFS and NPS have partnered with Virginia Tech's Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation to research the factors that may make these partnerships more or less successful and develop recommendations to improve current and future partnerships. In this session, James Freeman, PhD Candidate at Virginia Tech, will discuss the final results of the two-year study, recommendations provided by the research team, and future work to help operationalize these recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn about previous research on trail partnerships.
  • Attendees will better understand what factors lead to more- and less-successful trail partnerships.
  • Attendees will learn strategies to help improve the operation and outcomes of their partnerships.


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


Webinar Partners


James Freeman, PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
Arlington, Virginia

James Freeman is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech and Principal Consultant at Trailhead Consultants, LLC. in Arlington, Virginia. James has 20 years experience conducting research to support federal and non-profit land management organizations in the areas of recreation and NEPA. His recent work includes research for the USFS and NPS Trail Partnership Research Project and supporting the Trail Skills Project with American Trails. In his free time, James does improvisational comedy with the Washington Improv Theater, gets outside as much as possible, and chases his cat, Pepper, throughout the neighborhood when she escapes the yard.


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

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