With much careful thought and deliberation, a consensus decision was reached earlier today at the Trail Leaders Council meeting to cancel the Partnership for the National Trails System’s in-person Fall Workshop (scheduled for October 26-30, 2020) at Spartanburg, S.C. This decision was made on the recommendation of the PNTS Conference and Workshop Committee and with the knowledge and agreement of the Board. We know you value face-to-face interactions, but with concerns and so many uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the future, organization budgets, and travel restrictions, we believe it is the right decision.
Anticipating this decision, the Fall Workshop team already has begun planning for a virtual workshop to be held at a similar time in late October (3rd/4th weeks). We are excited about seizing this opportunity to innovate, learn, deliver meaningful content, and provide new ways for us to engage with one another. Stay tuned for the exact dates and schedule here: http://pnts.org/new/our-work/workshops/.
We wish to recognize RG Absher, Chair of the Fall Workshop Committee, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, for their work leading up to our original plans in South Carolina and now pivoting with the rest of the members of the team to take the agenda and translate it to a virtual event.
We anticipate that a full schedule and details for participation will be available in mid-July.
We also would like to remind you of the COVID-19 resources available from the trail community to help keep you informed during these challenging times: http://pnts.org/new/covid-19-updates-for-national-scenic-and-historic-trails/.
If you have any questions concerning this email or this decision, please contact Karen Crossley at (608) 249-7870 (office), (608) 770-1641 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you all are staying safe. With great appreciation,
Barney Scout Mann Karen Crossley
Board Chair Interim Executive Director