2019 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Highlights

Trail Management — Managed significant portions of 15 NSHTs on 860 miles of public lands in 21 States. 

Inventory — Collected field data in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast/New England States for the FWS Cycle 3 Trails Inventory (TrIP 3.0). As of the end of 2019, the FWS and its Service Corps partner, American Conservation Experience, have completed over 68 trails identification webinars on National Wildlife Refuge and National Fish Hatcheries, and have complete trails data for 37 of them.

Partnerships — Worked with Youth and Service Corps member the American Conservation Experience’s Emerging Professional Intern Corps (EPIC) to conduct TrIP 3.0.

Staffing — FWS National Trails Council representative Nathan Caldwell retired on Dec. 31, 2018. Maggie O’Connell, Branch Chief of Visitor Services for the National Wildlife Refuge System at FWS headquarters, has taken on those responsibilities.