J.T. Horn is Director of the National Trails Initiative at The Trust for Public Land (TPL) where he has worked since 2007. His experience in land conservation includes creating new municipally managed community forests, conserving large timberland parcels, preserving farmland, protecting trails, and building citizen coalitions in support of conservation projects. He has successfully closed some of the largest land conservation transactions in the United States and has experience working with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Forest Legacy Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and numerous state and local agencies. J.T. serves on the national leadership team that oversees implementation of The Trust for Public Land’s 5-year strategic plan. He assists TPL’s 25 field offices develop the funding, partnerships, tools and metrics for planning, building and protecting trails from community trails to congressionally designated National Scenic and Historic Trails. J.T.’s experience in the conservation sector started after college as a seasonal trail crew leader and winter caretaker with the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He then worked for ten years at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as the New England Director overseeing 730 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail between Connecticut and Maine.