Webinar Archive

Access PNTS Webinar Recordings for free. Sort by Date of the webinar, Title of the webinar, or Theme. You will also find workshop and trail operations forum recordings under the Theme tab.

 

DateTitleTheme

 

A Comprehensive Approach to Inform User Management on Trails and Public Lands

Event date March 1, 2022. Learn about exciting ‘recreation ecology’ research by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and partners as well as how researchers and agencies are working to study recreation in western Canada to:

  • Map, measure, and model how, where, and when people recreate on trails and public lands (i.e., human footprint and intensity of use)
  • Help trail and public land managers gain a more comprehensive understanding of users to inform management and planning needs
  • Identify how agencies and volunteer groups can best use multiple sources of data to better preserve trails and public lands and reduce conflict among people and wildlife, and between user groups

More information at https://y2y.net/ and https://recreationecology.opened.ca/

 

Accessibility, Connectivity, and the Expansion of Recreational Opportunities with the National Digital Trails Project

Event date December 7, 2021. Learn about the goals of the National Digital Trails Project; TRAILS (Trail Routing, Analysis, and Information Linkage System), a web-based trail planning tool that serves to identify potential routes for connecting existing trails and trail systems; the Nationwide Trails Dataset, a public domain dataset of federal and many statewide trails; the Trail Data Portal that provides a path for authoritative trail managers to upload their trails into the Nationwide Trails Dataset; and, future plans for the project. Both the TRAILS tool and the Trail Data Portal will be demonstrated. Please click here to learn more about the National Digital Trails Project and the presenters. 

 

Increasing Youth Engagement and Diversity on National Trails

Event date September 28, 2021. Wendy Lotze, the Volunteer Program Manager of the Arizona Trail Association and Felicia Hokenstad, the Coalition Leader of North Country Trail Association’s Next Generation Coalition share about their efforts to improve diversity and engagement on National Scenic Trails. Learn about how North Country Trail Association is improving their volunteer engagement efforts, building community, utilizing social media, and how their JEDI committee has been involved with youth engagement. Wendy shares about Arizona Trail Association’s Seeds of Stewardship program which is aimed at engaging youth from gateway communities, the importance of first having a diverse trail community before beginning to create a diverse volunteer pool, as well as how the Arizona Trail Association is working to engage individuals aged 20-40 and embrace the nature of occasional volunteerism.

 

Conservation Legacy’s VISTA Programs: Programming for Diverse Conservation and Community Service Projects

Event date August 17, 2021. Learn about how you can become a project sponsor of a dedicated full time AmeriCorps VISTA member to help your organization build capacity through activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment.

 

Make the Most of National Public Lands Day: NEEF Resources and Sponsorship Opportunities

Event date July 20, 2021. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) will give an overview of the 2021 National Public Lands Day celebration, including important deadlines, links to NPLD planning resources, and information about applying for sponsorship opportunities for organizations hosting NPLD events. NEEF will also provide examples of past NPLD events hosted by trail organizations, both small and large, as potential inspiration for projects on National Trails.

 

Land Acquisition 102: Identifying Priorities, Securing Funding, and Working with Partners

Event date June 2, 2021. Learn about land conservation resources with the National Park Foundation, The Conservation Fund, and the National Park Service. The presenters will discuss the LWCF process and resources, grants, and other opportunities to help advance land acquisition projects. They will provide helpful tips to help you prepare for projects and work with federal agencies and nonprofit partners to leverage resources for land acquisition. There will be time to ask questions about the complexities of land acquisition and situations specific to your land acquisition needs.

 

Land Acquisition 101

Event date May 13, 2021. Learn from J.T. Horn from the Trust for Public Land and Joe Sobinovsky, Realty Specialist at the National Park Service National Trails Land Acquisition office in Martinsburg, WV, about how to begin the land acquisition process, what the process entails, and how LWCF money can be utilized in collaboration with your agency partners. Additionally, you will learn what the role of a Land Trust is in the land acquisition process and how you can work alongside land trusts for successful acquisition.

Accessibility, Connectivity, and the Expansion of Recreational Opportunities with the National Digital Trails Project

Event date December 7, 2021. Learn about the goals of the National Digital Trails Project; TRAILS (Trail Routing, Analysis, and Information Linkage System), a web-based trail planning tool that serves to identify potential routes for connecting existing trails and trail systems; the Nationwide Trails Dataset, a public domain dataset of federal and many statewide trails; the Trail Data Portal that provides a path for authoritative trail managers to upload their trails into the Nationwide Trails Dataset; and, future plans for the project. Both the TRAILS tool and the Trail Data Portal will be demonstrated. Please click here to learn more about the National Digital Trails Project and the presenters. 

 

A Comprehensive Approach to Inform User Management on Trails and Public Lands

Event date March 1, 2022. Learn about exciting ‘recreation ecology’ research by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and partners as well as how researchers and agencies are working to study recreation in western Canada to:

  • Map, measure, and model how, where, and when people recreate on trails and public lands (i.e., human footprint and intensity of use)
  • Help trail and public land managers gain a more comprehensive understanding of users to inform management and planning needs
  • Identify how agencies and volunteer groups can best use multiple sources of data to better preserve trails and public lands and reduce conflict among people and wildlife, and between user groups

More information at https://y2y.net/ and https://recreationecology.opened.ca/

 

Conservation Legacy’s VISTA Programs: Programming for Diverse Conservation and Community Service Projects

Event date August 17, 2021. Learn about how you can become a project sponsor of a dedicated full time AmeriCorps VISTA member to help your organization build capacity through activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment.

 

Increasing Youth Engagement and Diversity on National Trails

Event date September 28, 2021. Wendy Lotze, the Volunteer Program Manager of the Arizona Trail Association and Felicia Hokenstad, the Coalition Leader of North Country Trail Association’s Next Generation Coalition share about their efforts to improve diversity and engagement on National Scenic Trails. Learn about how North Country Trail Association is improving their volunteer engagement efforts, building community, utilizing social media, and how their JEDI committee has been involved with youth engagement. Wendy shares about Arizona Trail Association’s Seeds of Stewardship program which is aimed at engaging youth from gateway communities, the importance of first having a diverse trail community before beginning to create a diverse volunteer pool, as well as how the Arizona Trail Association is working to engage individuals aged 20-40 and embrace the nature of occasional volunteerism.

 

Land Acquisition 101

Event date May 13, 2021. Learn from J.T. Horn from the Trust for Public Land and Joe Sobinovsky, Realty Specialist at the National Park Service National Trails Land Acquisition office in Martinsburg, WV, about how to begin the land acquisition process, what the process entails, and how LWCF money can be utilized in collaboration with your agency partners. Additionally, you will learn what the role of a Land Trust is in the land acquisition process and how you can work alongside land trusts for successful acquisition.

 

Land Acquisition 102: Identifying Priorities, Securing Funding, and Working with Partners

Event date June 2, 2021. Learn about land conservation resources with the National Park Foundation, The Conservation Fund, and the National Park Service. The presenters will discuss the LWCF process and resources, grants, and other opportunities to help advance land acquisition projects. They will provide helpful tips to help you prepare for projects and work with federal agencies and nonprofit partners to leverage resources for land acquisition. There will be time to ask questions about the complexities of land acquisition and situations specific to your land acquisition needs.

 

Make the Most of National Public Lands Day: NEEF Resources and Sponsorship Opportunities

Event date July 20, 2021. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) will give an overview of the 2021 National Public Lands Day celebration, including important deadlines, links to NPLD planning resources, and information about applying for sponsorship opportunities for organizations hosting NPLD events. NEEF will also provide examples of past NPLD events hosted by trail organizations, both small and large, as potential inspiration for projects on National Trails.

 

Collaboration and Engagement 

Increasing Youth Engagement and Diversity on National Trails

Event date September 28, 2021. Wendy Lotze, the Volunteer Program Manager of the Arizona Trail Association and Felicia Hokenstad, the Coalition Leader of North Country Trail Association’s Next Generation Coalition share about their efforts to improve diversity and engagement on National Scenic Trails. Learn about how North Country Trail Association is improving their volunteer engagement efforts, building community, utilizing social media, and how their JEDI committee has been involved with youth engagement. Wendy shares about Arizona Trail Association’s Seeds of Stewardship program which is aimed at engaging youth from gateway communities, the importance of first having a diverse trail community before beginning to create a diverse volunteer pool, as well as how the Arizona Trail Association is working to engage individuals aged 20-40 and embrace the nature of occasional volunteerism.

 

Make the Most of National Public Lands Day: NEEF Resources and Sponsorship Opportunities

Event date July 20, 2021. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) will give an overview of the 2021 National Public Lands Day celebration, including important deadlines, links to NPLD planning resources, and information about applying for sponsorship opportunities for organizations hosting NPLD events. NEEF will also provide examples of past NPLD events hosted by trail organizations, both small and large, as potential inspiration for projects on National Trails.

 

Strengthening Organizations and Partnerships 

Conservation Legacy’s VISTA Programs: Programming for Diverse Conservation and Community Service Projects

Event date August 17, 2021. Learn about how you can become a project sponsor of a dedicated full time AmeriCorps VISTA member to help your organization build capacity through activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment.

 

Trail Land Protection

A Comprehensive Approach to Inform User Management on Trails and Public Lands

Event date March 1, 2022. Learn about exciting ‘recreation ecology’ research by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and partners as well as how researchers and agencies are working to study recreation in western Canada to:

  • Map, measure, and model how, where, and when people recreate on trails and public lands (i.e., human footprint and intensity of use)
  • Help trail and public land managers gain a more comprehensive understanding of users to inform management and planning needs
  • Identify how agencies and volunteer groups can best use multiple sources of data to better preserve trails and public lands and reduce conflict among people and wildlife, and between user groups

More information at https://y2y.net/ and https://recreationecology.opened.ca/

 

Accessibility, Connectivity, and the Expansion of Recreational Opportunities with the National Digital Trails Project

Event date December 7, 2021. Learn about the goals of the National Digital Trails Project; TRAILS (Trail Routing, Analysis, and Information Linkage System), a web-based trail planning tool that serves to identify potential routes for connecting existing trails and trail systems; the Nationwide Trails Dataset, a public domain dataset of federal and many statewide trails; the Trail Data Portal that provides a path for authoritative trail managers to upload their trails into the Nationwide Trails Dataset; and, future plans for the project. Both the TRAILS tool and the Trail Data Portal will be demonstrated. Please click here to learn more about the National Digital Trails Project and the presenters. 

 

Land Acquisition 101

Event date May 13, 2021. Learn from J.T. Horn from the Trust for Public Land and Joe Sobinovsky, Realty Specialist at the National Park Service National Trails Land Acquisition office in Martinsburg, WV, about how to begin the land acquisition process, what the process entails, and how LWCF money can be utilized in collaboration with your agency partners. Additionally, you will learn what the role of a Land Trust is in the land acquisition process and how you can work alongside land trusts for successful acquisition.

 

Land Acquisition 102: Identifying Priorities, Securing Funding, and Working with Partners

Event date June 2, 2021. Learn about land conservation resources with the National Park Foundation, The Conservation Fund, and the National Park Service. The presenters will discuss the LWCF process and resources, grants, and other opportunities to help advance land acquisition projects. They will provide helpful tips to help you prepare for projects and work with federal agencies and nonprofit partners to leverage resources for land acquisition. There will be time to ask questions about the complexities of land acquisition and situations specific to your land acquisition needs.

 

Trail Operations Forum

Appalachian Trail Facility Asset Management & Project Planning

Event date February 8, 2022. Learn from the Facility Manager of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail with the National Park Service (NPS) about how the Facility Management Software System (FMSS) has been utilized on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Saw Program: Challenges and Successes

Event date April 13, 2022. Learn about the successes and challenges of PCTA’s Saw Program. 

 

2021 Virtual Workshop

November 1-4, 2021. Find the full program with session materials and speaker information here.

Keynote Session: Rethink Outside™: Let’s Tell a New Story!

Anupama Joshi (she/her), Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum delivered a keynote presentation on the critical role narratives and stories play in enabling partnerships, funding and policy change. She introduced the Rethink Outside™ shared narrative (co-generated and coordinated by Blue Sky Funders Forum) and shared ideas for how you can apply it to your organization’s interpretive and educational efforts.

 

Working with Corps to Build Capacity and Mobilize the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

During this session the Corps Network will present about the versatility of Corps programs, how programs can help increase JEDI, how to work with Corps and overcome barriers. The session will end with an interactive activity that will help attendees understand how partners can work together to reach a funded agreement.

 

Emerging Land Conservation Policy: America the Beautiful, Ten-Year Trail Challenge, and Environmental Justice 

Deputy Assistant Secretary Strickler will provide an overview of the America the Beautiful report, including a discussion about the opportunities it presents for trails, where the administration is now and where it is moving forward, as well as how trails can advance conservation and equity in the context of America the Beautiful. Deputy Assistant Secretary Strickler’s remarks will be followed by a discussion of the Ten-Year Trails Challenge by Brenda Yankoviak of the U.S. Forest Service. Gabriel Otero from the Wilderness Society will then discuss how nonprofit initiatives related to environmental justice and equity will be influenced by America the Beautiful.

 

Land Conservation on Trails: An Introduction To Proven Tools And Strategies 

This session will present examples and discuss how agencies and their nonprofit partners can expand trail land conservation. Participants will hear about a variety of strategies and real examples for land conservation including planning, mapping, tapping different funding sources and creative partnerships and easements. Presentations will be followed by a group discussion with Federal Land Preservation Office staff and other experts who will speak with session participants about how to start or advance land conservation on trails.

 

Moving the Needle: Presentations and Discussion about LWCF, Conservation Tools, and Creative Partnerships

This session includes a discussion about how agencies and their nonprofit partners can expand trail land conservation within the framework of America the Beautiful and other priority initiatives. Participants will learn about different conservation tools and receive updates on federal agency LWCF processes.

 

Opening the Door for Crucial Conversations 

Christine McRae, Executive Director of Native Land Digital, will give a presentation about the background of Native Lands and how Native-Land.ca came about, and how to make a meaningful land acknowledgement. Christine will also discuss the importance of crucial conversations and partnerships and the importance of creating space for indigenous voices. This session opens with an ‘oli (oh-lee) or a chant by Kalikoonāmaukūpuna (Kaliko) Kalāhiki, a Native Hawaiian student at Brown University seeking to recenter environmentalism on Indigenous movements in order to directly address climate change and environmental injustice to set the intention for the session and the workshop day. Carin Farley, the National Scenic and Historic Trails (Lead) at the Bureau of Land Management, follows this chant with a discussion about how the recent partnership between Native Land Digital, BLM, USFS, PNTS, and Ancestral Lands was formed and how the new administration’s priorities have opened the doors for these new and diverse partnerships.

 

The Native Act and Sustainable Tourism

During this workshop session, Sherry Rupert, the CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will discuss the Native Act and what it means for trails as well as the importance of sustainable tourism that honors tradition.

 

Indigenous Voices: Collaboration and Engagement

This workshop session contains a panel of indigenous speakers who will discuss their collaborative experiences with trails and other public lands and discuss how to manage differences in conversations and create meaningful partnerships. Themes for this panel discussion will include land care ethics, safety and accessibility, and collaborations with trail systems and public lands.

 

Ethical Storytelling

Nonprofits, volunteer organizations, and federal agencies all use storytelling to promote the trails, yet many organizations struggle to tell stories in a way that cultivates more belonging, represents all stakeholders, and highlights shared narratives. How can we use our storytelling platforms as vehicles for social change? How do we share power in storytelling and remain accountable to local communities? This session invites attendees to move beyond shifts in lexicon and imagery, in favor of embracing methods that challenge assumptions and inspire empathy.

 

2020 Virtual Workshop

Find session and speaker information and the recording links here.