Trail Operations Forum
Overview: The Trail Operations Forum is intended for program managers/directors to share and discuss priority topics relating to trail operations. This group plans to explore topics such as viewshed management & agency systems; the NEPA process; cooperative agreements between agencies and trail organizations; syncing compliance, fundraising, and volunteer management cycles (project management); renewable energy projects and impacts to trails; powerlines and pipeline projects along trails; GAOA funding; trail protection partnerships with habitat/sportsmen groups; roles & responsibilities in the partnerships between federal agencies and non-profits (who does what & when); successful state partnerships; and more.
Meeting Schedule: This group meets every other month. Meeting schedule: July 15, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET; September 16, 2021; November 18, 2021; January 20, 2022; March 17, 2022; May 19, 2022; July 21, 2022.
Next Generation Roundtable: A discussion forum for program managers and the next generation
Overview: The Next Generation Roundtable is intended for both organizational professionals and next generation folks. Organizations with existing next generation programs and those that are interested in starting a next generation program are welcome to join this roundtable. This group plans to explore topics such as program structure, empowering youth through decision-making and advisory roles, recruitment, ongoing engagement, program evaluation, and more. It will feature discussions led by both next-generation program participants and organizational professionals while providing opportunities to learn, share, and network.
Meeting Schedule: This group meets quarterly. 2021-2022 Meeting Schedule: August 25, 2021; November 17, 2021; February 16, 2021; May 18, 2022
Volunteer Program Working Group
Overview: The Volunteer Program Working Group meetings consist of featured presentations of projects and/or programs by members about their work with volunteers followed by discussion and Q&A. This group has explored topics such as the impact of COVID on volunteerism and procedures; volunteer onboarding and training; driving and personal vehicles; volunteer injury; retaining volunteers; working with youth; volunteer experience from sign up to end of project; volunteer reporting processes; databases and volunteer management platforms; and more. This group will continue to discuss successes and challenges associated with priority volunteerism topics.
Meeting Schedule: This group meets quarterly. 2021-2022 Meeting Schedule: July 21, 2021; October 20, 2021; January 19, 2022; April 20, 2022