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Case Statement for National Trails Training Partnership


This paper is intended to provide a summary of NTTP principles; our mission is to promote cooperation on trail-related training.


The National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP) is a nationwide partnership committed to making training for trails and greenways skills more available. The Partnership is seeking funding for several projects which will further that aim. These include:


The challenges shared by all trails advocates is the need for well-trained, effective volunteers and staff. Some trail groups have relied on experienced trail builders from the federal agencies, but the old-timers are fast retiring and new people with trails skills aren't necessarily being hired. In the same way, our volunteers don't always stick around for years, and training new people is hard work in itself.

Recognizing this need across America, a wide variety of agencies and national trail organizations representing all user groups have joined together to address the issue. The National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP) is an effort by trails advocates to improve opportunities for training for the nationwide trails community. The vision of the Partnership is "to ensure that the full range of skills, training, and resource information is available to trail groups, communities, tribal governments, and State and Federal agencies."

To put it another way, our goal is to help both staff and volunteers plan, design, enhance, build, interpret, protect, and maintain trails and greenways for all Americans.


Current key efforts of the National Trails Training Partnership include:


The National Trails Training Partnership has the support of all major Federal land management agencies, and the full range of non-profit organizations in the trails, greenways, and outdoor recreation fields. We work with State and regional agencies as well, and include all State Trails Programs in every State in our efforts. The NTTP Steering Committee is composed of these Partners:

For More Information:

Please see the National Trails Training Partnership website at

Contact for NTTP is:

Pam Gluck, Executive Director
American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
Phone (530) 605-4395 - Fax: (530) 547-2035

Webmaster: Stuart Macdonald

Originally published October 17, 2007


The National Trails Training Partnership

American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 • (530) 605-4395 • Fax: (530) 547-2035 •

The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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