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Federal agencies and national groups reaffirm support for trails training

By Stuart Macdonald

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Learn new trail skills in 2012!

Support for the National Trails Training Partnership was reaffirmed in the fall of 2011 with a new agreement among land management agencies and trail groups. Download the NTTP memorandum of understanding (pdf 381 kb)

Six Federal agencies and 24 national organizations dedicated to outdoor recreation and conservation have signed on to the new memorandum of understanding (MOU). The nonprofit groups include every major trail activity, both motorized and nonmotorized. Water trails, wilderness hiking, urban greenways, bicyclists, equestrians, snow sports, and off-highway vehicles are all aspects of trails that are supported by the MOU.

It’s worth reading the goal of the agreement since it so clearly states the efforts that Partnership supporters have been working towards for years:

“The purpose of this MOU is to develop and expand a framework of cooperation among the Parties at the national, regional, State, and local levels for planning and implementing mutually beneficial projects, activities, and programs for workforce development, training, and education associated with trails and related outdoor recreation and transportation activities.

“These projects, activities, and programs will make quality training more available to the nationwide trails community, as well as complement the respective missions of the Parties and serve the mutual interests of the Parties and the public.

“The Parties are committed to providing and promoting training and informational resources to provide high-
quality educational and training opportunities to Federal employees, Tribal governments, State and local governmental agencies, members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations, trail contractors, and other trail partners.”

The first agreements for nationwide trails training were signed in 2003 and 2004. The new agreement continues the NTTP for another five years.

The federal agencies are:

Organizations signed on to the Trails Training agreement are:

Download the NTTP memorandum of understanding (pdf 381 kb)

Learn more about the National Trails Training Partnership at Contact us at


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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