Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance We bring the benefits of the National Park Service to communities like yours to connect all Americans to your parks, trails, rivers and other special places.
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Check out updates from our staff and project partners across the country, and learn more at www.nps.gov/rtca

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06/04/2021

In celebration of #NationalTrailsDay on Saturday, June 5, 10 new national recreation trails, adding more than 160 miles to the National Trails System, have been designated. The national recreation trails program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with multiple federal and nonprofit partners. The trails include national scenic, national historic and national recreation trails that offer an abundance of opportunities to experience the majestic landscapes of the country and build awareness of historic events that have shaped the nation.

Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/soi-designates-10-new-recreation-trails-2021.htm

Image: Paddlers explore the Green and Nolin Rivers Blueway located within Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. NPS/Ashley Decker

The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program believes that connecting to the natural w...
06/03/2021

The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program believes that connecting to the natural world is a fundamental human need, essential to our well-being.

We are dedicated to expanding access to the outdoors and building healthy communities across the country. Our program supports community-led projects by assisting with the planning and design of new and existing parks, conservation areas, and trails that provide safe and equitable access to close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities.

Learn more about our work:https://www.nps.gov/experiences/upload/Introduction-to-NPS-RTCA-508-Accessible.pdf

Image: Two bicyclists on a paved trail through a grove.

#GreatOutdoorsMonth #HealthyParksHealthyPeople #RecreateResponsibly

The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program believes that connecting to the natural world is a fundamental human need, essential to our well-being.

We are dedicated to expanding access to the outdoors and building healthy communities across the country. Our program supports community-led projects by assisting with the planning and design of new and existing parks, conservation areas, and trails that provide safe and equitable access to close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities.

Learn more about our work:https://www.nps.gov/experiences/upload/Introduction-to-NPS-RTCA-508-Accessible.pdf

Image: Two bicyclists on a paved trail through a grove.

#GreatOutdoorsMonth #HealthyParksHealthyPeople #RecreateResponsibly

On #MemorialDay, we honor our fallen troops for their service and sacrifice. Take a moment to reflect and connect with f...
05/31/2021

On #MemorialDay, we honor our fallen troops for their service and sacrifice. Take a moment to reflect and connect with family and enjoy the beautiful landscapes they defended.

Learn about how the National Park Service honors military history and those who served: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/military/index.htm

Image: Local youth at a Memorial Day flag event at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam.

On #MemorialDay, we honor our fallen troops for their service and sacrifice. Take a moment to reflect and connect with family and enjoy the beautiful landscapes they defended.

Learn about how the National Park Service honors military history and those who served: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/military/index.htm

Image: Local youth at a Memorial Day flag event at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam.

In southeast Pennsylvania, the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is assisting t...
05/29/2021

In southeast Pennsylvania, the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with a master plan for White Clay Creek Preserve State Park. This planning effort includes creating an inventory of cultural resources and developing management recommendations with a goal of protecting the environmental and historic significance of the preserve.

The London Baptist Tract Church, which dates back to 1725, is the historic center of the preserve and has been given a "Determination of Eligibility" by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Locals value the rich history of the preserve – sharing stories and urban legends about those who are buried at the cemetery.

Image: The London Baptist Tract Church and cemetery at White Clay Creek Preserve State Park.

Learn more: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/WhiteClayCreekPreserve/Pages/default.aspx

#HistoricPreservationMonth

In southeast Pennsylvania, the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with a master plan for White Clay Creek Preserve State Park. This planning effort includes creating an inventory of cultural resources and developing management recommendations with a goal of protecting the environmental and historic significance of the preserve.

The London Baptist Tract Church, which dates back to 1725, is the historic center of the preserve and has been given a "Determination of Eligibility" by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Locals value the rich history of the preserve – sharing stories and urban legends about those who are buried at the cemetery.

Image: The London Baptist Tract Church and cemetery at White Clay Creek Preserve State Park.

Learn more: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/WhiteClayCreekPreserve/Pages/default.aspx

#HistoricPreservationMonth

Wonderful recognition!!! The “Excellence in Public Programming Award" was given to the Wing Luke Museum for establishing...
05/27/2021

Wonderful recognition!!! The “Excellence in Public Programming Award" was given to the Wing Luke Museum for establishing the Japanese American Remembrance Trail in Seattle, Washington.

The National Park Service – River, Trails and Conservation Assistance program and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle, WA collaborated with the museum to create an urban hike in the city's historic Japantown. The trail is approximately a mile-long walk and features 42 sites where visitors can learn about the resilience of the Japanese-American community – from early pioneers, to World War II, through present day.

The Association of King County Historical Organizations - AKCHO presented the award to the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience on May 25, 2021.

Learn more about the Japanese American Remembrance Trail here: https://www.nps.gov/articles/a-walk-to-remember-seattle-japantown-s-new-urban-trail.htm?fbclid=IwAR1-p5l7H6LMUl_DavThBa5LnnqUXhgXcEhoJHcPap0KzeXTVhcBlNCiJzs

Image: Illustrations featuring sites along on the Japanese American Remembrance Trail. Illustrated by Arisa Nakamura.

#AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #APAHM

To celebrate National Bike Month, we’re highlighting the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assista...
05/25/2021

To celebrate National Bike Month, we’re highlighting the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program’s role in the development of the Manchester Town Forest Trails in central Maine.

Last year, the National Park Service assisted in conducting trail evaluations and mapping a new mountain biking trail for this project. Once completed, the trail will run through wooded areas and wetlands and connect to an existing trail. This new trail will expand non-motorized recreational opportunities and take usage pressure off existing trails while also providing a more challenging and remote section. Along with mountain biking, the trail will offer opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking and other recreational activities.

Trail construction will begin this summer – the three-mile trail, with several interconnected loops, is expected to be completed by Fall 2022.

This project is in collaboration with the Manchester Conservation Commission and the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). We’re looking forward to seeing this new addition to mountain biking trails in Maine!

Image 1: Volunteers move bridge construction materials for the Kerns Hill Connector trail in the Manchester Town Forest Trails. Photo courtesy of Chris Riley, Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.

Image 2: A bicyclists rides down the newly constructed trail. The Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association built the half-mile trail in 2020 with support from the Town of Manchester. Photo courtesy of Chris Riley, Central Maine Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.

As summertime and warmer weather roll around, millions of Americans will go swimming, fishing, boating and more! The Nat...
05/21/2021

As summertime and warmer weather roll around, millions of Americans will go swimming, fishing, boating and more! The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program incorporates water safety into many of our projects to encourage you and your loved ones to recreate responsibly.

This National Water Safety Month, check out these tips to be prepared for your water adventures: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/prepare-for-your-activity.htm

Image: A woman paddling in southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake.

#WaterSafety

As summertime and warmer weather roll around, millions of Americans will go swimming, fishing, boating and more! The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program incorporates water safety into many of our projects to encourage you and your loved ones to recreate responsibly.

This National Water Safety Month, check out these tips to be prepared for your water adventures: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/prepare-for-your-activity.htm

Image: A woman paddling in southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake.

#WaterSafety

The National Park Service  – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program collaborated with the Santa Fe Metropoli...
05/18/2021

The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program collaborated with the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization and Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability Office to develop a Community Health Profile for the Santa Fe Southside Sector Greenway Loop.

The community health profile captures the need for improvements to the transportation environment and access to outdoor recreation in an area of Santa Fe, New Mexico which has been overlooked during past development and infrastructure planning. In addition to identifying the diverse demographics and the disease prevalence in the area, the community health profile provides useful data that can be used to develop partnerships and solutions to the issues.

Learn more:https://santafempo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Santa-Fe-Southside-Sector-Greenway-Loop-CHP_Final_LR-compressed.pdf

Image: Cover page for the community health profile.

The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program collaborated with the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization and Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability Office to develop a Community Health Profile for the Santa Fe Southside Sector Greenway Loop.

The community health profile captures the need for improvements to the transportation environment and access to outdoor recreation in an area of Santa Fe, New Mexico which has been overlooked during past development and infrastructure planning. In addition to identifying the diverse demographics and the disease prevalence in the area, the community health profile provides useful data that can be used to develop partnerships and solutions to the issues.

Learn more:https://santafempo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Santa-Fe-Southside-Sector-Greenway-Loop-CHP_Final_LR-compressed.pdf

Image: Cover page for the community health profile.

With the school year coming to a close, don’t forget that fifth graders and their families will have FREE access to nati...
05/15/2021

With the school year coming to a close, don’t forget that fifth graders and their families will have FREE access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior until August 31, 2021!

This Kids to Parks Day, learn more about how you can explore the outdoors with your fifth grader: https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm

Image: Kids using binoculars to identify different birds.

#RecreateResponsibly #FindYourPark #EveryKidOutdoors #5thGradeInParks #KidsToParksDay

With the school year coming to a close, don’t forget that fifth graders and their families will have FREE access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior until August 31, 2021!

This Kids to Parks Day, learn more about how you can explore the outdoors with your fifth grader: https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm

Image: Kids using binoculars to identify different birds.

#RecreateResponsibly #FindYourPark #EveryKidOutdoors #5thGradeInParks #KidsToParksDay

Meandering along the rural towns of Kingstree and Andrews, South Carolina, is the Black River, a majestic but often over...
05/13/2021

Meandering along the rural towns of Kingstree and Andrews, South Carolina, is the Black River, a majestic but often overlooked body of water that twists among cypress swamps and winds around wetland forests.

The river has been mostly inaccessible to the public due to urban runoff, agricultural waste and industrial contamination, although the debut of Black River State Park is set to change that. It
is the first state park established in South Carolina in over two decades, gaining traction thanks to the partnership between communities lining the river and the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. They came together to devise public access points along the waterway for people to enjoy kayaking, fishing and multi-day excursions.

“This brings hope to our citizens,” said Tiffany Wright, the Supervisor of Williamsburg County, where a large portion of the Black River traverses. She also mentioned that the county wishes to generate economic incentives that inspire investment in the project. Numerous residents of the mostly rural part of the state, 65 percent African American, do not have easy access to the river or other natural amenities, further highlighting the importance of the planned state park.

Find out how the community and the National Park Service joined forces to revitalize the Black River by creating nature-based tourism opportunities:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5b83c49e41614dfabd8c2a5e2b686a24

Image: A cypress preserve alongside the Black River, near Andrews, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier.

#MoveTheNeedle #Conservation

Meandering along the rural towns of Kingstree and Andrews, South Carolina, is the Black River, a majestic but often overlooked body of water that twists among cypress swamps and winds around wetland forests.

The river has been mostly inaccessible to the public due to urban runoff, agricultural waste and industrial contamination, although the debut of Black River State Park is set to change that. It
is the first state park established in South Carolina in over two decades, gaining traction thanks to the partnership between communities lining the river and the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. They came together to devise public access points along the waterway for people to enjoy kayaking, fishing and multi-day excursions.

“This brings hope to our citizens,” said Tiffany Wright, the Supervisor of Williamsburg County, where a large portion of the Black River traverses. She also mentioned that the county wishes to generate economic incentives that inspire investment in the project. Numerous residents of the mostly rural part of the state, 65 percent African American, do not have easy access to the river or other natural amenities, further highlighting the importance of the planned state park.

Find out how the community and the National Park Service joined forces to revitalize the Black River by creating nature-based tourism opportunities:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5b83c49e41614dfabd8c2a5e2b686a24

Image: A cypress preserve alongside the Black River, near Andrews, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier.

#MoveTheNeedle #Conservation

In 2016, the Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE began working with the National Park Service - Rivers, Tr...
05/11/2021

In 2016, the Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE began working with the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program on the Boston Chinatown Heritage Trail – an urban trail that will encourage people to get outside and explore the vibrant historical neighborhood.

CHSNE is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. A summer-long history and digital storytelling youth program was put together through the Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inc. to produce videos that will be integrated into the trail’s interpretive resources.

Teens went on field trips to many of Boston’s National Park Service sites to learn about how heritage trails are designed and can preserve a community’s history. To give the trail exposure, the films produced were played at the annual Boston Asian American Film Festival.

The trail is still in the works, but you can check out the films here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkgaBpeHvxn8BzsSBva8VH6TUNjBatomL

Learn more about the project: https://www.nps.gov/articles/capturing-chinatown-boston-teens-bring-history-to-the-screen.htm

#AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #BeyondParkBoundaries #TheNextGeneration #AAPI

Image: Students at the Boston Asian American Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Madi Mühlberg.

In 2016, the Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE began working with the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program on the Boston Chinatown Heritage Trail – an urban trail that will encourage people to get outside and explore the vibrant historical neighborhood.

CHSNE is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. A summer-long history and digital storytelling youth program was put together through the Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inc. to produce videos that will be integrated into the trail’s interpretive resources.

Teens went on field trips to many of Boston’s National Park Service sites to learn about how heritage trails are designed and can preserve a community’s history. To give the trail exposure, the films produced were played at the annual Boston Asian American Film Festival.

The trail is still in the works, but you can check out the films here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkgaBpeHvxn8BzsSBva8VH6TUNjBatomL

Learn more about the project: https://www.nps.gov/articles/capturing-chinatown-boston-teens-bring-history-to-the-screen.htm

#AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #BeyondParkBoundaries #TheNextGeneration #AAPI

Image: Students at the Boston Asian American Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Madi Mühlberg.

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