Trail Project Assistance Available Through National Park Service

Posted 06/15/12 by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Building Trails

Do you have an idea for a local conservation and outdoor recreation project, but need help to move that vision to reality? Is your budding rail-trail project in need of some expert planning assistance?

Every year, the National Park Service helps hundreds of locally driven projects that create opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, connect youth with the outdoors, and connect communities to parks. 

The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RCTA) program, through the National Park Service, doesn't provide monetary funding for projects, but instead offers what can be priceless expert staff time to help communities plan for success.

That technical assistance could be in the form of helping with:

  • building partner relationships;
  • developing conceptual, strategic and workable project plans;
  • facilitating public participation;
  • identifying potential sources of funding;
  • "hands-on" conservation and other technical skills.

Assistance is provided for one year and may be renewed for a second year, if warranted.

Applications are now being accepted for the RCTA program. Deadline is August 1.

Visit for complete information and application.

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