Support Continued AmeriCorps Funding for Trail Stewardship

In addition to the work of trail maintaining organizations such as AMC, the trail maintenance efforts of the Maine Conservation Corps, the Student Conservation Association, and other AmeriCorps trail-building programs help provide people the opportunity to connect with nature through outdoor recreation. These AmeriCorps programs are governed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (NCS). In spite of the widespread public need for well-maintained trails, the draft NCS 2011 - 2015 Strategic Plan does not include trail stewardship as expected and authorized by the Serve America Act.

All trail users, including hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers, must urge the NCS to include trail stewardship as a key objective in the 2011-2015 plan to ensure the financial support of trail-building and maintenance programs. Take action and comment on the draft strategic plan by editing and sending an email to the Corporation for National and Community Service at strategy@cns.gov, with a copy to your senators and representatives, urging them to include trail stewardship in the strategic plan.

Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we at AMC encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world, and trail-based recreation provides a simple opportunity to connect people with nature.

In the recent America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, President Obama has called for the need to reconnect all Americans with the outdoors. Trail stewardship and maintenance allows for this connection, and provides access to places for healthy, outdoor recreation.

NCS is currently taking public input for its 2011-2015 strategic plan. The deadline to submit comments is Wednesday, September 30, 2010. Write a letter of support for the inclusion of trail stewardship in the "Environmental Stewardship" key objective of the NCS Strategic Plan. NCS also has a community dialogue website to collect feedback as well.

Take Action: Write a letter of support for trail building and maintenance programs to the Corporation for National and Community Service, with a copy to your U.S. senators and representatives.

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