The Trail Partnership Research Project

American Trails

The Trail Partnership Research Project

Recorded Training

Webinar Program Administration and Leadership

This webinar reviews the findings from a study with the Forest Service and National Park Service discussing the factors that make partnerships more or less successful and provides recommendations to improve current and future partnerships.

Webinar Outline


The US Forest Service and National Park Service engage in partnerships with a variety of organizations to help support our national trail systems. These "trail partnerships" take many shapes with various goals, management structures, and levels of success. The USFS and NPS have partnered with Virginia Tech's Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation to research the factors that may make these partnerships more or less successful and develop recommendations to improve current and future partnerships. In this session, James Freeman, PhD Candidate at Virginia Tech, will discuss the final results of the two-year study, recommendations provided by the research team, and future work to help operationalize these recommendations.


Learning Objectives:


  • Attendees will learn about previous research on trail partnerships.
  • Attendees will better understand what factors lead to more- and less-successful trail partnerships.
  • Attendees will learn strategies to help improve the operation and outcomes of their partnerships.

Trail Core Competencies

Relevant Trail Types

    General. All trail types are relevant.

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