Building America’s Infrastructure
& Trail & Transportation Professionals

Background
Videos
Webinars & Presentations
Documents & Articles
Model Contracts & Agreements
DOT & the Recreational Trails Program
Trail & Transportation Listservs
Contact Us

 

Background

Many Corps across the country engage Corpsmembers in building and maintaining trails and other transportation infrastructure for walking, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, off-road motorized vehicle driving, and other uses. Corps perform quality work, routinely winning awards from the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

Among other projects, Corps have done work to help build, maintain, and improve:

  • Accessible, ADA-compliant pathways
  • Bike trails
  • Equestrian trails
  • Bridges and boardwalks
  • Long distance trails, like the Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest
  • Multimodal trails
    OHV and ATV trails
  • Rails-to-Trails
  • Tribal trails and roads
  • Water trails/Blueways
  • Winter trails (cross-country ski and snowmobile)
  • Trailside and Trailhead facilities
  • (e.g. benches, interpretive signs, ladders, staircases, etc.)

Through service on trail/transportation projects, Corpsmembers may learn skills in:

  • GIS
  • Erosion control
  • Historic Preservations tools and methods
  • Log cribbing
  • Safe use of tools like jackhammers, Macleods, pick axes, pionjars, pulaskis, rock bars, and various kinds of saws
  • Safe use of heavy mechanical equipment (excavators, loaders, bulldozers, etc.)
  • Rock and masonry work
  • Surveying and data collection/analysis
  • Vegetation management (invasive species removal and planting natives)
  • Project management and leadership
  • Wilderness stewardship

 

 

View our “Corps and the Recreational Trails Program”
YouTube Playlist

 

 

Webinars & Presentations

August 2020

Webinar: 2020 State Trail Administrators Meeting
Workshop: Youth Service and Conservation Corps Workforce Development
Presenters: Lauren Edwards-Johnson – The Corps Network, Neal Hamilton – South Carolina RTP

 

March 2020

Conference: Public Lands Alliance Conference
Workshop: Partnering Holistically: Project Planning with Conservation Corps
Presenters: The Corps Network, American Conservation Experience, Montgomery County Conservation Corps

 

December 5, 2019
The Future of Transportation and Recreation Trail Projects: Utilizing Youth and Conservation Corps}
Presenters: The Corps Network, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps – Ancestral Lands, Palmetto Conservation Corps

 

November 19, 2019
Conference: 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference
Workshop: Building Capacity and Youth Leadership: Working with Young People to Implement Safe Routes to School Projects
Presenters: The Corps Network and  Greater Miami Service Corps

 

October 3, 2019
Building America’s Infrastructure and Trail and Transportation Professionals

 

 

 

Documents & Articles

Trail and Transportation Projects for Service and Conservation Corps:
Recreational Trails Program Toolkit

Made possible with support from the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
(August 2020)

 

   

Article: Why You Might Consider Conservation Corps on Your Next Trail Project

American Trails
(August 2019)

 

   

Building the Future: A Guide for Utilizing the Recreational Trails Program
to Partner with Service and Conservation Corps

Made possible with support from the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
(May 2019)
   

“Get Work Done”

One-page fact sheet about Corps’ capacity to do trail and transportation projects
(May 2019)

 

 

 

Model Contracts and Agreements

The following are model contracts and agreements between state trail programs and Corps. As we receive more examples from states, they will be compiled here and can be used to help guide how you negotiate and develop your business plans with partners. Many states have their own cooperative agreements that cannot be substituted, however, if you are pursuing a partnership with a project sponsor or grantee, these models can show you what a successful Corps partnership agreement can look like.

 

 

 

 

Partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT)

The Corps Network and the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are partnering to foster relationships and develop systems and resources that encourage state and regional transportation agencies to work with Service and Conservation Corps. These local and state-level partnerships with Corps help transportation agencies complete critical transportation and recreational trail projects, and also help enhance career pathways for Corpsmembers. Working together, The Corps Network and FHWA are producing toolkits, compiling best practices, and aim to provide trainings and workshops to support these partnerships.

About the Recreational Trail Program 
An important funding source for Corps’ trail and transportation projects is the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). This program provides funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the FHWA. Federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

 

 
 

Trail and Transportation Listservs

The Corps Network manages regional listervs to facilitate the transfer of information among Corps and state trail and transportation administrators. These listservs are moderated, collaborative spaces designed to strengthen relationships between RTP administrators and member organizations of The Corps Network. They provide a place to share ideas and troubleshoot challenges and barriers associated with accessing state RTP funding. Issues or questions related to the listservs can be directed to Lauren Edwards-Johnson (see contact information at the bottom of the page). 

Midwest
IL, ID, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI
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Northeast
CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
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South
AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
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West
AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY
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Contact:

Lauren Edwards-Johnson
Programs Coordinator
[email protected]

(Photo by Southeast Conservation Corps)