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In this issue:

Program Update - December 18, 2008

Program Information Resources

State Trail Administrators Meeting Notes

The State Trail Administrators met on November 13-15, 2008 in Little Rock AR. We posted meeting notes.

Conservation Corps and Transportation: Making the Connection

The Corps Network published Conservation Corps and Transportation: Making the Connection. This is a guide to transportation funding programs for service and conservation corps to provide examples of how to work with the States under the Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Enhancement Activities. See This webpage links to case studies from the publication and has an interactive map to help you find qualified Corps. The PDF is at

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) encourages the States to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with qualified youth service and conservation corps to perform appropriate transportation enhancement activities and recreational trail projects, in accordance with TEA-21 §1108(g) and §1112(e) and SAFETEA-LU §1109(f)). FHWA added links to the Corps Network transportation webpage from the RTP Guidance and TE Guidance webpages under State Practices.

Thank you to The Corps Network, Stuart Macdonald (American Trails), and the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse for helping to develop this publication.

National Scenic Byways Program Grants:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking grant proposals for National Scenic Byways Program funding consideration for FY 2009. SAFETEA-LU authorized up to $43.5 million for this fiscal year. FHWA has decided to continue to be more strategic in its grant awards process by targeting its resources toward projects that provide the greatest benefits. FHWA invites the application of large-scale, high-cost projects that provide strategic benefits to the byway and the byway traveler. Applications are due to FHWA division offices by March 13, 2009.

Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Public Health and Recreation

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Interior, Army, and Transportation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Public Health and Recreation (HTML / PDF 54 KB). This MOU establishes a general framework to promote uses and benefits of the Nation's public lands and water resources to enhance the physical and mental health and well being of all Americans, through sound nutrition, physical activity, and recreation in America's great outdoors. See Related Links to recreation resources and TAP Resources for transportation links.


National Park Service Conservation and Recreation Newsletter

The National Park Service has a monthly Conservation and Recreation Newsletter.

Training Resources

  • National Trails Training Partnership: See the Calendar and links to many trail-related training resources.
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals: Learn about Webinars available from APBP and the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

Conferences and Calendars

2009 Trailbuilders Conference

The Professional Trailbuilders Association released a newsletter to inform the public about the 2009 Trailbuilders Conference, to be held March 15-20, 2009, in Asheville NC. See See more information at

See more events at:

  • Trail-related events: American Trails Calendar.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian events: National Center for Bicycling and Walking Calendar with each CenterLines newsletter
  • Events posted on FHWA's Recreational Trails Program Events
  • Events posted on FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty Calendar
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