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Fact Sheet: Transportation Alternatives, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy held a very informative webinar this morning titled Accessibility on Rail-Trails and Other Shared Use Paths.  One of the speakers was our old friend Christopher Douwes, U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration!  He discussed the importance of accessibility for all recreation and transportation trails and paths, and associated laws especially with projects funded with Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program dollars.  He included a Fact Sheet that provides information about future projected

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Career Pathways Webinar

Students, please join us on Tuesday February 22nd at 11 am MST for a panel webinar from park and recreation professionals with insights to their career pathway. This session aims to provide guidance to students on how to prepare for various career paths, how to make professional connections, how to “get a foot in the door”, resources, and overall advice on finding jobs and being successful when in them.  ZOOM INFO: mtrpa.info/webinar

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Call for Conference Presenters

Calling Park, Trail, Recreation, Forestry, and Aquatics Presenters! MTRPA 2022 Conference Committee has some session openings left for our spring conference April 3 – 6, 2022. We are seeking thought provoking speakers with professional, cutting edge, interactive education sessions, and presentations that can provide information and proven methods to successfully manage and maintain parks, trails, recreation programs, and any insight on the tracks listed below. Our theme this year is “Reconnection through Recreation – Purpose

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2022 AARPA/NRPA Mentorship Program

Have you ever wanted to strengthen your professional development in our parks and recreation profession, but weren’t sure how to proceed? Consider joining the Mentorship Program sponsored by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and National Recreation and Park Association’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). The Mentorship Program pairs young professionals, students, and new directors with Mentors who can provide a sounding board, advise, and feedback to help Mentees achieve their goals. The

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Western Montana BLM seeks nominations to its Resource Advisory Council

The Western Montana District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), seeks nominations to its Resource Advisory Council!  The new Director of the BLM stated that they will actively involve Advisory Councils to provide expert advice, ideas, and diverse opinions on issues including land use planning, fire management, outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues. This is your opportunity to affect programs on BLM

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Montana Stakeholders Meeting of the Great American Rail-Trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy invites you to attend the annual virtual Montana Stakeholders Meeting of the Great American Rail-Trail. We see great value in gathering folks together in one place to talk about your projects, share updates, and brainstorm ways to advance this exciting project in Montana. We hope to see many of you there. When: Mar 1, 2022 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) You must register in advance for this meeting: https://railstotrails-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctf-yqrz4uG9OryehOpckPpIN9DB0jQCQb After registering, you

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P&R Grant Programs Overview Slideshow

Our Legislative adviser, Bob Walker, shares with us a slideshow that Carissa Beckwith, Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana Trail Stewardship Program Manager,  shared at the Montana Trails Coalition Board meeting on Monday, January 10th.  It includes valuable information about the Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program, Recreational Trails (Grant) Program, OHV Grant Programs, Snowmobile Grant Program and Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Download below.

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2022 Membership Open!

It is that time of year again! MTRPA 2022 Membership is now open for registration! Our new website includes member only content that you won’t want to miss. New member website features: Member Only Login to reveal member content. Member Only Forum to stay connected all year. Free Job Postings on our improved Job Board. Instant access to member only Coupon Codes. Group Organization Dashboard allows organizations to delegate and manage access to multiple users

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Rails-To-Trails BIL Trail and Active Transportation Funding Opportunities

Find attached a document from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy with good information about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL), Trail and Active Transportation Funding Opportunities. Rails-To-Trails professionals will include this as a topic of discussion at their Monday Montana Trails Coalition meeting. Thank you to our Legislative Chair, Bob Walker for always sharing important resources.

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MTRPA 2022 Conference Registration

City of Great Falls Park and Recreation is excited to host the Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association annual conference April 3rd – 6th at Holiday Inn Great Falls Convention Center! The conference committee has been hard at work to provide members, students, retirees and associates a first-class conference that will provide valuable educational sessions and social events. Learn more and register today!

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