Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program is a community assistance arm of the National Park Service (NPS). Made up of a national network of NPS conservation and recreation-planning professionals, RTCA assists interested community groups, nonprofits, Native organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies working to protect natural areas and water resources and enhance close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities. RTCA staff work collaboratively with our partners to: define their vision, goals, and objectives; analyze issues and opportunities; develop strategic action plans and project timelines; and achieve on-the-ground success on projects they initiate.
The mission of RTCA is to assist community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives. RTCA staff provides guidance to communities so they can conserve waterways, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways.
RTCA's vision is a network of national, state and local parks, rivers, trails, greenways, and open spaces that links all Americans to the natural world and promotes quality of life.