Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
Why We Do It
Connect Communities with Nature
Since 1916, the National Park Service has helped show the world the value of parks and preservation ethics by identifying and maintaining national treasures. Through the years, countless families have vacationed at Denali, marveled at Kenai Fjords and visited national parks and preserves throughout the state. Encounters with the beautiful, American landscape need not be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence in some far-off place. Today, outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation begin at your own back door and in your local community. Neighbors are joining together with grassroots groups, business leaders, elected officials, and local, state, federal, and tribal governments to preserve and enjoy the special places in their midst. This work will advance greater connection between national and local parks and the American public. The National Park Service - through the RTCA program - can help connect the natural world and your community.
Promote Community Health and Active Living
There is a growing awareness that green space is an integral part of healthy, more livable communities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 60 percent of our population is not getting enough physical activity. RTCA helps local communities provide inviting environments close to home to encourage regular exercise and neighborly interaction. Walking trails, bicycle paths, protected greenways and waterways provide an abundance of opportunities for healthy and fun activities that can improve health and save lives.
Conserve and Revitalize Communities
Locally led conservation is an investment that produces important economic benefits as well. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, accessible greenways, nearby trails and clean rivers contribute to a high quality of life that attracts tax-paying businesses and residents. An improved environment abounding with natural recreational opportunities adds value to the community, enriches family life and strengthens local economies. RTCA is uniquely suited to help communities conserve natural resources and develop outdoor recreation opportunities that boost local economy, promote natural beauty, and improve local quality of life.