The Rivers, Trail, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program keeps vibrant
by adapting and refocusing our efforts in response to the
needs of the communities we serve. Our staff apply proven
techniques, while at the same time searching for new ways
to add value to the projects they work with. Some examples:
Trail is a stretch of river, a shoreline, or an ocean
that has been mapped out with the intent to create an educational,
scenic, and challenging experience for recreational canoers
and kayakers. Learn more about the benefits of watertrails. Visit the American Canoe Association water trails database.
We formed a partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 2000 to help communities across the nation plan, design, and manage their natural, cultural, and recreation resources.
We're helping pioneer Groundwork
USA to assist urban communities in reclaiming vacant
lots, abandoned parks, and brownfield sites. These inspiring
stories of community rebirth bring together partners from
the community, industry, and Environmental Protection Agency.
Pathways to Healthy Living: Trails and greenways are a natural prescription
for what the Surgeon General calls America's #2 health problem:
physical inactivity. Being active in the outdoors has benefits
for mind and body, and can help individuals - and whole communities
-- become healthier.
Stream Crossings: Understanding the potential effects of stream crossings and developing ways to reduce or eliminate disturbance requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. The National Park Service is helping to meet the challenges of stream crossings by providing technical assistance to states, local governments, and communities.
Adding a local trail to the roster of National
Recreation Trails (NRT) provides benefits and incentives
to the communities that seek this designation.
Find a designated
NRT near you, or nominate one!