RTCA helps partners give their communities something to "Last a Lifetime"

October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014

The National Park Service - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, also known as RTCA, announces its outdoor recreation and conservation projects in the Alaska Region for the upcoming fiscal year. Communities can grow from a seed of an idea. RTCA will help communities take their Ideas and turn them into Action! RTCA looks forward to working with the following communities on these exciting continuing and new projects.

Delta Junction Community Trail

Develop a community wide trail system and trail organization to encourage healthy lifestyles, tourism, and enhanced public safety while protecting public access to trails, land and water.

Initial Partners: City of Delta Junction, Delta Greely School District, Alaska State Parks, Deltana Fair Board, the Salcha/Big Delta Soil and Water Conservation District.

Fairbanks Peirce Park

To engage Effie Kokrine Charter School students in park planning, trail development, watershed education and conservation, botany and related landscape subjects.

Initial Partners: Effie Kokrine Early College Charter School, Tanana Valley Watershed Association, Wildlife Conservation Society, USFWS, NPS, Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation Department.

Homer Kachemak Bay Water Trail

Develop a water trail from Homer, to the head of Kachemak Bay, south to Seldovia that reflects the vision- Adventure Beyond the End of The Road - a 125-mile water trail that inspires exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the natural treasure that is Kachemak Bay.

Initial Partners: Homer and Seldovia Cities and Chambers of Commerce, Alaska State Parks, NOAA Kasitsna Bay Lab, Homer Wilderness Leadership, Cook Inlet Keeper, Alaska Trails, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.

Homer Poopdeck Platt Park

Develop a community planned site to enhance The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust property to benefit the public through trails, outdoor gardens and open space.

Initial Partners: Kachemak Bay Heritage Land Trust, Homer Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Homer, South Peninsula Behavioral Services, Cook Inlet Regional Corporation, West Homer Elementary School.

Wrangell Trails Link and Extension

Create a trail link between two popular trails to provide access to residential, educational and historical areas of town. Use community engagement processes to obtain input.

Initial Partners: the City and Borough of Wrangell, Wrangell Public Schools.

Youth and Community Engagement with Alaska National Parks

Engage in the exploration of a strategy to create a model of successful youth and community engagement programs.

Initial Partners: Alaska Geographic,Denali National Park and Preserve.

Last Updated: November 18, 2013