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Who We Are: Community Assistance Arm of the National Park Service

"When citizens and community leaders decide to conserve close-to-home landscapes, Rivers & Trails staff can help them get started. "

- American Hiking Society

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The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

Our Mission:

The RTCA program implements the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America.

Where we work:

RTCA works in urban, rural, and suburban communities with the goal of helping communities achieve on-the-ground conservation successes for their projects.

How we work:

Our focus is on helping communities help themselves by providing expertise and experience from around the nation. From urban promenades to trails along abandoned railroad rights-of-way to wildlife corridors, our assistance in greenway efforts is wide ranging. Similarly, our assistance in river conservation spans downtown riverfronts to regional water trails to stream restoration.

Who we work with:

RTCA works with nonprofit organizations, community groups, tribes or tribal governments, and local, state, or federal government agencies. Everywhere we work, we stand alongside exceptional partners.

Please, get in touch:

RTCA has conservation professionals in communities nationwide.

Learn more:

Challenge Cost Share Program | Federal Lands to Parks | Hydropower Relicensing Program
Land and Water Conservation Fund | Conservation and Outdoor Recreation | National Trails System
Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers | Rivers and Trails Program | Urban Park and Recreation Recovery
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