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Community Assistance: An Innovative Model for Community Conservation

The Rivers & Trails Program is a national network of 70 conservation and recreation-planning professionals based around the country. Learn more about two of our staff, Liz Smith-Incer in MS and Diane Banta in IL.

Working Locally:

Rivers & Trails leverages expertise and experience to help communities set their conservation priorities and achieve their goals. Local decision-making means that neighbors help neighbors save places they care about and build nature-based recreation opportunities for the future.


The program is cost-effective. With well under one percent of the National Park Service budget, Rivers & Trails' helps develop over 1400 miles of trail, protect over 700 miles of waterways, and preserve over 63,700 acres of open space every year.

A Network of Professionals:

Rivers & Trails is a great example of how the National Park Service offers its collective perspective and experience to assist numerous communities -- even those far from the nearest national park. National Park Service involvement lends recognition and significance to local projects, which helps attract financial support. Rivers & Trails measures its success by its ability to assist communities in making rivers, trails, greenways and open space a vital, life-enhancing part of the local landscape.

Contact Us:

Rivers & Trails staff are always available to discuss your project ideas. Contact them anytime!

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"Rivers & Trails acts as a catalyst and facilitator to help community groups achieve their goals."

-Keith Laughlin, Rails to Trails Conservancy

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