Community Projects

RTCA is helping turn ideas into action throughout Alaska! We look forward to working with the following communities on these exciting continuing and new projects.
Volunteers listening to a trail crew leader.
Volunteers preparing to work on trails in Chugach State Park.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Anchorage Chugach Park Fund

Project Partner: Chugach State Park Citizen’s Advisory Board

Project: Goal Increase capacity of the Chugach Park Fund to help improve the Chugach State Park trail system.
Hiker viewing fall colors near river.
Hiker viewing the Eagle River, near the Crow Pass Trail.

NPS Photo / Molly Tankersley

Crow Pass Trail Stewardship

Project Partner: Chugach State Park Citizen’s Advisory Board

Project Goal: Improve trail conditions and the trail user’s experience through collaboration between land managers and community organizations.
Landscape photo of lake and mountain.
Scenic view from the Iditarod National Historic Trail Southern Trek.

Photo / U.S. Forest Service

Iditarod National Historic Trail Southern Trek Stewardship Plan

Project Partner: Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance

Project Goal: Connect the communities of Girdwood, Seward, and Moose Pass to near-by segments of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, creating long-term local appreciation, use, and stewardship of the trail.
Trail counter near a culvert that has risen into the trail.
Example of trail assessment issue.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Alaska Trail Assessment Protocol

Project Partner: Alaska Trail Steward

Project Goal Develop and implement a trail assessment protocol and curriculum that will enable volunteers to supply land managers with on-theground data that will inform trail maintenance projects.
Trail along the river.
Whittier Creek Trail.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Whittier Parks and Recreation

Project Partner: City of Whittier

Project Goal Ceate a parks and recreation program and plan in Whittier, Alaska.
Person pointing to a park map.
Project manager describes the Government Hill Commons.

NPS Photo / Paul Clark

Anchorage Government Hill Commons

Project Partner: Government Hill Community Council

Project Goal: Develop a trails system that connects parks and communities in the Government Hill neighborhood, as well as a commons featuring a community garden, orchard, and children’s play area.
Mountains above the Delta River.
View from the future Riverwalk Park.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Delta Junction Riverwalk Park

Project Partner: Delta Junction Trails Association

Project Goal: Create a new park and trail system to give residents an in-town, easily accessible park setting to enjoy a non-motorized outdoor experience and access to the Delta River.

People walking on a paved trail.
Park Rx walk in Anchorage.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Anchorage Health on Trails

Project Partner: Anchorage Park Foundation

Project Goal: Encourage and promote simple, accessible trail opportunities for all people to improve mental and physical health.
Group posing with their hands up.
Schools on Trails success at Russian Jack Springs Park.
Anchorage Youth Connections Schools on Trails

Project Partner: Anchorage Park Foundation

Project Goal: Expand the Anchorage Schools on Trails Program’s ability to design and implement conservation projects, bringing nature to local students and project neighbors through outdoor place-based and service learning activities.
Skier posing.
Skier at the future Chinook Conservation Park.

Photo / Seth Adams

Chinook Conservation Park

Project Partner: Interior Alaska Land Trust

Project Goal: Create safe community and recreational access to a recently restored creek, while maintaining riparian zones, integrity of watersheds and habitat values.
A hill rising above the Kuskokwim River
The Kuskokwim River.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

McGrath Recreational Trails

Project Partner: City of McGrath

Project Goal: Develop a community trail system that connects all residents and visitors to diverse recreational opportunities, beautiful natural landscapes, and traditional activities.
Students and teacher drawing
Students working with teacher on design of park.
Anchorage Ruth Arcand Park Trails

Project Partner: Pacific Northern Academy

Project Goal: Improve access and a short trail system through collaboration with students and park professionals to provide outdoor learning opportunities for nearby schools and residents.
Sled-dogs on trail.
Dog mushing trail in Minto Alaska.

Photo / Scott Brucker

Minto Winter Trail

Project Partner: Minto Public School

Project Goal: Work with students at Minto Public School to create a winter use trail in the Native Village of Minto that can be used for Nordic skiing and teaching traditional dog mushing skills.
Man pointing at a trailhead sign.
Program manager Paul Clark points at the High Bluffs trailhead sign.
St. Paul Island Southwest Point Trail Improvements

Project Partners: Ecosystem Conservation Office, Aleut Community of St Paul Island Tribal Government

Project Goal: Improve trail conditions at Southwest Point on St. Paul Island, Alaska to promote continued outdoor recreational use of the site while conserving the landscape surrounding the trail.
Hiker heads down trail on switchback turn.
RTCA helped to assess existing trails in the Valdez area.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Valdez Community Trails

Project Partner: Valdez Adventure Alliance

Project Goal: Develop a community-wide trail system to encourage healthy lifestyles, tourism, and enhanced public safety while protecting public access to trails, land, and waterways.
Mountain bike riding on trail.
Homer Cycling Club tries out their new mountain bike trails.

NPS Photo / Michael Downs

Homer Mountain Bike Trails

Project Partner: Homer Cycling Club

Project Goal: Create mountain bike trail opportunities in and around the city of Homer.
Togiak Conservation and Trails

Project Partner: Traditional Council of Togiak

Project Goal: Prioritize and implement projects in the Tuyuryaq Tribal Conservation District to restore, protect and preserve the Yupik traditional subsistence lifestyle.

Last updated: April 12, 2018