E News October 15, 2020


Partnership for the National Trails System
Virtual Workshop October 21-29, 2020

The Partnership for the National Trails System originally planned to hold its Historic Trails Workshop in South Carolina this month, but with COVID shut-downs, they have moved it to a virtual environment. This year’s workshop will focus on three main themes:

  • Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Expanding Partnerships Within and Beyond Trail Corridors
  • Increasing Capacity Through Organizational Development

All sessions will be held on Zoom and will be held between the hours of Noon and 6 PM ET. The registration fee is $75 or $25 for students or those on limited incomes. Upon registering, attendees will receive a link to register for individual sessions; you must register for a session in order to receive access to the Zoom links for each session.

For the complete workshop schedule and registration information, please visit the Partnership for the National Trails System’s website.

Hike the Hill, the Partnership’s annual advocacy outreach week in Washington, DC held every February, will also be held virtually in 2021. Details will be forthcoming.

Deputy Superintendent John Cannella Selected as National Trails and Rivers Systems Program Manager

John Cannella has been selected as the National Park Service’s new National Trails and Rivers Systems program manager! Many of you know and have worked with John for years. Most recently, he served a six month detail helping NPS by filling in behind Rita Hennessy. John can be contacted at John_Cannella@nps.gov.

John brings a great depth of knowledge, experience, and passion about the NPS, our national special area systems, our partners, and the challenges and opportunities facing our Rivers and Trails systems. He will be officially starting on November 8, 2020 and will continue to live in and work out of the NPS office in Santa Fe, NM.

John grew up in northern New York state spending time in nearby woods, experiencing the streams and lakes of the area, and listening to his grandfather’s stories, especially the ones relaying time in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Over the last two decades John has been in the Southwest, where he joined the NPS in 2004.

He’s been an integral partner and friend for OCTA over many, many years, and though we will sincerely miss him in his capacity in the National Trails Office, we look forward to our new relationship with him as he takes over this important new position.

Read the full story here.

Chapter Newsletters

We here at OCTA HQ appreciate the partners and chapters that send us their chapter newsletters and allow us to share them with our other members. We encourage everyone to join the other chapters as well as your home chapter to help support OCTA’s mission up and down the trail. Here are links for recent newsletters:

Alcove Spring Newsletter

Trails Head Chapter Newsletter

Utah Crossroads Chapter Newsletter