Water Trails Alliance charrette set
The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) selected 11 new communities and partnerships to receive technical and planning assistance at the end of last year. One of those is Phase II of the Bluegrass Bike Hike Horseback Water Trails Alliance, which includes Woodford, Franklin and Owen counties. The assistance provided will promote the development of new outdoor recreation and economic opportunities and natural resource conservation. A community charrette to discuss the connectivity of trails in the Phase II region, has been scheduled for March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the KCTCS Conference Center at 300 North Main Street in Versailles. The public is invited free of charge. RSVP to email@example.com. Russell Clark of the NPS Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance Program and Rob Rumpke of Bluegrass Tomorrow will be the facilitators. Bluegrass Regional Trails Phase II: RTCA will provide planning and technical assistance to Bluegrass Tomorrow, Inc., to help continue work on the Bluegrass Regional Trails. Phase II builds on earlier work of the project by expanding the alliance of project partners to include Woodford, Franklin and Owen counties in the Bluegrass Region. The project will improve the health and wellness of the community as well as expand environmental, cultural and natural resource education, and enhance economic growth and sustainability for the citizens in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. "RTCA helps to engage stakeholders, plan the trail routes, create funding plans, and identify groups, individuals, businesses, local government officials, and nonprofits that will spearhead the project," said Mobile United Executive Director Katherine Pitman. RTCA works with community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and local, state, and federal government agencies to achieve locally-defined goals for natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation. RTCA also connects citizens with local agencies and organizations to create new parks, greenspace, and trails and protect important water resources.