Trail Funding

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Program

A joint partnership effort between NWSA and the USDA Forest Service, and you!  These program funds are provided to trail and stewardship organizations to improve trail maintenance on the National Forest System Trail System.  


Summer 2018 Funding Program Details

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Program is intended to encourage and support volunteer and stewardship group trail maintenance accomplishments and trail deferred maintenance backlog on the National Forest trail system.

NWSA is proud to manage this funding program to support the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Partnership Funding Program.  Following the success of the 2017 pilot program the Forest Service has allocated $400,000 to this year's Partnership Funding for work on National Forest System Trails.  This program directly support the implementation of the National Trails Strategy, which has a goal of doubling volunteer trail work in the next decade. 

Read the News Release.

Here are a few basics of the Trail Funding Program:

  • Any non-profit group recognized by the IRS may apply for a Trail Stewardship Funding.
  • These grants are for work on any and all National Forest System terra trails.
  • Trail work will be performed during the 2018 Field Season (May - December).
  • Grants range from $2,000 - $20,000.

Complete information on the Trail Stewardship Grant program can be found in the Fact Sheet.

Read the Trail Stewardship Funding Fact Sheet.

Each Application requires an:

The application period closed April 15th, 2018.  

Questions about the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding may be addressed to Randy Welsh, Executive Director, NWSA at either 801-808-2167 or randy@wildernessalliance.org.

10 Strategies for a Successful Trail Application


Summer 2018 National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funded Projects

Read the News Release.

Read the Fact Sheet.

Organizations with funded projects during the Summer 2018 Trails Stewardship Program

Alaska Trails
American Endurance Ride Conference
Arizona Trail Association
Back Country Horsemen of America - Mother Lode Chapter
Back Country Horsemen of America - San Joaquin Chapter
Back Country Horsemen of America - Wild Horse Plains Chapter
Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance
Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Friends of Panthertown
Friends of Pathways
Friends of Scotchman Peak Wilderness
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
Friends of the Shawnee
Idaho Trails Association
LaVeta Trails
Mazamas
Montana Wilderness Association
Mountain Bike the Tetons
National Smokejumpers Association (2 projects)
Northwoods Volunteer Connection
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness
Pony Express Association
Redwoods Park Conservancy
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Selway Bitterroot-Frank Church Foundation
SORBA - NEGA Jake-Bull
South Dakota Trails Development
Upper Merced Watershed Council
Southwest Montana Mountain Biking Association
Stewards of the Sequoias
Tucson Off Road Cyclists
Volunteers For Outdoor Colorado
Wallowa Mountain-Hells Canyon Trails Association
Washington Trails Association
Watershed Research Center
Wild South
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Wyoming Wilderness Association
Yosemite South Gate Coalition


Summer 2017

Organizations with funded projects during the Summer 2017 Trails Stewardship Program

  • Alaska Trails
  • Arizona Trail Association
  • BCHA - Idaho Foundation
  • BCHA - Washington
  • Boulder MountainBike Alliance
  • Evergreen MBA
  • Friends of Scotchman Peaks
  • Friends of the Desert Mountains
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
  • Friends of the Shawnee
  • Idaho Trails Association
  • Mountain Bike Missoula
  • Mountain Bike the Tetons
  • Northwoods Volunteer Connection/Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness
  • Partners of JoyceKilmer-Slickrock
  • Prescott Trail Riders
  • Santa Barbara Trail Bike Volunteers
  • Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
  • Stewards of the Sequoias
  • Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado
  • Washington Trails Association
  • Wild South

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  • Elizabeth Pfeiler
    Thank you for offering a Trails Grant opportunity to non-profits like ours. We struggle to fund projects and increase volunteering opportunities in many wilderness areas across our region. This is a wonderful collaborative resource. We applaud your commitment and effort to help public lands.

    -Beth Pfeiler
    United Trail Maintainers of California
  • Randall Rasmussen
    This is great news. And another sign that our friends at the US Forest Service are doing their best to make trails a high priority. Kudos to them and NWSA for creating this opportunity. We hope to see this become an annual granting program that can be leveraged with outside dollars and resources and made to grow each year.
    Randy Rasmussen, Back Country Horsemen of America