Trails for Tomorrow and Policy for Public Lands

Trail Break Radio

Nov 25 2023 • 1 hr 5 mins

What does it take to turn the dream of sustainable recreation into a reality? How can we shape policies that genuinely impact the landscapes we love?

Hilary Eisen and Jamie Ervin talk to Sam Rider about the keys to a future where outdoor enjoyment and environmental preservation coexist on public lands.

Speaker Bios:

  • Hilary Eisen is Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Policy Director. Based in Bozeman, she leads WWA’s engagement in National Forest winter travel management and other policy issues affecting backcountry skiers. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a B.A. degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.
  • Jamie Ervin is Outdoor Alliance’s Policy Associate and a forest ecologist who has worked extensively on wildfire resilience and forest health issues in California’s Sierra Nevada. He holds a Master’s of Environmental Law & Policy and a Master’s of Natural Resources.
  • Sam is currently the National Recreation Planner within the USFS’s Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources shop. Sam joined USFS in 2016 as a recreation planner for the Rocky Mountain Region and, in a past life, was a recreation planner for the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. She also serves as Vice Chair for the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council. Sam has a degree in Outdoor Recreation from George Mason University and definitely considers winter to be the superior season.

Resources:

Winter Wildlands Alliance⁠

NEPA

A Framework for Sustainable Recreation

2012 Planning Rule

Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS)

WWA Winter Travel Planning

Reimagine Recreation

Outdoor Alliance Forest Planning

Wildfire Crisis Strategy

10 Year Trail Challenge

Forest Service Equity Action Plan

Bridger Mountain sign project

Sponsors:

Outdoor Alliance, Mighty Arrow Foundation, and REI

Alpine Quest Sports

Transcripts:

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