Advocacy for the NCNST
Establishing the North Country National Scenic Trail had to be done in the U.S. Congress. Someone—actually LOTS of people—had to advocate that the NCNST was important enough that Congress act to authorize it under the National Trails System Act of 1968, which it did in 1980.
But we’re not done yet! Each year there’s funding and appropriations bills in Congress that benefit the trail. There’s other legislation, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, that’s important to us, our other trails partners and sometimes the entire conservation community. It is vital that NCTA have a presence in Washington DC, to advocate on these and other issues of concern.
Advocacy is the art of informing policy makers (legislators, agency administrators) about issues and persuading them to act in your interests. NCTA’s advocacy works to educate policy-makers about the importance of what we do and its value to America and its citizens. We work to build relationships with legislators and agency administrators in order to positively influence legislation and management to benefit the NCNST and our trail users.
NCTA maintains an Advocacy Committee composed of volunteers who communicate with legislators and build relationships with them and their staffs. Each of NCTA’s 7 states has a volunteer state advocacy chair, and the Advocacy Committee coordinates efforts to reach out to Congress as well as state governments as needed. We’ve learned over the years that even a few members of our community contacting their elected official can make a huge difference. Contact HQ to learn how you can help!