Facing Federal Budget Cuts, Partnering with Public Lands to Maximize Recreation Programming

APA Colorado Chapter


Friday, October 6, 2017
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. MDT

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Federal land agency budgets for trail maintenance, trail building, and even enforcement for appropriate use on public lands, have remained stagnant or even cut over the last decade. Mountain towns and counties adjacent to these lands have come up with innovative partnering solutions with the federal land agencies to implement important recreation and restoration projects. We have a panel that will speak to these partnerships from all sides: land agency, municipality, and project consultant. 

Learning Objectives:

1. The current climate of budgets and constraints facing the USFS.

2. Ways that towns and counties are partnering with the USFS to implement projects they want to proceed with

3. Funding mechanisms, building support for these partnerships and educating the community about them.


1.       First Topic : USFS Perspective, Cindy Ebbert, USFS

a.       current issues facing the USFS in Colorado

b.      examples of ways that towns/counties can partner – SUPs, funding for maintenance, trail crews – building trust to work on USFS lands

2.       Second Topic: Summit County restoration projects, Jason Lederer

a.       Description of project

b.      How partnering happened, how it is working, how it was funded

c.       Community support and education

3.       Third Topic: Frisco Trails Master Plan, Gabby Voeller

a.       Description of project

b.      Community Engagement – how do you plan for lands that aren’t IN the Town? How did we partner with the land agencies? What influence did they have?

Implementation strategies for moving forward with funding and partnerships

CM Criteria: 

Learning about innovative partnerships on federal lands, important natural resources in Colorado, can be very informative for planners working in rural or federal-land adjacent communities in this state. Recreation and tourism are important industries for the economy in Colorado and communities across the state are looking for ways to provide recreational amenities in their backyards to “put them on the map” for tourists. Learning about these projects from all sides (private, public, federal) and from subject matter experts from allied professions will enrich the experience for attendees.

This one-hour panel with be comprised of three short talks followed by Q&A from the audience. It will be 1 credit-hour. We will have a sign-in sheet to record CM credits and Gabby Voeller will be the point of contact for administering them.



Gabrielle Voeller, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Gabby is a multi-faceted planner with a passion for helping clients solve the most complex problems facing their communities. She applies her broad technical and analytical skills to all aspects of community planning. Gabby approaches projects with a mind geared toward seeking out innovative and engaging solutions that move communities ... Read More

Cindy Ebbert

Confirmed Speaker

I currently work for the U.S. Forest Service as the Wilderness & Trails Manager for the Dillon Ranger District in Silverthorne, CO. I received a degree in Recreation Management from San Diego State University and have worked professionally in the field for the past twenty years. Prior to working for the Forest Service my work history included environmental education, backcountry wilderness education, and ski area operations. My career with the Forest Service started in 1999 as a backcountry wilderness ranger which eventually led me to my current position as Wilderness & Trails Manager. I work extensively with non-profit organizations and local governments including Town of Breckenridge, Town of Frisco, Town of Silverthorne, and Summit County Government. The local community is also very engaged in their public lands since 75% of the land in Summit County is National Forest. My current position includes the following duties: • Oversee the district wilderness, trails, and dispersed recreation program: The program includes approximately 95,000 acres of the Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness areas; 433 miles of trail, including segments of the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and 459 miles of roads; Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) program management including dispersed campsite management; coordination with numerous partner organizations and local ... Read More

Jason Lederer

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Lederer is a Senior Resource Specialist with the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department. Open Space and Trails manages open spaces, trails and trailheads to preserve and maintain Summit County's rural mountain character, unique natural areas and high quality of life for residents and visitors. Mr. Lederer ... Read More

Contact Info

Shelia Booth, sbooth@apacolorado.org