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Brazos River Recreation Master Plan. Fort Bend Green provides a means to facilitate the planning and development of green space in Fort Bend County, utilizing the entire spectrum of Federal, State, and Local Government. In the summer of 2011, Fort Bend Green hosted a gathering of representatives from local governments and organizations interested in working collaboratively to develop a Recreation Plan for the Brazos River. On behalf of this group of entities, Fort Bend Green requested the assistance of the National Park Service through its Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). In the fall of 2011, RTCA formally accepted the request and began working with the new group of partners to develop a process that would culminate in this plan – the Brazos River Recreation Master Plan.

Brazos River Recreation Master Plan

Building Community Capacity for Water Trail Development. This brochure provides tools on how RTCA can help you develop a local waterway in your community. Including five examples of how RTCA and communities collaborated to create water trails.

Building Community Capacity for Water Trail Development

Case Studies of Water Trails Impacts on Rural Communities. A comparative analysis of rural communities with calm water trails. Case studies illustrate impacts of calm water trails and trends are drawn from community economic development associated with water trails.

Case Studies of Water Trails Impacts on Rural Communities

Creek Care Guide. Offers practical information on proper creek care and how to solve existing problems in degraded creeks.

Creek Care Guide

Dam Removal and Historic Preservation: Reconciling Dual Objectives. This report provides guidance to help dam removal and historic preservation advocates collaborate effectively

Dam Removal and Historic Preservation: Reconciling Dual Objectives

Daylighting and Restoring Streams in Rural Community City Centers: Case Studies. This report provides case studies of five river restoration/daylighting projects used to revitalize small communities across America. It is a companion to the 'Giving New Life to Streams' Brochure and provides a substantial reference and contact section.

Daylighting and Restoring Streams in Rural Community City Centers: Case Studies

Economic & Social Values of Recreational Floating
on the Niobrara National Scenic River. This report explores the economic impact of recreational floating on the NNSR.

Economic & Social Values of Recreational Floating on the Niobrara National Scenic River

Economic Benefits of Conserved Rivers: An Annotated Bibliography. An effort to document, enhance, and share knowledge of the economic benefits of conserved rivers. It offers an extensive list of studies, papers, and articles on this subject, with summaries of their content.

Economic Benefits of Conserved Rivers: An Annotated Bibliography

Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails, and Greenway Corridors. Examples depict how parks benefit the local economy by creating jobs, enhancing property values, attracting businesses and increasing local tax revenues.

Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails, and Greenway Corridors

Experience Your America Right Outside Your Door: 10 Ways to Keep Your Family Active Every Day. This kid-friendly booklet offers ten tips for families to incorporate fun outdoor physical activity into their everyday lives. It provides resources to help families find local outdoor recreation opportunities in their own communities.

Experience Your America Right Outside Your Door: 10 Ways to Keep Your Family Active Every Day

Floods, Floodplains and Folks. A casebook in managing rivers for multiple uses. Case studies of multiple-objective approaches to river planning and flood loss reduction.

Floods, Floodplains and Folks

Flows and Recreation. This guide is intended to facilitate decision-making to define flows for recreation on regulated rivers. It provides an updated framework and methodologies for assessing flows for recreational use.

Flows and Recreation

Funding River Conservation in the States. A collection of information on how states fund their river conservation programs.

Funding River Conservation in the States

Giving New Life to Streams in Rural City Centers. An educational brochure developed in partnership with the city of Caldwell, Idaho. The publication profiles several small communities that opened and restored streams that had been buried for decades under their downtown streets

Giving New Life to Streams in Rural City Centers

Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures. This summary presents eight common measures that can connect park and trail planning to public health goals. By using these measures, park and trail system planners, public health professionals, community leaders, and researchers can identify and quantify some of the public health impacts of parks and trails and compare those results across time and geographic levels. The measures address access to parks and trails; percentage of land protected as parks and trails and; facility types and usage supporting individual health.
The summary is based upon research conducted in 2014 and 2015 by North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures

Key Components of Creating A Volunteer Program. An informative manual that provides step-by-step instructions on how to plan and implement a successful volunteer program.

Key Components of Creating A Volunteer Program

Logical Lasting Launches. This guide provides design guidance for developing canoe and kayak launches; case examples, designs, and photos are included.

Logical Lasting Launches

Making Friends: An Introduction to Building National Park Service Friends Groups. A tool for NPS superintendents, park staff, and community members interested in creating and expanding Friends Groups that support the NPS. The publication addresses the fundamental aspects of creating a partnering relationship and includes organizational development tips, sample agreements, model case studies, checklists, and lists of contacts and resources to assist in building Friends Groups.

Making Friends: An Introduction to Building National Park Service Friends Groups

Open Space: Protecting the Open Space. Describes eleven techniques that are commonly employed for conserving open space in Texas and how and where they might be effectively applied, including case studies.

Open Space: Protecting the Open Space

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program developed this planning tool to stimulate discussion among project planners, the health and wellness professionals, and local citizens by making public health issues an explicit part of the planning and decision making process.

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook

Prepare to Launch and River Management Society. Prepare to Launch! utilizes decision-based links to guide users through the development process from conception to creation for construction of a launch.This document an update to Logical Lasting Launches.

Prepare to Launch and River Management Society

Rail-Trails and Liability. This report is on the liability issues and risk management techniques as they relate to trails. The report includes statistical and survey data collected by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Rail-Trails and Liability

Rail-Trails and Safe Communities. This report is a collection of crime reported by trail managers, as well as safety features, trail patrols, and other safety attributes. The report includes statistical data for 372 trails.

Rail-Trails and Safe Communities

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: Local Leaders are Bringing the Parks Home. This poster shows how RTCA is teaming up with local leaderd to improve access to parks, recreation areas, and conserved natural resources right in your backyard.

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: Local Leaders are Bringing the Parks Home

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: Local Leaders are Bringing the Parks Home. This poster shows how RTCA is teaming up with local leaderd to improve access to parks, recreation areas, and conserved natural resources right in your backyard.

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: Local Leaders are Bringing the Parks Home

Riverwork Book. Local river conservation planning efforts in a step-by-step format. It outlines a process for community based river conservation efforts and presents tools for building organizational and technical skills.

Riverwork Book

RTCA 2010 Alabama News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Alabama News

RTCA 2010 Alaska News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Alaska News

RTCA 2010 Arizona News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Arizona News

RTCA 2010 Arkansas News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Arkansas News

RTCA 2010 California News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 California News

RTCA 2010 Colorado News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Colorado News

RTCA 2010 Connecticut News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Connecticut News

RTCA 2010 Delaware News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Delaware News

RTCA 2010 Florida News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Florida News

RTCA 2010 Georgia News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Georgia News

RTCA 2010 Hawai'i News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Hawai'i News

RTCA 2010 Idaho News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Idaho News

RTCA 2010 Illinois News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Illinois News

RTCA 2010 Indiana News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Indiana News

RTCA 2010 Iowa News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Iowa News

RTCA 2010 Kansas News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Kansas News

RTCA 2010 Kentucky News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Kentucky News

RTCA 2010 Louisiana News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Louisiana News

RTCA 2010 Maine News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Maine News

RTCA 2010 Maryland News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Maryland News

RTCA 2010 Massachusetts News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Massachusetts News

RTCA 2010 Michigan News. This brochure provides information about the current projects and recent successes.

RTCA 2010 Michigan News