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RTCA: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
As part of the Real Time Chicago speaker series, National Park Service Community Planner Michael Mencarini will discuss the mission and work of the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. His presentation will detail how the National Park Service plays an important role in rural and urban communities across the country, and how current projects have utilized urban planning processes and techniques to promote outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation.
Michael Mencarini joined the National Park Service in April, 2016 as a Community Planner in the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. RTCA is a community partnership focused program that provides technical assistance to local governments or community organizations that are planning outdoor recreation or natural resource conservation projects. Through a partnership agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago, his position is hosted by the Great Cities Institute.
Before joining the National Park Service he was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was assigned as a regional office liaison to state agencies and tribal governments across the Midwest. Prior federal experience also includes positions working with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Chicago Federal Executive Board.
As a Community Planner with the Midwest Regional Office RTCA Program, he works on strategic planning and community outreach initiatives across three states