Twin Ports Freshwater Folk: Why Is There a Lone National Park Service Employee in Duluth?

A Community Trail Partnership Along the Estuary

Christopher Morgan, community planner for the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (NPS-RTCA) program will give a presentation on the work being done to support Waabizheshikana: The Marten Trail, a hiking and biking system that winds along the St. Louis River.

Part of the NPS's mission is to “extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world." Each NPS region has an NPS-RTCA program team that partners with local communities on grassroots efforts to improve conservation or recreation opportunities in their area.

NPS-RTCA has partnered with the City of Duluth on Waabizheshikana: The Marten Trail, to better connect the neighborhoods of West Duluth to one another, as well as to the St. Louis River Estuary.

With support from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, NPS is providing technical assistance on and funding for trail design/construction and youth programming like hiking and paddling. 

The goal is to activate these spaces once EPA cleanup efforts are complete and re-connect the next generation of West Duluthians to the river.

Christopher's presentation will be part of the October 2023 Twin Ports Freshwater Folk (TPFF) virtual event. TPFF webinars are for people in the Twin Ports communities of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, and anyone engaged in freshwater research, policy, or management.

TPFF meetings are the first Wednesday of every month and include networking and informal discussion followed by a presentation(s) on a freshwater topic.

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Registration is required to attend this virtual event.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m. Meet-and-greet breakout sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. Announcements by attendees
  • 12:05 p.m. Seminar(s)
  • 12:45 p.m. Moderated question and answer
  • 1:00 p.m. Adjourn


Christopher Morgan, community planner, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service.


Alex Frie, research and fellowship coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant.

Image credit: Christopher Morgan