TRAVERSE AREA RECREATION & TRANSPORTATION TRAILS INC

aka TART Trails   |   Traverse City, MI   |  www.traversetrails.org

Mission

ENRICHING THE TRAVERSE REGION BY PROVIDING A NETWORK OF TRAILS, BIKE WAYS AND PEDESTRIAN WAYS, AND ENCOURAGING THEIR USE.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Julie Clark

Main address

Po Box 252

Traverse City, MI 49685 USA

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EIN

38-2847396

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Smart Commute Program

Smart Commute TC is a program that promotes the use of alternative forms of transportation. We collaborate with local businesses, governments and non-profit organizations to develop multi-modal infrastructure for active and healthy lifestyles. Collectively we strive to educate the community through workshops and special events and encourage smart commuting year round.

Population(s) Served

TART Trails’ dedicated grooming teams provide great winter time conditions on the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail; providing you with the ultimate winter trail conditions on both sides of the bay.

Grooming is primarily supported by the Grooming Badge program to help provide world-class trail conditions. Supporters receive grooming reports via email and a high-vis zipper pull to show their support while out on the trails. Grooming badge donations are 100% tax deductible.

Population(s) Served

Donated bicycles are made useful again providing clients independence through a healthy and affordable mode of transportation. Recycle-A-Bicycle provides multiple economic, health and social benefits to the community.TART Trails Inc. Recycle-A-Bicycle Program is a non-profit initiative providing economically disadvantaged individuals in the Grand Traverse region refurbished bicycles for transportation purposes.

Population(s) Served

The Trail Ambassador Program is a group of core volunteers who promote the safe, responsible and enjoyable use of the TART Trail system with an emphasis on:

Representing TART Trails, Inc.
Informing, assisting, and educating
Practicing and exemplifying trail etiquette
Minor trail maintenance and hazard reporting
Minor mechanical assistance
Surveying trail users
Having fun on the trails
All Trail Ambassadors volunteer to help monitor the trails, pedestrian ways and bikeways and/or provide TART Trails outreach to the community. Ambassadors generally choose to server as one or more of the following:

Maintenance Ambassadors

Regular trail users who report issues that they observe along the trail
Volunteers who lead potentially large-scale and long-term trail maintenance and operations
Adopt-a-section volunteers who oversee a specific section of trail
Those with specific skills that may be used network-wide, including such as c network with a specific skill set to benefit the trail
Members of the TART Trails Safety, Operations and Maintenance (SOM) committee, who coordinate trail projects related to issues such as site distance, trail surface, signage, and drainage. SOM also operates the grooming and snow removal programs.
Program Ambassadors

Volunteers who have a specific passion or skill set for enhancing user experience along the trail network
Volunteers who help implement programs are for TART related to the environment, outdoor recreation, transportation needs and safety
Program Ambassadors can get involved with existing TART Trail programs or partner with TART to create a new program
Outreach Ambassadors are volunteers who enjoy ‘talking TART’ in the community and/or representing TART Trails at meetings and events. Depending on the event, outreach ambassadors educate the public about TART Trails in general or a specific project or issue. Outreach opportunities include but are not limited to, trail-side open houses, community events and TART Trail hosted events.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Long-Term Vision:

Happy, active people enjoying a world-class trail system.

The whole region will be connected by world-class trails, bikeways, and pedestrian-friendly streets linking people to the beauty of the Traverse area year round. Platinum Bicycle-Friendly, the Traverse area will be known for its natural surroundings, active, healthy outdoor lifestyles, and vibrant town centers where everyone has sustainable transportation options. We will be a world-renowned outdoor recreation and four-season destination.

Increase miles of trails.

Ensure sustainable, comprehensive maintenance of the entire trail system.

Ensure sustained support of mission and vision.

Improve infrastructure and safe access for non-motorized users.

Contribute to the social, economic, environmental, and community health of the region.

Core Values:
Outdoor recreation – Get outside and exercise. Experience wildlife, enjoy the natural environment, breathe fresh air and have fun.
Making connections – To nature, to work, to school, to people, to places, to ourselves- now and forever.
Sustainable transportation – Empower individuals and decision makers to make choices that benefit personal and community economics and the environment.
Equitable access – Always open and safe for everyone.
Improving health – Active transportation and outdoor recreation improves community health and personal well-being.

Financials

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Operations

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TRAVERSE AREA RECREATION & TRANSPORTATION TRAILS INC

Board of directors
as of 12/5/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Vigland

Chris DeGood

John Paul, Jr.

Susan Vigland

Scott Howard

Chris Gallagher

Laura Galbraith

Jim Dombrowski

Kelley Peterson

Wayne Olsen

Mike Tarnow

Rick Simonton

Sara Harding

Matt McDonough

Linda Cline

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No