Trails and the American Spirit: 2000 and Beyond
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Highlights of the 15th National Trails Symposium

Redding, California, September 21-24, 2000

Welcoming You To The Path
September 21, Opening Plenary Reception -- Sponsored by the House of Steno and Plainwell Paper

Expect a warm welcome from the City of Redding, the State of California, and American Trails at the kick off event for the 15th National Trails Symposium! Your three hosts have some surprises in store for you, so be sure not to miss this event. And, this is an ideal time to see old friends, meet new partners and check out the Exhibit Pavilion!

Pathways To Health -- How Do We Get There?

September 22, Opening Plenary Luncheon -- Sponsored by American Honda

The Honorable Dr. David Satcher, Surgeon General - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited)

Under the leadership of Secretary Donna Shalala and Dr. Satcher, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched "Healthy People 2010 - Understanding and Improving Health" plan by the Health Initiative. One important component is the "Physical Activity and Fitness" program, which strives to "improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity." As designers, builders, and promoters of trails, this is your opportunity to get to know this important new partner and how addressing health concerns can have a significant impact on trail development.

Dr. David Satcher has succinctly captured our current health challenge in the recent report, "Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General." He will explore how trails address today's critical issues: how to increase physical fitness and mental well-being, strengthen family ties, offer healthier lifestyle choices for children and seniors, and provide safe routes for transportation. Learn how to tap into new health-related funding opportunities for trails and develop a partnership with the health and wellness community.

On The Path Of Excellence

September 22-- Banquet and 15th National Trails Awards and National Recreation Trails Celebration

The 2000 National Trails Symposium will honor outstanding efforts made by agencies, trail professionals, volunteers, the private sector, corporations, media, and others in tonight's awards program. In addition to announcing award winners, American Trails will highlight important trail milestones by recognizing the organization anniversaries of the ever-growing trails community.

A final component of the evening will be the unveiling of the revitalized National Recreation Trails (NRT) program and its mission in the recognition of trails.

Join Paths With Our Federal Land Managing Agency Partners

September 23, Morning Plenary: In this session, the leaders of each of the three major, public land management agencies will join us to explore their perspective on our joint path: the establishment of a national system of trails. What direction are they giving to their managers for trails programs? What new initiative is available to help us with our work? What kinds of partnerships are the federal managers seeking to establish. Can we establish partnerships with these federal land managers? What role can the trails community play with these land managers to create excellence in trails? This should be a lively discussion among key players in the field of developing and managing trails.

September 23, Gold Rush Round-Up Party -- 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.


Further Down The Path: The Future Of Trails

September 24, Closing Plenary Luncheon -- Keynote Address: After three full days of sessions focusing on the latest trends, newest initiatives, emerging issues and the general nuts and bolts of trails, let's gather together to consider what's next. This final, closing session will be both interactive and will use the services of a futurist to guide our thoughts and future paths. After this luncheon, you return on your own pathway home and back to your community trails. This closing session hopes to return you feeling refreshed, renewed and re-energized.

Pre-Conference Activities

Plan to come early to Redding. We've made a special effort to develop a fabulous program before the Symposium officially begins. This is your chance to really get immersed, whether it's in the latest techniques in trails construction or just enjoying the natural wonders of the Redding region.

This year's Symposium includes two full days of training (plus mobile workshops and concurrent workshops during the Symposium) in the art and science of trail construction and maintenance, brought to you by some of the best trainers in the business. We put special emphasis on this area this year to advance participants' understanding of what goes into creating great trails. We hope you will plan to join us on at least one of these pre-conference workshops.

There will also be a variety of excursions that are guaranteed to be fun, educational and less physical. This is your chance to get out and see some of the surrounding "Gold" country. Take a special trip to see Headwaters Forest and plans for public access to the area that has consumed the country's attention for so many years. Lots of opportunities are awaiting you, so be sure to join in on the fun.

Finally, if you plan to be in town early, join us for the BLM and USFS Welcome Reception at Paul Bunyan Forest Camp, hosted by the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is one reception you don't want to miss!

Concurrent Sessions

The 2000 National Trails Symposium will provide more than 60 educational sessions during the three days of the conference. These sessions are designed to be highly informative, from covering the latest research findings, exploring emerging concepts and new opportunities, to building important skills you need to be successful back home. All concurrent sessions will be 75 minutes in length, most featuring a panel of speakers from around the country.

Poster Sessions

The Symposium will run 20 mini-sessions through the day on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, to offer attendees the opportunity to share stories about their trails.

Opportunities to Get Outside!

We've planned many opportunities for attendees to enjoy the outdoors, Redding and the surrounding region. Come early and join us for educational sessions and fun trips before the main conference begins. During the Symposium itself, two afternoons of mobile workshops are scheduled. Early morning activities are planned daily before the sessions begin. Join other participants for exercise and bird watching. Bring your family to participate in spouse tours, outdoor activities and tours scheduled while indoor seminars and meetings are in session. Full descriptions of these activities appear in the detail section of this brochure. Most have a separate fee.

Spouse Tours

These tours are planned to provide spouses and families some diversion while you are attending educational workshops. For you early morning risers, plan to join us on early-bird bird watching trips. Or, plan to join a group to explore the nearby Sacramento River Trail or Lema Ranch and get a little exercise each morning at the same time.


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