2000 National Tails Symposium

Trails and the American Spirit: 2000 and Beyond

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 Mobile Workshops at the 15th National Trails Symposium

The following mobile workshops have been selected to provide educational and fun opportunities for Symposium participants. Each workshop is planned to strengthen your understanding of the material presented during the concurrent sessions. The workshops also expose you to some of the best of Redding's open space, greenways, and trails. Plan to join us on one or more afternoons during the Symposium!

Friday - September 22

Blue Gravel Trail -- MW-Fr-21 -- FEE: $15.00

Join subdivision developer, Paul Edgrin, on his early morning walk on one of Redding's finest urban trails. Learn about Redding's 19th Century gold mine, now capped by the trail construction, and how this developer saw modern "gold" in a trail partnership with the city. Mr. Edgrin's passion for trails, as an amenity for marketing his subdivision, led to a very creative partnership with the City for completing this 2.5- mile of paved trail. Departure: 6:00 a.m. sharp. Return: 8:00 a.m.

Four Wheel Drivers Education and Safety Training -- MW-Fr-22 -- FEE: $ 65.00

Packstrings and Trail Crews -- MW-Fr-23 -- FEE: $15.00

This seminar presents the benefits, techniques and traditions of working trails in the backcountry with packstrings and backcountry trail crews. There will be discussion as to the advantages and disadvantages of using packstrings and backcountry crew to open, maintain, and build backcountry trails, including topics such as: stock support of crews; various loads and hitches, gear used in packing and stock care in the backcountry; "Leave No Trace" stock use; camp set up, camp life and benefits to crew members (CCC and other crews); "Leave No Trace" camps; trail maintenance specs and discussion on logging out, brushing, limbing, slough and berm removal; waterbars and tools used in trail work. This seminar (held at an urban park) will include a backcountry camp set up, complete with crew and stock and a virtual reality trail. Seminar area is flat terrain, dirt and paved surfaces with some gravel. Repeated on Saturday. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

River Trails, 6-Mile Urban Float Trip -- MW-Fr-24 -- FEE: $25.00

Learn about the Sacramento River Boating Trail and efforts to preserve and repair habitat along this great river, which provides habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead trout and a great variety of wildlife. This trip includes a 1-hour, 6-mile raft trip on the Sacramento River. This portion of the river flows in a natural state through the heart of the City of Redding. Participants will also learn about the California Boating Trail program. The river is Class 1 with a few waves. Participants should be prepared for getting splashed and need to bring footwear that they don't mind getting wet and clothing for a variety of weather conditions. Personal floatation devices, boats and paddles will be provided. Persons requiring assistance into and out of rafts please note that assistance is needed at time of registration. Repeated on Saturday. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

Whiskeytown NRA Trail Maintenance Workshop -- MW-Fr-25 -- FEE: $30.00

Participants will be in an outdoor setting, surrounded by beautiful oaks and mixed conifer forest. Led by NPS personnel, participants will develop trail maintenance skills in front and backcountry locations. Hands-on workshop will include: assessing condition of trail and footbridges; removal of loose rock; cutting trees, brush and branches for vista clearing; cleaning and repair of waterbars and rolling dips. Participants must be in fair condition. Terrain consists of uneven dirt and rock surfaces from flat to 15% grade. Distance to be traveled is up to 1.5 miles. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Rock Excavation Techniques -- MW-Fr-26 -- FEE: $25.00

The award winning California State Parks Trail Training Team will demonstrate a variety of tools, equipment, techniques and agents to excavate, split and quarry rock. The fieldwork will take place in the Horsetown Clear Creek preserve, adjacent to the scenic Clear Creek canyon. Workshop participants will be exposed to rock excavation techniques that are alternatives to explosives including the use of hand tools, gas-powered equipment, expansion agents and compression to fracture, brake, split and quarry rock. Demonstration will be arranged to provide access to all participants. Participants with non-powered wheelchairs may require some assistance. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Sacramento River Parkway-Bike Tour -- MW-Fr-27 -- FEE: $ 20.00

The City of Redding will host this Friday afternoon bike ride on the evolving Sacramento River Parkway. The ride will feature the Sacramento River Trail that links Redding's railroad and mining history with its river front parks and the developing Turtle Bay Exploration Park, via a ten-mile paved trail along the beautiful Sacramento River. The ride will feature a multitude of private and public partnerships, as well as spectacular historical and modern pedestrian bridges. Paved bike trail is flat to rolling, 15 percent of trail has grade changes of 7-18 percent. For those who do not bring mountain bikes with them, a limited number will be available for rent. Please reserve by August 30, 2000 by calling Terry Hanson at (530) 225-4009. Helmets required, but not provided. Please bring your own. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Kids Making Tracks for Trails -- MW-Fr-28 -- FEE: $25.00

Students at Bidwell Elementary School have played an instrumental role, from the inception of the trails plan, in designing, funding, publicizing and facilitating "Red Bluff Trails United". Join them as they share their story of meetings with local government representatives and businesses to become partners in developing community trails. Participants will receive handouts detailing tasks appropriate to different age groups, as well as fundraising activities sponsored by Red Bluff youth which participants can use in their communities. This field trip will visit the school and future trail sites, one of which is presently accessible. The second is an undeveloped, stream corridor. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Sacramento River Rail Trail &endash; A New Developing Trail -- MW-Fr-29 -- FEE: $ 25.00

Enjoy a 20-mile, fat tire ride from Shasta Dam back to the Symposium hotel. This moderate ride will provide the history, agency coordination, and design issues involved in the on-going development of this fabulous multiple agency trail. This ride also offers some side loops for more aggressive riders. Must be able to average 10 mph to meet schedule with stops. Surface will range from rough dirt, to railroad grades, to paved trails. For those who do not bring mountain bikes with them, a limited number will be available for rent. Please reserve by August 30, 2000 by calling John Stein at (530) 241-3115. Helmets required, but not provided. Please bring your own. Departure: 1:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - September 23, 2000

Packstrings and Trail Crews -- MW-Sat-34 -- FEE: $15.00

(Repeated, see description on Friday's list) Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

River Trails, 6-Mile Urban Float Trip -- MW-Sat-35 -- FEE: $25.00

(Repeated, see description on Friday's list) Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 3:30 p.m.

Trail Structures Using Dry Stone Masonry Technique -- MW-Sat-36 -- FEE: $ 25.00

An abandoned rock quarry will provide an excellent location to be exposed to the basics of dry masonry construction of various trail structures. Before we build anything, we will instruct you as to what a good, versatile, working stone looks like. We will have a separate station solely devoted to the art of carving rocks with various hammers into the shape needed to tie your projects together. Finally, we will build waterbars, checksteps, causeway and retaining walls. Good stone work is truly an art form and we want to give you the basics to enhance your creativity. All tools and safety equipment will be provided. Generally flat terrain, with scattered rock. Heavy lifting is optional. Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

Trail Rigging and Winching -- MW-Sat-37 -- FEE: $35.00

The award winning California State Parks Trail Training Team will demonstrate a variety of rigging and winching sets and techniques that are used to move, transport and place heavy loads and objects in remote work sites. The fieldwork will take place in the Horsetown Clear Creek preserve, adjacent to the scenic Clear Creek canyon. Participants will learn how to use mechanical hand powered winches (grip hoists) to move, transport, lift and place heavy objects such as boulders, logs and bridge stringers. This instruction includes basic tool identification, rigging mechanics and physics; establishing anchors, skyline sets, high lead sets, direct pulls, choker rolls, and mechanical advantage applications. Demonstration will be arranged to provide access to all participants. Participants with non-powered wheelchairs may require some assistance. Departure: 10:30 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

Walk on Water -- MW-Sat-38 -- FEE: $15.00

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is the future site of an extraordinary, glass-decked, pedestrian bridge, designed by world renowned, Spanish architect and artist, Santiago Calatrava. His unique design, through which spawning salmon can be viewed by day, will cross the Sacramento River to unite the Turtle Bay campus and connect the Sacramento River Trail from North to South. This workshop will discuss how Turtle Bay, the McConnell Foundation and the community sees the bridge as a focal point of community revitalization and as a metaphor for the Turtle Bay mission of sustaining both cultural and natural resources. This workshop will include a hard hat tour of the ongoing construction. The beginning of the mobile workshop includes a presentation and question and answer period in an outdoor amphitheater with wheel chair access. The tour of the construction site will be on paved and packed surfaces. Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

Trail Toys -- MW-Sat-39 -- FEE: $15.00

Vendors will demonstrate equipment, tools and materials used in the construction, maintenance and signing of trails. Earlier in the week, vendors will have had opportunity to showcase their products in the exhibit hall (both indoor and outdoor opportunities are available) at the hotel, and to have dialog with interested symposium participants on use of their products. The Equipment Expo is designed to move one step farther and allow vendors to actually show "Your Trail Toys at Work"! It is expected that exhibits will range from large trail tractors to goat packing equipment - and lots of things in between! Paved, packed earth and grass surfaces connect the demonstration sites. Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

"Road to Trail: Connecting the Past with the Present" -- MW-Sat-40 -- FEE: $25.00

Walk on a unique trail in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 8 miles west of Redding. The workshop begins with a _-hour slide presentation, followed by a 2-hour hike. Learn how the recent conversion of an old logging road into a scenic trail has improved the watershed and enhanced wildlife habitat within Whiskeytown NRA. The slide presentation will provide background history of the Paige Bar sub-watershed demonstration project and some of the different techniques used during the project to convert an old logging road into a trail. Participants will stop at various locations on the trail and discuss how the reconstruction of poorly designed roads can restore natural landscapes, reduce potential for gullies and landslides, and protect riparian habitat. Other topics for discussion will include issues such as erosion, hydrology, sedimentation, the proper use of heavy equipment, and re-vegetation practices. Trail is moderately strenuous, with narrow rocky areas, with an elevation gain of about 440 feet and is 2.2 miles in length. Participants should wear sturdy shoes. Portions are accessible to non-motorized chairs. Narrow and rocky stream crossings. Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

ATV Rider Course -- MW-Sat-41-- FEE: $55.00

The ASI ATV Rider Course provides hands-on training, with emphasis on the safety implication relating to each lesson. Students will learn basic techniques for riding an all-terrain vehicle responsibly. The lessons will include: starting and stopping; quick turns; hill riding; swerving and riding over obstacles. Students participate in both discussion and riding lessons to increase safety awareness and skills. During this course you can expect to get dirty and have fun doing it! We'll have ATVs and helmets, but you will be required to bring the following: long pants, gloves, boots or over the ankle shoes, long sleeve shirt or jacket, eye protection. Adaptive riding techniques also taught. Departure: 12:15 p.m. Return: 4:30 p.m.

 

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