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Pre-Symposium Programs, September 19-21

National Trails Symposium

Redding, California
Tuesday & Wednesday - September 19 & 20

The Universal Trail Assessment Process Training Workshop (UTAP) -- FT-Tue-1 -- FEE: $368.00

(UTAP) by Beneficial Designs provides objective information about trail conditions which enables users to make informed decisions about trails that best suit their interests and abilities. The UTAP also assists land managers in identifying areas requiring access improvements, documenting maintenance needs, and budgeting and prioritizing construction projects. Some trails will contain short sections of steep grade, uneven surfaces, obstacles in the trail tread (e.g. rocks) significant cross slope or soft or unstable surfaces. Workshop instructors have significant experience in trails travel by people of all abilities and will work with participants to modify the on-trail sessions as required to meet individual needs. Repeated on Monday and Tuesday, September 25 and 26.
Departure: (Day 1) 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:30 p.m.
Departure: (Day 2) 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:30 p.m.

Trails and the Headwaters Reserve -- FT-Tue-2 -- FEE: $145.00

This field trip will take participants from the Redding area, through the river valleys draining the Trinity Alps and Coast Range, to the University town of Arcata, in Humboldt County. Participants will then visit the Hammond Coastal Trail, a popular multi-modal trail (part of the California Coastal Trail), under construction near the Pacific Ocean, before returning to Arcata for an evening of restaurants and college town nightlife. Early the following morning, the group will head an hour south of Arcata to the Headwaters Forest Reserve, where they will discuss a variety of trail related issues: planning, user groups, restoration, and endangered species protection. The Headwaters Forest Reserve, recently acquired by the federal Government and the State of California, is presently undergoing a long-range planning process requiring a wide range of public input. It is a high profile, natural area, with national attention and complex environmental and social issues. The group will return to the Trails Symposium by 6:00 p.m., in the evening. Meals & lodging are the responsibility of the participants. A block of rooms has been reserved. Please budget $100.00 for lodging and meals. Reservations must be confirmed by August 15. Access is over old logging roads, with grades up to 20 percent, with forest litter on them. Departure: 1:00 p.m., TUE -- Return: 6:00 p.m., WED

Wednesday - September 20

GPS, GIS and Trails -- FT-Wed-3 -- FEE: $40.00

This session provides an opportunity for a hands-on experience to learn field application of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and how to apply the resulting data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This workshop will be held at Lema Ranch, an oak grassland park, on the east side of Redding. The facility, with several miles of trails, lakes, and a state-of-the-art conference facility, provides an outstanding site to demonstrate the technology of GIS and its application in trail management. The program will be presented by: California State Parks, the McConnell Foundation and RLA Communications. Fully accessible. Departure: 9:00 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

Rush for Gold-- FT-Wed-4 -- FEE: $35.00

Journey back in time to the days of the California Gold Rush. Discover the Tower House Historic District and how gold fever shaped the people and the resources of the area. Tour the 1850's home of Charles Camden, one of the pioneers who settled the area. Lastly, experience the chance of finding your fortune while going on a modern day gold hunt. Gold pans and shovels will be provided. Easy, _ -mile walk on pavement and dirt. Historic Camden house has steep narrow stairs. There is no developed access between the trail and streamside where the gold panning will take place. You will arrive at Old Shasta, the "Queen City of the Northern Mines" at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served on the grounds at Shasta State Historic Park. After lunch, you will be given a tour of the newly refurbished Courthouse Museum. Highlights of the Museum include the Bogg's Collection of early California art and a jail-cell ghost (hologram). The tour will also include the refurbished Litsch General Store and the Blum Bakery. Departure: 9:00 a.m. Return: 3:00 p.m.

Historic Weaverville and the Weaverville Basin Trail -- FT-Wed-5 -- FEE: $35.00

Bus trip on the Trinity Scenic Byway to Weaverville, with onboard guides to interpret the historic and natural features of the trip. Concurrent sessions in Weaverville will include (1.) Guided hike or bike on the Weaverville Basin Trail System. The trails to be explored will typically have a tread 18-24 inches wide, of natural materials, with some grades of 20 percent. (2.) Guided tours of historic downtown Weaverville attractions, including Jake Jackson Museum, Joss House State Historic Park, Historic District, Art Galleries, and shopping. Both trips include generous time for lunch (provided) and browsing. Bike and hike trips will be easy to moderate. Participants must have their own bikes and helmets, (mandatory on the bike trip). All locations are within short walking distance of the drop off point. Departure: 9:00 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Kids, Rivers & Restoration -- FT-Wed-6 -- FEE: $ 50.00

A 15-mile raft trip on the Sacramento River, with emphasis on river restoration and agricultural water conservation practices. Join a student led tour, sponsored by the Sacramento River Discovery Center. Visit riparian forests and tour farms using the latest water conservation technologies. On the trip there are excellent opportunities to observe Eagles, Osprey, Beaver and Otter slides, along with Salmon moving upstream to spawn. Interpretive hikes talking about river habitat restoration will be conducted at stops along the way conducted by local students. A day in the sun, wet feet, and river adventures! Participants must be able to get in and out of a raft adjacent to steep banks and traverse up to a mile on natural, river terrain through various vegetation types. Departure: 8:00 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Mountain Bike Riding -- FT-Wed-7 -- FEE: $ 25.00

Enjoy mountain biking adjacent to Shasta Lake on Bailey Cove and Waters Gulch. Single track trails, with three distinct floral changes. The 7.5-mile ride utilizes two trails, one relatively level and the other providing challenging climbs and descents for mountain bikes. It is recommended that riders have intermediate riding skills. For those who did 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: 12:30 p.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Backcountry Discovery Trail Tour -- FT-Wed-8 -- FEE: $25.00

Want to see Redding, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Mt. Tehama - and a view from 5,000 feet that never stops? Take the all-day tour on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest portion of the California Backcountry Discovery Trail, a statewide, motorized route that provides access to outstanding natural attractions for all trail enthusiasts. Representatives of the USFS and BLM, as well as private land owners and spokesmen, will describe the many "discovery" points as you take this enjoyable trip through a wonderland that offers fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping and trail driving. Some of the history and many of the past uses of this area from days of Native Americans to the present will be described. See how well this area is managed by cooperatively by private landowners, USFS and BLM. This tour is presented by the California Off-Road Vehicle Association and the United Four Wheel Drive Association and is available for the enjoyment of all. Participants must bring their own 4x4 SUV. Some SUVs may be available for rental locally, with 48-hour advance notice required. Departure: 8:00 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Hi-Brow Hikers -- FT-Wed-9 -- FEE: $20.00

Turtle Bay Exploration Park invites you to a seminar that looks at trails with a widely focused lens: as a directional tool, as a marketing tool; and, as an educational tool. For cultural facilities like Turtle Bay, trails not only take the visitor to places, but they also lead the visitor to key experiences as well. Turtle Bay is developing a 300-acre cultural campus on the Sacramento River, which includes not only walking trails, but also extensive way finding systems to enhance the visitor experience on the Museum's expansive riparian campus. This workshop will give you an insider's look at both use of color and signage in designing (way finding), as well as the development of trails in a non-traditional setting. Paved and non-compacted trails will be the avenues of this tour. Lunch provided. Departure: 12:00 noon. Return: 4:00 p.m.

Trinity Alps Equestrian -- FT-Wed-10 -- FEE: $80.00

The ride will start from Coffee Creek Ranch, following a 72-mile bus ride to Coffee Creek, northwest of Redding, in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. You will ride in the 517,000 acre Trinity Alps Wilderness. It is an area of old growth forest, granite peaks, over 100 lakes and many crystal clear mountain streams. The trails will take you from the 3,100-foot elevation at the ranch to over 5,000 feet into the wilderness. Bring foul weather gear. There will be two options: a regular mountain ride or a more challenging route for experienced and adventurous riders. Both trails are beautiful and are approximately four hours long. Water and a picnic lunch are included. Riders must be able to independently mount and ride a horse on mountainous trails. Reservations for this field trip must be secured by July 31 to reserve stock. Departure: 7:00 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m. Repeated on Thursday.

BLM and USFS Welcome Reception -- pre-registration required

BLM and the USFS will host a pre-symposium reception to welcome symposium attendees and friends at the Paul Bunyan Forest Camp. The reception will be an opportunity for symposium attendees to meet agency representatives and trail advocates. Hors d' oeuvres will be served and a no host bar will be on hand for guests. Non-alcoholic drinks will be available at no charge. At the reception, the dedication of the Northern California portion of the California Back Country Discovery Trail will take place. Please check the pre-symposium reception box in the Events section on the Registration Form if you plan to attend this function. Check at the hotel for shuttle bus departures. Site is fully accessible. Hours: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday - September 21

17th California Trails and Greenways Conference -- FEE: $25.00

This year's program will focus on the issues of changing population dynamics in the state and their potential impact on implementing trails and greenways. Morning speakers will provide an overview of expected demographic changes, as well as a framework for understanding how and why we need to work with diverse groups of people. Our working definition of diversity is quite broad. We will look at how to bring the widest range of people into the "trails community" regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability, type of use, or even their opinion about the benefits of trails. We will go beyond this overview to look at the 2000 California State Trails Plan&emdash;and how can we work with different people and help to implement this plan. At the end of the day, we hope to have a specific set of actions to support both the diversification of the Californian trails community and the implementation of the State Trails Plan. The one-day conference within the Symposium will also include the annual California Trail Award program presentation during the luncheon, which is included in the registration fee. You may register for and attend the California Conference, even if you cannot participate in the Symposium. Similarly, Symposium participants from outside of California area are also welcome and encouraged to participate in the California Conference. Please check the 17th California Trails and Greenways Conference box on the Registration Form if you plan to attend. Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"Show Me The Money" - Grant Writing Course -- FT-Th-11 -- FEE: $45.00

Sharpen your competitive edge - learn the secrets to getting grant dollars for your important programs and projects. Participants will learn how to leverage funds and research and to effectively write grants. The registration fee includes course materials. The course is limited to 40 attendees and takes place on-site. Hours: 8:00 a.m. &endash; 12:00 noon

Trail Layout and Design -- FT-Th-12 -- FEE: $50.00

Learn about the basic principles of trail layout and design, the most important element of trail construction and maintenance. This all-day session will include classroom and field experience under the guidance of the award winning California State Parks Trail Training Team. The fieldwork will take place in the Horsetown Clear Creek preserve, adjacent to the scenic Clear Creek canyon. The course will include instruction on: layout and design, environmental considerations of proposed layout; instruction on use of abney and clinometer, introduction to topographic layout techniques; design considerations for various use types and basic geological assessment. This session includes up to a mile hike, on uneven ground, with steep side slopes. The opportunity exists for accessible training of layout and design, but since much of the course is off-trail, opportunities will be limited. Departure: 8:00 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Four Wheel Drivers Education and Safety Training -- FT-Th-13 -- FEE: $ 65.00

[A second class is offered in two parts on Friday the 22 (classroom) and Saturday 23 (practical)]

The Drivers Training Program was developed to introduce new owners of 4WD vehicles to the proper and safe use of driving off-highway vehicles. This course consists of both classroom training and a hands-on driver's training course to simulate various driving conditions. The difference between conventional highway vehicles and vehicles equipped with 4WD and related equipment are fully explained to students. The students will learn what to expect under adverse driving conditions and how to deal with each in a safe and responsible manner. A comprehensive driver manual is provided for each student. Travel to Chappie -Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area for this hands-on program, which will be held on a five acre site that varies from flat to very steep. Each demonstration site will include discussion of program benefits and costs, and how to connect with local or regional training opportunities. Four-wheel drive vehicles will be provided for participants. Fully accessible restroom is located within 250 yards; terrain is rocky. Participants must be able to operate an unmodified vehicle for the hands-on portion of the class. Departure: 8:00 a.m. Return: 5:00 p.m.

Lassen Peak Trail Project -- FT-Th-14 -- FEE: $35.00

Take a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park to view work-in-progress, projected and completed on the peak trail. Discussion and question-and-answer will occur at various points. An opportunity to reach the summit will also be available to those who can accomplish the climb within a narrow time frame. Base altitude 8500 feet - summit 10,500 feet. Steady 8-12 % grade; narrow, lose dirt and rock tread 18 inches wide; good to poor footing. The distance is two miles from trailhead to summit. Be prepared for high altitudes and possible sudden, severe, weather changes. Lack of storm clothing will disqualify you from trail activities. Departure: 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.

SCA Trail Maintenance Workshop -- FT-Th-15 -- FEE: $50.00

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) will teach a one day trail maintenance and restoration workshop. This module will focus on assessing impacts and prescribing solutions, and will be accompanied by hands-on instruction in tread and drainage restoration. Participants will learn about: use of a clinometer to calculate slope; appropriate tools for grubbing, drainage, rock and timber; installation of a waterbar using native materials; use of rock to build drainage culverts and retaining walls; prevention of erosion through check-dams; effective use of brush and methods of trail closure, including re-vegetation techniques. Participants may rotate through different training stations over the day, enabling them to select the skills most suited to their work. Terrain is foothill, with pines and oaks. Tread is about 24 inches wide, with root and bedrock protrusions. Base altitude is approximately 1100 feet. Participants will hike one- quarter mile to training stations. Those who choose to use hand tools will gain a better understanding of the techniques and labor necessary to conduct this type of work. Departure: 9:00 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m.


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