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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008


Featured Workshop

The secrets for creating legacy trails that are ecologically sustainable, fun to travel and respectful of the surrounding landscape.

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  • Date: Saturday, November 15
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 (includes lunch)

This full day workshop will unveil the key elements of trail planning and design essential for long term sustainability. The ultimate goal is designing trails in natural settings that blend with the landscape and pose little long-term impact on the resources through sustainable design and construction practices.

Great trails start with good planning and design: how to study the landscape and connect interesting land features with sustainable trail grades. We will focus less on getting from “Point A to Point B” and instead learn how to incorporate a “be here now” philosophy into trail design. We will introduce concepts of land features that make trails more interesting to users: trail anchors, gateways, and edges.

This full day workshop will learn the basic principles and foundation for great trail design. This will be achieved through a multi-media presentation that will feature some great trails throughout the U.S.

Workshop presenter: Woody Keen, Trail Dynamics LLC.
Woody is a partner in Trail Dynamics, a leading trail contractor in the southeast offering services in trail planning, design, development, and construction.

Trail Dynamics has performed trail work on many public and private lands trail systems including: NC State Forest (DuPont State Forest), National Park Service (Blue Ridge Parkway), SC Parks and Recreation (Caesars Head and Oconee State Parks), US Forest Service (many different projects), Army Corps of Engineers (several projects), The Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock Park, Pinnacle Falls Development, Sylvan Habitat, and Tamarack Resort in ID.

Woody has provided many educational workshops for land managers and trail advocates alike and is considered to be an excellent trail educator. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Professional Trailbuilders Association and is the first East Coast trail builder to earn that honor. Woody holds a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management and has worked in the outdoor industry for 30 years. His passion for trails is contagious and he enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with a wide range of trail users.


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