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

FEATURED WORKSHOPS

In-depth seminars and meetings that cover several important educational topics.

Thursday, November 13 & Friday, November 14

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Universal Trail Assessment Process training helps trail managers improve accessibility

UNIVERSAL TRAIL ASSESSMENT PROCESS (UTAP) COORDINATOR WORKSHOP

  • Coordinated by American Trails and Beneficial Designs, Inc., proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership
  • Date: Thursday, November 13 & Friday, November 14
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $345 (includes lunch)

UTAP is an inventory process that provides objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width).

Saturday, November 15

UNDERSTANDING ACCESSIBILITY & BUILDING BETTER TRAILS WORKSHOP

Sustainable trails are more accessible trails. Sustainable trails are better for the environment because they minimize trail impacts on the surrounding environment. With sustainability as the key concept, the objectives of this one-day workshop are to teach participants:

  • current accessibility requirements and legal issues
  • introduction to the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP)
  • benefits of sustainable trail design
  • environmental, social, and economic sustainability
  • analysis and problem solving for accessibility

BECOME A TREAD LIGHTLY! TREAD TRAINER®

  • Coordinated by Tread Lightly!, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership
  • Date: Saturday, November 15
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $50 (includes continental breakfast & lunch)

While at the Symposium, don't miss your opportunity to participate in Tread Lightly!'s Tread Trainer® program. This program is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF TRAILS

  • 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 are ecologically sustainable, fun to travel, and respectful of the surrounding landscape. Workshop presenter: Woody Keen, Trail Dynamics LLC.

Monday, November 17

HORSE TRAILS CAUCUS

  • Date: Monday, November 17
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Cost: No fee, pre-registration required (continental breakfast provided)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Join fellow trail riders for a continental breakfast early on Monday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. This is a rare opportunity for you to share your experiences in a free-style manner and get to know others who have a diverse interest in our trails. Ways that we can make trail opportunities a reality while we generally network and get to know each other. Bring information (business cards, brochures, flyers) about you and your group to share with others.

WAKE UP WITH WATER TRAILS

  • Date: Monday, November 17
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Cost: No fee, pre-registration required (coffee and pastries provided)

Connect with other water trail enthusiasts in an intimate setting on Monday morning. This time will provide an opportunity for a rich discussion about needs for water trails and the future of water trails nationally, as well as an opportunity to network and get to know one another. Bring a trail map/guide, pictures, etc. from your source so you can share a little more about you and your organization with others.

TRAILWARE: UTAP DATA MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE COURSE

  • Coordinated by American Trails and Beneficial Designs, Inc., proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership
  • Date: Monday, November 17
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $145

TrailWare 2.0 is a software program for efficiently managing trail data collected through the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP). TrailWare makes storing and analyzing data easier, allows for creating trail characteristic reports (e.g. grade, cross slope, width, obstructions, and surface) for management purposes, and Trail Access Information reports suitable for distribution to trail users.

Trail Fundamentals and TMOs: Cornerstones for Effective Trail Management

  • Coordinated by American Trails with Jaime Schmidt, USFS National Trail Information Coordinator
  • Date: Monday, November 17
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

During this hands-on workshop, learn how to develop Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) and apply five key trail management concepts: Trail Type, Trail Class, Managed Use, Designed Use, and Design Parameters. Originally developed by the U.S. Forest Service, these concepts have been adopted and adapted by other federal and state agencies and partners in the development of trail prescriptions and effective trail management. Who should attend this workshop? Trail program managers, planners, technicians, advocates, and partners working in trail management, planning, inventory, and development.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (NTTP) MEETING, Part I ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • Date: Tuesday, November 18
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Cost: No fee; pre-registration required

Join us for an exploration of trails training in America. The NTTP partners invite the participation of agencies, states, communities and organizations in discussing strategies to make training more available to the nationwide trails community. Topics will include promoting training, identifying needs, training for accessibility and conservation corps, and efforts by states and trail organizations to provide more local training. In addition, the Partnership will discuss current priorities and identify committee needs.

To learn more about the NTTP, visit www.TrailsTraining.net.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (NTTP) MEETING, Part II ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • Date: Wednesday, November 19
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: No fee; pre-registration required

Join us for a day-long exploration of trails training in America. (This is a continuation of Tuesday’s meeting.) The NTTP partners invite the participation of agencies, states, communities, and organizations in discussing strategies to make training more available to the nationwide trails community. Topics will include promoting training, identifying needs, training for accessibility and conservation corps, and efforts by states and trail organizations to provide more local training. In addition, the Marketing and Accessibility Committees will meet.

To learn more about the NTTP, visit www.TrailsTraining.net.

 

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