20th American Trails National Symposium

Concurrent Sessions and Mini-Workshops
Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ November 14-17, 2010

arrow American Trails is making available many of the dozens of presentations from the Symposium. Scroll through the following list to see links to the files, most of which are PDFs of PowerPoint slide shows.

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arrow Download the full Symposium Program (pdf 14.75 mb)

arrow Download the Symposium Attendee Contact List (pdf 440 kb)

 

Concurrent sessions encourage sharing and exploration

We invite you to choose from 50 educational sessions and 15 mini-workshops. In keeping with our theme, “Trails: The Greenway for America,” these sessions will help participants understand how trails are “transforming our nation and the way we live” and will allow us to realize that trails have become a prominent factor in how and where we choose to live our lives; creating transportation, recreational and educational opportunities; encouraging well being; exploring history and heritage; bringing together people of all ages and abilities; and connecting communities.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

 

PARTNERS FOR TRAILS: DEVELOPING A BLM PUBLIC LAND NON-MOTORIZED TRAILS PROGRAM
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Great strides have been made in recent years towards developing a National Trails Program of Congressionally designated trails within the BLM landscape, but there is no program promoting, guiding, and funding non-motorized trails throughout BLM's 253 million acre System of Public Lands. Opportunities are lost due to lack of a coordinated non-motorized trails program both in broad scale land-use planning and in site-specific trail project planning. Join BLM and trails partners as they embark on the first step in developing a formal comprehensive non-motorized trails program and initiate a dialogue on current BLM non-motorized trails challenges and opportunities.

Speakers: Dr. Gregory A. Miller, President, American Hiking Society; Anne Merwin, Public Lands Policy Advisor, The Wilderness Society; Ben Pendergrass, Legislative Director, American Horse Council; Robert Perrin, Trails and Travel Management Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management

 

GETTING TO THE RIBBON CUTTING: KEYS TO LEADERSHIP & PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESSFUL TRAIL DEVELOPMENT
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Trail development and management is a long-term commitment. Successful trail partnerships sustain long-term productivity by motivating the collaborators, enlisting the resources, engaging the public, solving the problems, and blazing a clear-cut mission. This session offers practical how-to advice on developing the leadership tools and community resources to create, sustain, and manage the green infrastructure connecting your community to its land and sense of place. The top ten ways trail projects “get stuck” with organizational and partnering pitfalls and delays will be presented as well as hot to get “unstuck.”

Speakers: Tim Herd, Executive Director, Stroud Region Open Space Commission, East Stroudsburg, PA; Ursula Lemanski, Virginia Project Manager, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service, Leesburg, VA; Holly Larson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service, St. Paul, MN

 

EQUESTRIAN TRAILS: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND ACCESS
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This session is divided into three parts. The first two parts will discuss sustainable, environmentally sensitive equestrian trailhead and trail design. Topics will include site planning, trail design specifications, and best practices, along with technological innovations for managing storm water, mud, erosion, and manure on-site. Case studies of equestrian trailhead and trail systems will be used to provide real-world examples. The third component will describe the relationship between the NJDEP and the equestrian community in promoting access to trails, safety on the trails, future trails, and equity within the multi-user community.

Moderator: Jan Hancock, Author, “Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds”

Speakers: Clay Nelson, Principal, Sustainable Stables; Jan Hancock, Author & Principal, Hancock Resources LLC, A. Michele (Kebea) Adams, Equestrian Representative, State of New Jersey Trails Council

 

GETTING KIDS ON TRAILS: SOME EDUCATIONAL AND INTERPRETIVE APPROACHES

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This session features the collaborative work of a trail designer/builder, an outdoor education program administrator, and an interpretive planner/designer. They will share experiences of watching synergy at work on trails, ways to make trails and open space areas interesting and fun for youth, how trails can be designed for use in outdoor education, and how interpretive media on trails invite younger audiences to explore their world more fully. Session includes an overview of where environmental education has been and where it is headed with implications for trail planning. Our hope is to generate fresh ideas that will get more children off couches and into nature.

Speakers: Roger Bell, PhD, Board Member of American Trails; Pam Johnson, Program Administrator, Rancho Sonado; Jennifer Rigby, MA, Founder, Director, The Acorn Group and Acorn Naturalists

 

PROGRESSIVE FOOD STOP FUNDRAISERS: MAKING THEM SAFE, FUN & PROFITABLE
arrow Download PDF file (1 mb) of PowerPoint by Lebanon Recreation & Parks

This session will cover how to organize a successful progressive food stop fundraiser on your trail system or in your community, including low cost marketing strategies, online registration, and volunteer management. Featuring the success stories of the “Tour de Taste,” a progressive lunch bicycle tour which raised over $5,000 in 2009 for the Upper Valley Trails Alliance (NH/VT), and the “Full Moon Fiesta,” a ski/snowshoe event. Learn how to deal with rising popularity, establish key partnerships with area race organizers for event supplies like signage and equipment, and create a safe and fun experience for all ages.

Moderator: Cindy Heath, Special Projects Coordinator, Lebanon Recreation & Parks, Lebanon, NH

Speakers: Russell Hirschler, Executive Director, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Norwich, VT; Cindy Heath, Special Projects Coordinator, Lebanon Recreation & Parks, Lebanon, NH

 

THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA: PAST TO PRESENT

This presentation provides an overall summary of the Chattanooga story of revitalization and the role the natural surroundings and trails played in that renaissance.Chattanooga was once announced as the “dirtiest city in America,” but is now a model for cities struggling with revitalization and reinvestment. We will explore the key decisions and projects that helped pave the way for revitalizing downtown and embracing the natural surroundings. These decisions lead to specific projects such as the Tennessee Riverwalk and the Greenway Master Plan. We will focus on these projects and discuss how they are being planned and implemented today.

Speakers: Rick Wood, Chattanooga Field Office Director, The Trust for Public Land; Bruz Clark, President, Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga

 

WHY TRAILS REALLY MATTER: PLACING THE BENEFITS OF TRAILS INTO A BROADER CONTEXT

We are becoming more adept at understanding and documenting the many benefits of trails. Yet our trail advocacy efforts are still not as effective as they could be. This presentation will attempt to place the benefits of trails into the broader context of human and environmental well-being, and make the case that we should consistently communicate this larger and ultimately more important perspective. The presentation will be participatory and is intended to stimulate ongoing discussion.

Speakers: Roger Moore, Associate Professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University; Adrian Zeck, Graduate Student, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University

 

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF TIMBER LONG SPAN TRAIL SUSPENSION BRIDGES (cancelled)

This session will look at the Design & Construction of Long Span Timber Trail Suspension Bridges for trails. It will Review basic design standards for trail bridges and application to long span suspension bridges with the Pochuck Quagmire Suspension Bridge on the Appalachian Trail as a case study for successes and challenges. Practical construction matters will be addressed, leading to the conclusion that yes, there are cost effective solutions to that “Impossible Crossing.”

Speakers: Tibor Latincsics, Principal Engineer, Conklin Associates

 

TRAILS: GROWED UP

America’s increasingly unhealthy population, stressed natural systems, and diminishing economic vitality are “grown-up” problems that require communities and agencies to put their big pants on, play nice with others, and adopt a balanced diet of economic, environmental, and social sustainability known as a Triple Bottom Line philosophy. “Trails, Growed Up” will feature leading regional trail projects in the bi-state Calumet Region near Chicago that utilize “Complete Trails” planning, design and programming strategies to help maximize Triple Bottom Line returns and bridge physical, economic, and social borders. This philosophy goes beyond minimum standards to meet the lofty expectations of today’s trails.

Speakers: Gregg E. Calpino, Principal, Parks & Recreation Practice Leader, JJR; Diane Banta, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service; Steve Buchtel, Southland Coordinator, Active Transportation Alliance; Mitch Barloga, Non-Motorized Transportation and Greenways Planner, NW Indiana Regional Planning Commission

 

USING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR TRAIL PRESERVATION AND ACCESSIBILITY

This presentation will provide land managers with helpful information on trail accessibility issues. The presenters will review new technologies that can assist with trail planning and design, assessment, mapping, maintenance, surfacing improvements, and construction practices. Technologies presented will include those to inventory and create trail access information for all user groups to catalogue objective trail data including grade, cross-slope, tread width and obstructions. Providing access includes the provision of signage with objective information so all users can make informed decisions on what trails to use. Tips for obtaining funding for trail access improvements will be shared.

Speakers: Peter Axelson, Director of Research and Development; Beneficial Designs, Inc.; Jeremy Vlcan, Trails Project Coordinator; Beneficial Designs, Inc.

 

DESIGNING FOR DIVERSITY AND ENCOURAGING USE OF URBAN TRAILS

This session aims to illustrate how trail design and programming can attract demographically diverse users to wildland recreation trails and trails in urban areas. Beginning with a case study of the Florida National Scenic Trail, the session will demonstrate how to engage a broad spectrum of the population, while reflecting the values of the land management agency responsible for the site. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) will also share highlights from its Urban Pathways Initiative and explore innovative approaches to programming, community engagement, and partnerships for urban trails in low income communities and communities of color. Participants will also learn how to engage in RTC’s national network of urban trail professionals and advocates.

Speakers: Kelly Pack, Manager of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, DC; Anya Dobrowolski, Master’s of Landscape Architecture candidate, University of Oregon

CONCURRENT SESSIONS - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

FEDERAL FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION AND RECREATION
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The Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Enhancement activities and Recreational Trails Program provide funds to develop transportation and recreation infrastructure for walking and bicycling, and to connect communities and promote active living. Attendees will learn how to apply for Federal-aid funds: what works, what doesn’t.

Speakers: Christopher Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration, in Washington, DC; Bob Richards, Tennessee Greenways and Trails Program Coordinator

 

THE LONG AND SHORT OF TRAIL MAINTENANCE
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This session covers all aspects of hard surface maintenance including day-to-day items, periodic issues, and long term care that will extend the life of your trail surfaces. The session includes techniques, equipment, products, and timing for various maintenance functions on trails.
Speaker: Jim Schneider, President, Trail-Works, Inc.

 

LINKING THE LANDSCAPE: CONSERVATION STRATEGIES ALONG LAND AND WATER TRAIL CORRIDORS
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Lands bordering trails are increasingly vulnerable to incompatible development. To conserve the natural resources, vistas, and cultural heritage that make trail experiences unique, we are partnering with communities and land trusts on education and outreach, land use planning, and economic development. We demonstrate community engagement strategies being developed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in managing the long distance Appalachian Trail. American Rivers discusses protecting riverside land through the creation of Blue Trails, the water equivalent to hiking trails, and messaging strategies developed as part of the Waccamaw River Blue Trail.

Speakers: Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer, American Rivers; Laura Belleville, Director of Conservation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

 

THINK BIG: CONNECT TRAILS TO TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND FUNDING
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arrow Download PDF file (12 mb) of PowerPoint by Spencer Finch

Pennsylvania’s new Outdoor Recreation Plan: The Keystone for Healthy Living identified trails as the state’s top recreational need. Trail advocates are partnering with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resource in a strategy to find new funding sources to better market the network. The presentation will feature a case study of how the PA DCNR, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and other organizations "tee'd-up" segments for a Federal Stimulus funding opportunity that tapped $17 million in TIGER grant funds. On the marketing side, the new ExplorePaTrails.com website will be featured.

Speakers: Spencer Finch, Director of Sustainable Development, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Diane Kripas, Chief, Greenways and Conservation Partnerships Division, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

 

MAKING THE TRAIL FIT: CLOSING SYSTEM GAPS IN TIGHT URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

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Trail users typically seek convenient, comfortable, and pleasant walking and cycling environments. Trail planners/designers often encounter a variety of physical or other constraints complicating development of the ideal trail setting. This session explores innovative planning and design techniques to successfully overcome the challenges of completing trails in “tight spots.”

Speakers: Rory Renfro, AICP, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design, Portland, OR; Steve Jorgensen, Planning Manager, Bend Park and Recreation District, Bend, OR

 

ECONOMICS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN OHV RECREATION: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF OHV IN TENNESSE

Professor Mark Fly will give a presentation and lead a discussion on the economic impact of OHV recreation as well as outline creative strategies for sustainable relationships between natural resource managers and OHV recreationalists. Iva Michelle Russell, Executive Director of OHV4TN, will provide attendees with a legislative and organizational history of OHV initiatives in Tennessee and outline future objectives for OHV recreation in the state. Guest panelists from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Off-Highway Vehicle Association, and Tennessee legislators close to the issue have been invited to attend.

Speakers: Dr. Mark Fly, Coordinator, Wildland Recreation Concentration, University of Tennessee; Iva Michelle Russell, Executive Director, OHV4TN

 

FROM THE DRIVEWAY TO THE TRAILHEAD: THE MISSING LINK

Trail systems and networks are being developed across the country. Often these community trails are developed independently of other transportation systems such as neighborhood streets, roads, and transit systems. This session will explore the elements of street design, the value of local and regional partnerships, and the use of advocacy that can help to make your community more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The presenters will relate the success and experience of expanding the traditional trail organization into an effective multi-modal initiative to get improved trail, sidewalks, bike lanes, and the community support for such in your community.

Speakers: Terry Whaley, Executive Director, Ozark Greenways Inc., Board Member of American Trails, Chairman of Mississippi River Trail Inc.; Bruce Adib-Yazdi, AIA Architect, Vice President Retail/Entertainment, Butler Rosenbury & Partners

 

PATHWAYS FOR PLAY: PLANNING FOR PLAYFUL TRAILS

Are you interested in learning ways to increase the number of children and families who use your community's trails? Learn about the different needs of children and families to create trail environments that are fun and enjoyable for intergenerational users. Thoughtfully planned and innovatively designed trails can be valuable assets for children, families, and communities. Come explore these best practice guidelines for designing playful pathways that infuse play in the trail experience!

Speakers: Robin Moore, MCP, ASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director, The Natural Learning Initiative; Lisa Moore, M.A., CCC-SCP, Vice President, of Corporate Strategic Services, PlayCore; Adina Cox, MNR, PhD Student of Design, NC State University

 

FEASIBILITY TO REALITY: MAKING IT HAPPEN

This session will include two case studies of current greenway projects from early planning through implementation. The first study is a multi-jurisdictional greenway feasibility plan in Buncombe, North Carolina. This case study outlines the process of forming a multi-jurisdictional technical advisory committee, how to handle contentious property owners and overzealous citizen groups; preparing for public outreach, handling tough questions, and evaluating opportunities and constraints. The second case study is the “Prairieways Action Plan” of Commerce City Colorado, a growing community’s vision and implementation of a successful greenway system. Detailed planning, design, and implementation strategies will be shared along with examples of three different trail types actually built.

Speakers: Lucy Crown, AICP, Parks and Greenways Planner, Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services; Bill Neumann, ASLA, Vice President, DHM Design Corporation; David Tuch, Vice President, Equinox Environmental

 

MINI-WORKSHOPS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

BLUE TRAILS: CONNECTING COMMUNITIES AND IMPROVING RECREATION THROUGH RIVER PROTECTION
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This presentation will teach water trail developers how to improve recreation and increase access by integrating conservation and restoration goals into their water trails plans. We will explore the unique partnerships being formed and approaches being taken in South Carolina, Tennessee, and along the Mississippi Gulf coast to educate, enlighten, and inspire folks about the wonders of the waterways and the importance they play in natural drainage and ecosystem health. Information on developing public access areas to rivers, streams, and lakes as well as ways to engage landowners, communities, land trusts, and others will also be shared during this session.

Speakers: Matt Rice, Associate Director, Southeast Conservation, American Rivers; Judy Steckler, Executive Director, Land Trust for Mississippi Coastal Plain; Jane Polansky, Scenic Rivers Administrator, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

 

BLUE WAYS: LONG TRAILS, EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES, DEALING WITH OBSTACLES
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Come hear about the Alabama Scenic River Trail, the longest river trail in a single state, stretching 1000 miles, and learn how in less than two years the trail has become a centerpiece of the activity affecting nearly every land, trails, and recreational agency in the state, turning recreational opportunity into community development. Explore concepts for dealing with obstructions such as low head dams and utility crossings to facilitate passage along water trails. Learn how a creative idea became reality through community networking and partnerships including effective strategies for working with foundations, architects, builders, and city and county agencies. You will hear a firsthand account of the mistakes made and lessons learned. Learn how paddling provides another venue for teaching conservation education.

Speakers: Dr. Jean Lomino, Executive Director, Chattanooga Nature Center; Tina Harvey Crawford, Director of Development and Marketing, Chattanooga Nature Center; Brad Shelton, AIA, Elemi Architecture; Jim Felder, Executive Director, Alabama Scenic River Trail; John M. Pflaum, P.E, Senior Project Engineer, WHPacific, Inc.

 

SIGNS FOR THE TIMES: IDENTIFICATION, SAFETY, AND WAYFINDING
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During this session learn the rationale for an upgraded, more legible, and consistent system of signage for cycling on streets, roads, and trails. The current comprehensive design proposal, and review accomplishments to date in moving this important agenda forward. You will also be introduced to various aspects of implementing a wayfinding program, including developing a vision for the importance of wayfinding messaging and community branding, and ways to coordinate with local governments and obtaining funding and explore the pilot project at Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve that attempted to balance user needs for directional guidance with the natural aesthetic.

Speakers: Donald Meeker, Principal, Meeker & Associates Inc.; Jeffrey Olson, Partner, Alta Design+Planning; Kirsten E. Sittler, Preserve Planner, Lake County Forest Preserve District; Mike Tully, Director Of Operations & Public Safety, Lake County Forest Preserve District; Meredith Holthaus, President, Streamline Signage; Hans Landefeld, Sign Consultant

 

TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR BUILDING & PROMOTING TRAILS

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Better training and promotion help build more sustainable trails, empower volunteers to be more effective, and expand recreation, public participation, and ecotourism. This session will present educational opportunities, training providers, and a wide range of resources for land and water trails. Efforts of the National Trails Training Partnership in promoting and coordinating training will be highlighted. The session will discuss ways to work with states, and to develop and fund regional training initiatives as well as learning about creating a Water Trails Clearinghouse for regional coordination and promotion. Join us in sharing ideas and needs for trails training, improving skills, and building public involvement.

Speakers: Stuart Macdonald, National Trails Training Partnership, American Trails; Kim Frederick, Chinook Associates;

 

MOTIVATING & INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LAND STEWARDS: AMERICAN YOUTHWORKS, STUDENT CONSERVATION CORPS & THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FOUNDATION – GETTIN’ ER’ DONE
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arrow Download PDF file (6.7 mb) of PowerPoint on Kids in Parks Program (Carolyn Ward)

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Join us in learning more about how the next generation plays a vital role in land stewardship, greenway development, and trail building. This session explores organizations that provide experiences that motivate and inspire youth to treasure their outdoors and become stewards of their natural environment, while instilling healthy living choices. Come learn more about the TRACK Trail Program of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Student Conservation Corps, and the American YouthWorks Environmental Corps, a Youth Conservation Corps and member of the Public Lands Service Coalition.

Moderator: Elizabeth (Liz) Smith-Incer, Mississippi Field Office, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), National Park Service - Speakers: Carolyn Ward, President, Chief Operating Officer, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; Ron Hassel, Program Director, Student Conservation Association Trails Corps; Parc Smith, American YouthWorks’ Environmental Corps

 

GREEN AVENUES: FROM STRONG COMMUNITY PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE & ADVOCACY TO SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND METHODS
arrow Download PDF file (4.8 mb) of PowerPoint on Pheasant Branch Trail (Blake Theisen and Penni Klein,)

Using examples from Montana, Delaware, and Wisconsin this session will explore community planning, advocacy, sustainable building materials, and environmentally sensitive design and construction methods. Hear how a western city links recreational and commerce areas with non-motorized transportation facilities. Understand ways to ignite citizen involvement. Innovative construction materials and techniques will be showcased that achieve sustainable, accessibility, and environmental goals.

Moderator: Susan Moerschel, Manager, Park Resource Office, Delaware State Parks - Speakers: Blake Theisen, Project Manager/Park Planner, Schreiber Anderson Assoc., Inc.; Penni Klein, Public Lands Director, City of Middleton, WI; David Bartoo, Trail Planner, Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation; Thomas “Chip” Kneavel, Trail Crew Chief, Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation; Dan Harding, Associate Professor of Architecture, Director, Community Research and Design Center, Clemson University

 

TRAILS INVENTORY WITH GPS: HOW AND WHY!
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arrow Download PDF file (7.7 mb) of PowerPoint on BLM Landscape Trails Database (Dave Davenport)

Using GPS units to inventory your trail system is sometimes seen as a time consuming and potentially costly exercise with limited returns. We’ll explore multiple uses for GIS data beyond simple mapmaking and inventory such as, strategies for staff management, accurate budgeting, and utilization of volunteers. Then we will look at how BLM has used GPS/GIS to develop a statewide trails/transportation dataset that can be combined with multiple BLM States that will become part of the agency’s national transportation dataset. The compilation process, including lessons learned, as the agency developed a database that covers large landscapes will be covered.  

Speakers: William Gibson, Trails and Travel Management Coordinator – Arizona State Office Bureau of Land Management; Marisa Monger, Geographic Information Specialist, Advanced Resource Solutions; Dave Davenport, Lead Trails Specialist, Jefferson County Open Space

 

BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: A PLAN TO PROMOTE ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
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Learn how to use a collaborative approach to develop a bi-state regional trails plan. Explore strategies for successful citizen participation, with a focus on underserved populations, how to position trail projects as economic stimulators, and hold to increase community health. Case studies from the RWJ Active Living By Design project, the Upper Valley NH Healthy Eating Active Living project, and Safe Routes To School and Safe Routes To Play will be examined. Also, hear about Michigan’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, designed to increase physical activity among low-income and minority populations and enhance trails to promote these activities.

Speakers: Cindy Heath, Special Projects Coordinator, Lebanon Recreation & Parks, Lebanon NH; Russell Hirschler, Executive Director, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Norwich, VT; Julian A. Reed, Ed.D., MPH, Furman University

 

IF YOU DON’T COUNT…YOU DON’T COUNT!

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This session will present a number of different approaches to collecting data to develop estimates of the number of individuals using a trail system and the economic impact that those trail users have on the communities surrounding the trails. Research conducted on a 109 mile section of the Application Trail will examine the use and economics of America’s best know hiking trail. Trail usage and economic impact will be examined on a number of multi-use rail trails in both urban and rural environments. The methods, procedures, and results of these investigations will be presented with an eye to giving symposium attendees insights into how they might conduct similar studies.

Speakers: J. M. (Mike) Bowker, Research Social Scientist, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service; Karen Anderson, Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, Midwest Region, National Park Service; Carl Knoch, Manager of Trail Development, Northeast Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Donald Greer, Associate Professor, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha; John Noble, Associate Professor, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha

 

SHARING SPACE IN A CROWDED WORLD: THE EMERGENCE OF RAILS-WITH-TRAILS

This session will demonstrate the rapid growth of rails-with-trails (RWT) across the country; describe how to make RWT’s happen, and discuss innovative statewide legislation encouraging shared use on active rail/transit corridors. Establishing the necessity and practicality of including shared-use corridors in the planning and implementation of active transportation systems will be covered, as well as provide an overview of the progress RWT’s have made in the past ten years since the FHWA Lessons Learned report. The session will lay out the framework for making RWT’s happen using case studies as the primary training vehicle, including a focus on liability, safety, engagement with the railroad/transit agency, design characteristics, and more. There will also be a review of how through strong citizen advocacy many states are amending their Recreational Use Statutes to provide increased protection for railroads and others who allow a shared-use within their active corridors.

Speaker: Jeffrey Ciabotti, VP, Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

 

NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR MAPPING AND MONITORING LAND AND WATER TRAIL ATTRIBUTES

GPS, GIS, video, and Google Earth are technologies and applications that can be used for land and water trail mapping and monitoring. GIS can be used to create maps that identify how well trail segments meet each user’s preferences, and the results can be mapped and visualized in popular mapping products such as Google Earth. Applications include land trail mapping on the Appalachian Trail and kayak-based water trail mapping in the Big South Fork National River. Trail conditions and locations can also be documented with these technologies. Land and water trail virtual tour opportunities will be demonstrated.

Speakers: Timothy G. Prather, Extension Specialist, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department
University of Tennessee Extension; Dr. Paul Ayers, Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee

 

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: WHAT SOME OF THE BEST ARE DOING

This mini-workshop is intended to introduce attendees to trail management practices that “successful” trail organizations employ. Fifty of the leading trail management organizations from across the states were surveyed regarding the trail management practices they utilize. Results from the survey will be presented so that attendees can learn what practices successful trail management organizations follow, and to compare their current trail management practices with those that are considered successful. There will be time during the presentation for the attendees to interact and present/discuss their trail management practices.
Speakers: John Collins, Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies Program, University of North Texas, American Trails Board Member; Michael A. Schuett, Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University

 

THE LONG AND WINDY TRAIL: FINAL ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR TRAILS, WHAT THEY ARE & HOW TO APPLY THEM

After many delays, the U.S. Access Board issued draft final accessibility guidelines for trails, picnic and camping facilities, and beach access routes for Federal facilities covered by the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). An in-depth review of the final scoping and technical provisions will be provided and include the application of conditions for exceptions, documentation, and notification requirements. To understand how to apply these guidelines a discussion on how to retain accessibility characteristics while maintaining trails and trail surface material applications to minimize barriers and maximize access for people with disabilities will also be a part of this presentation. A discussion about field experience in applying the guidelines and the ensuing problems, benefits, and challenges will be included.

Speakers: Bill Botten, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board; Nikki Montembeault, Accessibility Specialist, National Center on Accessibility

 

OH THE PAIN IN CONDUCTING A TRAIL USER COUNT! SOME BASIC DO’S AND DON’TS

Over the last decade, research has documented the importance and relevance trails contribute to physical and mental health, to the environment, to the economy, and to quality of life. While public support for trail development appears to be strong, today’s budgetary constraints makes the growing demand for scarce resources extremely competitive, and the imperative need for accurate and reliable data to support each dollar of investment is crucial. This presentation is intended to provide the attendee with sound reasons for conducting a trail user count. We will also look at some of the trail user count methods currently being implemented as well as the uses and limitations of count data.

Speakers: John Collins, Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies Program, University of North Texas, American Trails Board Member; Stefanie de Olloqui, MS, CHES, Associate Director, Active Living and Transportation Network; Jamie Rae Walker, Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist, Texas A&M University, Jay Daniel, Senior Superintendent, City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

This session will provide an overview of Safe Routes to School from the national, state, and local prospective. Participants will learn about policy, funding, programs, and unique partnerships that can make Safe Routes to School successful. Presentations will also cover how Safe Routes to School connects children with the outdoors and how trail systems can be a part of Safe Routes programs and infrastructure.

Moderator: Leslie Meehan, Senior Transportation Planner, Nashville Area MPO, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Steering Committee Member


CONCURRENT SESSIONS - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

TRAILS IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS: EMERGING TRENDS AND MODEL COMMUNITIES
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It is a goal of American Trails that a quality trails system be accessible within 15 minutes of every American household and workplace. Private developers play a critical role in facilitating access to trails from homes, particularly given that trails are the number one community amenity that prospective homeowners seek (National Association of Homebuilders). This session, which features a recipient of the 2008 American Trails Developer Award, will include a look at trends in trails and private development planning. Hear a developer’s perspective on establishing a successful private development trails system for transportation and recreation purposes.

Speakers: Jim Wood, Assistant Director, FL DEP Office of Greenways & Trails, American Trails Board Member; Todd Pokrywa, Vice President of Planning, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc.

 

THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE TRAIL TOWNS: RURAL SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
arrow Download PDF file (6.8 mb) of PowerPoint on the Trail Town Program

The Trail Town Program works to link trails into municipal infrastructure, assist small businesses, and engage the communities in eco-tourism as a model to drive economic development. The session will cover the history of the Trail Town Program, the Great Allegheny Passage, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. It will discuss the partnership with the national non-profit, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and the utilization of the energy of the SCA Trail Town Outreach Corps. The speakers will elaborate on the successes and hurdles in the cultural shift to an economy based upon conservation and utilization of natural assets in rural towns.

Speakers: Amy Camp, Program Manager, Trail Town Program, Southwest, PA; Elisa Mayes, Project Leader, Student Conservation Association, Trail Town Outreach Corps, Southwest PA; Brad Smith, Proprietor, Confluence Cyclery, Confluence, PA

 

I NEED HELP! PARTNERING TRAILS WITH EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES
arrow Download PDF file (2.8 mb) of PowerPoint on Planning for Emergencies on Trails (Marcie Diaz)

arrow Download PDF file (3.5 mb) of PowerPoint on Partnering with Emergency Response Services (Stephen Miller)

When a trail user calls 911, he must be able to accurately convey his location. Learn how two communities have used GPS/GIS technology to accurately depict locations along their trails in partnership with emergency services and learn alternative methods that can help trail users connect to first responders when resources are limited.

Moderator: Stephen Miller, Urban Pathways Coordinator, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Speakers: Marcie Diaz, Greenspace Planner, Gwinnett County Department of Community Services;   Dawn Grosdidier, Assistant Director, Lenexa (KS) Parks and Recreation; Stephen Miller, Urban Pathways Coordinator, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

 

IMPLEMENTING YOUR TRAIL VISION: MAKING IT THE NEXT SUCCESS STORY
arrow Download PDF file (2.4 mb) of PowerPoint on Implementing Your Trail Vision

Developing a great trail vision is one thing – making it a reality is another! This presentation will provide participants with a framework that integrates effective strategies for consensus building, planning, and design. It will also present comprehensive trail planning elements that can be implemented to support “green” infrastructure. Examples from successful real-world projects will be referenced, including one’s dealing with: coordination with key partners and communities, early identification of potential fatal flaws, and communicating the value of successful trail projects. The presentation will demonstrate that a holistic approach to implementing trail projects will help minimize challenges, while capitalizing on each community’s unique assets.

Moderator: Steve Cote, PE, AICP, Senior Project Manager/Senior Planner, Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. - Speakers: Sara Huie, PE, Trail Planner and Designer, RS&H, Brandi Peck, Transportation Engineer, Douglas County, Georgia, Department of Transportation; Ron Sill, RLA, LEED AP, Community Design Leader, RS&H; Tim Witsil, Design Visualization Director, RS&H

 

TRAIL PLANNING FOR ECOTOURISM AND EVENTS

Well-planned trails encourage tourism and offer opportunities for small and large events, from charity walks to international competitions. Learn principles of planning trail systems to host events or increase ecotourism. Case studies will highlight events and their economic development impacts as well as successful trail tourism, particularly cycling destination development.

Speakers: Nat Lopes, Partner, Hilride; John Morton, Founder and Principal, Morton Trails; David Lindahl, Ph.D., Principal, Morton Trails

 

THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, AND THE BEAUTIFUL IN THE CUMBERLANDS: OPPORTUNITY IN ACTION AND ATTITUDES IN CONFLICT

For more than 200 years the Cumberland Mountains have promised wealth and beauty, while its residents have struggled with poverty. Recently, coal companies and large land owners in a small East Kentucky county have transformed existing logging and mining roads into extensive multi-use trail systems, combining natural resources with financial opportunity. In Tennessee, a State Scenic Trail has adopted cultural documentation, innovative programming, and community activities to introduce the Cumberland Trail to neighboring communities, and community neighbors to trail users and park staff.

Speakers: Steve Spencer, Ed. D., Professor, Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Department, Western Kentucky University; Debby Spencer, President, We Make Things Happen Corporation; Bob Fulcher, Park Manager, Cumberland Trail, State Scenic Trail

 

CONNECTING COMMUNITY, CULTURE & CREEKS IN BIRMINGHAM

What does it take to create a great trail system? This session will show how Birmingham is using trails and open space to change its image while building on its heritage. A regional trail system connected by greenways and rail-trail corridors will link three major parks. Using case studies of successful efforts and proposed visions for this network, the session will highlight the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned. Specific techniques of stakeholder involvement, community-building, partnership, experiential design, and other topics will be described from the point of view of a land trust, park director, and planner.

Moderator: Eric Tamulonis, ASLA LEED AP, Registered Landscape Architect, Senior Associate, Wallace Roberts & Todd, Philadelphia

Speakers: David Dionne, Executive Director, Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission; Wendy Jackson, Executive Director, Freshwater Land Trust

 

BLM'S NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM: TREASURED LANDSCAPES, TREASURED TRAILS

This session will cover America’s newest conservation system, the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System. The System conserves, protects, and restores special public land areas designated by the President of the United States or the U.S. Congress. This session will describe how the System fits within the Bureau’s multiple use mission and the types of special designations in the System, including National Scenic and Historic Trails. BLM’s progress on the 2006 National Scenic and Historic Trails Strategy will be covered, including an innovative inventory for Historic Trails under the stimulus program, and an update on policy development.

Speakers: Sarah Schlanger Ph.D, Lead for El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and the Old Spanish National Historic Trails, BLM; Britta Nelson, Project Manager, Scenic and Historic Trails Manual Series, BLM

 

FOREST SERVICE’S TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT (T&D) PROJECTS: SOLVING TRAILS PROBLEMS THE GREEN WAY

Missoula and San Dimas T&D Centers have supported the Forest Service trails program for many years with equipment and technology transfer that help get work done on the ground. In partnership with FHWA, the results are available to everyone. There are several newly-completed and on-going projects to learn about, including USFS Standard Trail Drawings and Specifications, Hands-On Log Cabin Restoration, Accessibility Guide for Outdoor Recreation and Trails update, Single Track Groomer, Stopping Sight Distance for OHV’s and Snowmobiles, Locating Your Trail Bridge for Longevity, Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas, Effects of All-Terrain Vehicles on Forested Lands and Grasslands, Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds, Trail Bridge Rail Systems, and much more. This session will introduce you to these projects, and tell you how to obtain the reports and DVDs at no cost.

Speaker: James Scott Groenier, Project Leader USFS, MTDC

 

HORSING AROUND: ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND  

The session will cover equestrian response to environmental challenges, a discussion on equestrian environmental awareness, will identify scientific and educational resources available to equestrians, will address challenges equestrians face on trails, and will describe best management practices, and show environmentally friendly recreational horse trails.

Speakers: Mylon Filkins, DVM, American Trails Board Member, Back Country Horsemen of America; John Favro, retired USDA Forest Service Member, American Trails Board Member

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 - Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.

 

TRAILS: CORE ATTRIBUTE OF A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
arrow Download PDF file (6.8 mb) of PowerPoint on the Atlanta Beltline (Kevin  Burke and Kerry Blind)

San Jose California and Atlanta Georgia are advancing large scale trail developments as core elements of sustainable development. A lively panel discussion with representatives of both cities will compare and contrast successful approaches for project development, sustainable design, building long-term support, and tips for successful delivery of highly complex projects.

Speakers: Yves Zsutty, Trail Manager, City of San Jose; Jan Palajac, Senior Landscape Architect, City
of San Jose; Kevin Burke, Senior Landscape Architect, Atlanta Beltline, Inc.; Kerry Blind, President,
Ecos Environmental Design

 

VERNACU-WHAT? CULTURE, HERITAGE, AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AS BUILDING BLOCKS FOR TRAIL DESIGN
arrow Download PDF file (8.4 mb) of PowerPoint on the Santa Fe River Trail

arrow Download PDF file (6.7 mb) of PowerPoint on Lexington's Legacy Trail

Drawing from dry-laid rock fences, a significant equine heritage, and one of the oldest urban growth boundaries in the nation, Legacy Trail spans the gamut of landscapes. From urban to rural by means of creative routing, the 9 mile trail has become a case study for innovative trail design utilizing the Kentucky landscape as a basis for the vernacular, extensive public involvement, indigenous art, and streamlined scheduling. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the sensitive nature of a corridor, and the environmental bent of both the mayor and many trail neighbors, lead in a circuitous route and unique design to develop a trail along three miles of the Santa Fe River. 

Speakers: Joann Green, Principal/Owner, Landstory; Keith Lovan, Div. of Engineering Project Mgr,- Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Mike Woolum, Vice President,Strand Associates; Bob Oberdorfer, RLA, Weston Solutions, Inc.

 

FRONT COUNTRY TRAILS & BRANDYWINE HERITAGE GREENWAY
arrow Download PDF file (3.9 mb) of PowerPoint on BLM's Front Country Trails Program

arrow Download PDF file (4.9 mb) of PowerPoint on the Brandywine Heritage Greenway

The Front Country Trails Program is a cooperative effort of the Bureau of Land Management, two philanthropic foundations, and others to create over 35 miles of paved and natural trails in Redding, California. The Brandywine-Struble Greenway, located 40 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is in the early stages of planning with a focus on the historic, cultural, and natural heritage of the Brandywine Valley. This session will look at "how to keep it green" by projecting, planning, partnering, and paying for trails with examples from both projects. The presentation will highlight attractions and unique natural and cultural features that will garner trail support.

Speakers: Steven W. Anderson, Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management; Sheila E. Fleming, Senior Planner for Conservation Design, Brandywine Conservancy

 

THE NRT PROGRAM: NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUR LOCAL TRAIL

arrow Download PDF file (225 kb) of PowerPoint on National Recreation Trails Program

The National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program recognizes the diversity of trails across America that connect people to local resources and improve their quality of life. This session will provide a brief history and overview of the NRT program, as well as highlight the growing benefits available to trail managers. Program benefits include promotion, technical assistance, networking, and access to funding opportunities. More than 1,000 trails have been designated on Federal, State, local, and privately owned land throughout the country.

Speakers: Helen Scully, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Recreation Trail Program Coordinator, U.S. Department of the Interior; Stuart Macdonald, National Recreation Trails Database Manager, American Trails

 

FLOW TRAILS AND BIKE PARKS: THE EVOLUTION OF MOUNTAIN BIKING

The increasing popularity in mountain bicycling in the past several decades has influenced the development of trails and bike parks. Learn the characteristics, relevance, and examples of flow trails and bike parks as well as the bike park development process from concept through completion.

Speakers: Nat Lopes, Partner, Hilride; Chris Bernhardt, Director of Consulting Services, International Mountain Biking Association

RECONNECTING PEOPLE TO TRAILS POST DISASTERS

This session reviews triage practices for getting trails up and running as well as the players involved in rebuilding old and creating new trails post disasters.
While managers need triage plans, planners and leaders often have to recreate a sense of place. People in the impact zone desperately need that sense of place. And, a network of safe, diverse trails provides mental and physical health through social and physical activity. Trails, such as those in the Gulf Coast Region, can also serve as a catalyst for new businesses post disasters.

Speakers: Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M University System; Jay Daniel, Park Manager, Houston Parks and Recreation Department; Jim Foster, Heritage Trails Partnership

 

TRAILS ARE AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT

A FUN visual tour of projects, activities, innovations and breakthroughs around the globe. See things you may never have imagined--a trail design solution to keep crocodiles from eating greenway trail users, a commuter route for elephants and a trail on stilts in Bangkok. A world tour with no jet lag and we won't lose your luggage. Learn about opportunities and challenges in a diverse variety of countries: accessibility in Taiwan, trails in France, tourism in central Europe, new projects in China, Africa and more.
Speakers: Robert Searns, Trail and Greenway Planner/Developer, The Greenway Team, Inc., Denver, CO, American Trails Board Member; Chao-Fu (Jacky) Hsu, Secretary General, Taiwan Access For All Association; Sandie Yi, International Affairs Specialist

 

BUILDING A GREENWAY ACROSS THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES: THE RIVER OF GRASS GREENWAY CASE STUDY

The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) is a proposed non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades, interconnecting this unique natural resource with the densely populated east and west coasts of southern Florida. The greenway, approximately 80 miles long, will be a hard surfaced 12-14 foot wide separate pathway that generally parallels U.S. 41 (“Tamiami Trail”) in South Florida connecting Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, and others. This presentation will focus on the problems faced coordinating this vast, multi-jurisdictional greenway along with solutions found in realizing the vision of this South Florida Greenway.
Speakers: Maureen Bonness, River of Grass Greenway Committee, Naples Pathway Coalition; Patricia Huff, River of Grass Greenway Committee, Naples Pathway Coalition; Trinity Scott, Florida Department of Transportation

 

BICYCLING IN CHATTANOOGA

Bicycling in Chattanooga is about to be transformed. Chattanooga is preparing for installation of automated bike share stations in the downtown corridor. A bike share program provides convenient access to bikes for transportation and recreation. With the award of $2 million in federal funds, large scale implementation with 30 stations with approximately 300 bikes is anticipated beginning in Spring 2011. This presentation will describe the evolution of Chattanooga’s bicycle program and our multimodal travel options.

Speakers: Philip Pugliese, MBA, Director Active Living and Transportation Network, Chattanooga; Stefanie de Olloqui, MS CHES, Associate Director, Active Living and Transportation Network

 

A TRAIL IN THE FORK : DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE TRAIL SYSTEM FROM SCRATCH IN THE FLOYDS FORK VALLEY, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

This session will describe the process used in planning and design, permitting, and the proposed management system for a brand new multi-purpose trail system over 75 miles in length in Floyds Fork Valley in Louisville, Kentucky. Panelists including the park developer, manager, planner, and trail builder will:
define the background and process used to start large-scale trail planning
describe the process used to assemble stakeholders
determine alignments, design parameters, and user mixes
define a management strategy for the new system
discuss the challenges and opportunities of public and private funding in building a trail system

Moderator: Eric Tamulonis, ASLA LEED AP, Registered Landscape Architect, Senior Associate, Wallace Roberts & Todd, Philadelphia, PA - Speakers: Scott Martin, Parks Director, Floyds Fork Valley, 21st Century Parks, Inc., Louisville, KY;
Woody Keen, President, Trail Dynamics, LLC, President, Professional Trail Builders Association

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 - Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

REDUCING IMPACTS, REUSING LAND, & RECYCLING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND LANDSCAPE
arrow Download PDF file (4.4 mb) of PowerPoint on Recycling Trails (Scott Linnenburger)

This session will promote the benefits of conducting critical focus on whether your area’s trails are really producing the healthy lifestyle benefits they should and at the lowest environmental impact possible. This ReThought process is aimed at reducing the resource impacts of trails and employing previously unused land to encourage an active lifestyle and appreciation of healthy ecosystems.

Speakers: Scott Linnenburger, Kay-Linn Enterprises, American Trails Board Member; Ben Blitch, Professional Trailbuilder B4 Consulting and Construction

 

THE INSIDE OF FOUNDATION FUNDING
arrow Download PDF file (778 kb) of PowerPoint by Karen Rudolph

Meet with two Chattanooga local foundation staff who will provide insights into their world of foundation funding. Learn some basic pointers on how to determine a foundation's funding interests, how to approach a foundation for financial support, what foundations are looking for from a recipient, the process of seeking foundation assistance, and some general "how-to's" and expectations of foundations.

Speakers: Karen Rudolph, Lyndhurst Foundation; Robin Koch Posey, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

 

FROM SPAGETTI TO TRAIL TO GUIDEBOOK: THE CREATION OF THE TITANIC RAIL TRAIL & CREATING TRAIL GUIDES
arrow Download PDF file (1.5 mb) of PowerPoint on the USACE Titanic Rail Trail

The first presentation will explore why one person said, "This is like trying to put together a bowl of spilled spaghetti," when a nonprofit trail group endeavored to link five different rail-trails, 13 communities and two states into a 66 mile long rail-trail in Southern New England. The second presentation will show how one trail group, the Benton MacKaye Trail Association, was able to publish their own trail guides at minimal expense and with maximal returns.

Speakers: Thomas Chamberland, Park Ranger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District;
Richard Harris, TN/NC Maintenance Director, Benton MacKaye Trail

 

A TALE OF TWO CITIES: THE SYSTEM OF TRAILS IN FAYETTEVILLE & NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS AND HOW THEY ARE REALIZING THE BENEFITS OF IMPROVED HEALTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
arrow Download PDF file (6.5 mb) of PowerPoint on City of Fayetteville Trails Program

arrow Download PDF file (4.4 mb) of PowerPoint on Cycling Culture: Investing in Biking Facilities

This session will demonstrate the process the City of Fayetteville has developed to efficiently build trails utilizing in-house city workers to reduce costs and accelerate construction. Evaluation of the positive economic impacts of Fayetteville’s premier urban trail, Scull Creek Trail, including increased property values, reduced crime, and vacancy rates will be assessed. The focus will then shift to the North Little Rock portion of the central Arkansas River Trail, completed in 2006, and the Big Dam Bridge, completed in 2009, providing an essential link to Little Rock’s trails. The Arkansas River Trail caused several businesses to locate near the trail. This session will highlight how Garver Engineering transformed its wellness program to improve overall health while reducing company healthcare costs.

Speakers: Matt Mihalevich, Trails Coordinator, City of Fayetteville; Robert Voyles, Director of Planning, City of North Little Rock

 

A TRAIL TO EVERY CLASSROOM: FROM THE APPALACHIAN TO THE IDITAROD

The National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy launched the Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) program in 2006. Now in its fifth year, with 230 teachers trained and more than 13,000 students engaged, the TTEC program is being shared and adapted for the Iditarod National Historic Trail. Launched in 2010, Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom connects rural and urban communities along the Iditarod National Historic Trail in order to foster a greater awareness of and a personal connection to the trail. This session will focus on program replication across trails. The presentation will include an overview of both programs, outcomes, and a focus on program replication for national trails including both successes and challenges.

Speakers: Rita Hennessy, Assistant Park Manager, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, National Park Service; Annette Heckart, Interpretive & Conservation Education Specialist, Chugach National Forest

 

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR VOLUNTEER/PARTNERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Enjoy a lively interactive discussion on building our capacity to work with volunteers and develop partnerships with examples from the State and national levels. Explore advantages of developing partnerships to build/manage trails and other special areas in addition to serving as a catalyst for special events and coordinating volunteer service.

Speakers: Tim Beaty, National Partnership Coordinator for senior, youth and volunteer programs; Doug Blankinship, Volunteer.gov/gov Portal Manager and Senior Advisor to the Take Pride in America program; Andy Wright, Tennessee State Park Ranger, Cumberland Trail; Keith Stewart, CEO, eSpherical.com

 

ALL TRAILS WORKING TOGETHER: A TRAILS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FOR THE CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST

Recreation staff from the Cherokee National Forest will present a trails management strategy that connects big picture recreation planning with the development of individual trail management objectives. The strategy creates a vision and framework for maintaining and improving trail opportunities for day-hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized use.

Speakers: Doug Byerly, Forest Recreation Program Manager, Landscape Architect, Cherokee National Forest; Matt Henry, Recreation Specialist, Cherokee National Forest

 

PARTNERSHIPS MAKE THINGS BETTER

This session will talk about some unique partnerships and how those partnerships make it easier to keep and maintain trail systems. The session should give you a new perspective on who can be a partner and how it can make things better.

Speaker: Karen Umphress, Project Coordinator, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, American Trails Board Member; Jack Terrell, Senior Project Coordinator, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

 

VARYING SHADES OF “GREEN” TIMBER BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

This session will outline the common design, methods, and materials of Timber Bridge construction. Then show how they rank in their level of green. The session will break down the three main components of Timber Bridge construction then show how these three components have to be interwoven to meet your project goals.

Speaker: J.D. James, President/Director of J.D. James, Inc.

 

OHV TRAILS IN TENNESSEE: HOW TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE

This session will show techniques used at two locations in Tennessee and the methods followed to create environmentally sustainable trails. Presentation will also cover the permits that are needed for motorized trail parks in Tennessee.

Speaker: Robert (Bob) Richards, CPRP, CPSI, Greenways and Trails Program Coordinator, TN Department of Environment and Conservation; Rusty Dunn, Off-Highway Vehicle Program Manager, Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

 

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