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FEATURED WORKSHOPS

April 14-17, 2013

 

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Featured Workshops at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium

 

Want to get “up close and personal” with hot trail topics? The Featured Workshops provide the occasion for you to be an active part of in-depth discussions and activities on different trail topics.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

 

UNIVERSAL TRAIL ASSESSMENT PROCESS (UTAP) and HIGH EFFICIENCY TRAIL ASSESSMENT PROCESS (HETAP)
Coordinated by American Trails and Beneficial Designs, Inc., proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership

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The Universal Trail Assessment Process and the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process are inventory processes that provide objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width). The information obtained through an assessment can be used by land managers to enhance the safety and enjoyment for trail users (by providing accurate, objective information about trail conditions). The information obtained can also be used in monitoring environmental impacts on the trail, preparing budgets, developing maintenance and construction plans, and indentifying potential access barriers.

The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments. The course will conclude with a written UTAP/HETAP Certification Exam which is the first step towards certification as a Trail Assessment Coordinator.

Space is limited; to guarantee a high instructor-student ratio, class size is limited to 18. A waiting list will be created once 18 people have signed up. You will know before you sign up whether you're in the first 18 or wait-listed.

 

NATURAL SURFACE TRAIL MANAGEMENT 2.0: CHANGE MANAGEMENT FOR A SUSTAINABLE TRAIL PROGRAM
Coordinated by Trail Dynamics and Kay-Linn Enterprises

More trail users, changing trail uses, new regulations, and dwindling resources— these are the current and future realities for the management of natural surface trails. Unfortunately, many trails are still managed under a backcountry, minimal user, and agency-funded paradigm that has long past. While recent improvements for the design of physically sustainable trails are being implemented, managerial and social sustainability best practices have lagged behind. In many instances, trail managers and advocates cannot yet achieve their goals of physically sustainable trails due to social and managerial conflicts. In order to achieve sustainability on all fronts, agency managers and leading advocates must be willing to change to meet new challenges.

This one-day seminar, presented by two of the country’s most traveled trail professionals, will:

Specifically, the course will be divided into four seminars.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

arrow Building Public Awareness Event, free and open to the public (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

 

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EXPAND YOUR TRAIL CREW LEADER SKILLS
Coordinated by Chinook Associates LLC, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

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Critical to the success of any trail project is the Crew Leader. Participants in this half-day workshop will be introduced the skills needed to successfully lead a group on a trail project. Topics will include soft skills like: Safety/Risk Management, Crew/Individual Motivation and Teaching/Leading A Diverse Group. Technical skills that will be discussed are: Tread Maintenance, Vegetation Management, and Trail Construction.

 

 

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BECOME A TREAD LIGHTLY! TREAD TRAINER - CANCELED
Coordinated by Tread Lightly! A proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

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. Completing the one-day Tread Trainer course will qualify the participant to become a Tread Lightly! representative— a "Tread Trainer." Once a participant becomes a Tread Trainer, he or she is equipped to present the Tread Lightly! message to other educators, clubs, employees, visitors, enthusiasts, or community members. The program was created as a mechanism to disseminate the Tread Lightly! message of responsible recreation through volunteerism.

 

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UNDERSTANDING ACCESSIBILITY & BUILDING BETTER TRAILS - CANCELED
Coordinated by Elakah Expeditions, PTBA, and American Trails, proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership

Sustainability has many facets, including environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Sustainable trails are better for the environment because they minimize trail impacts on the surrounding environment. Trail users of all abilities benefit from and contribute to the social sustainability of the trail. A broader spectrum of trail users builds more public support for the trail and the benefits that it provides. Sustainable trail design ensures a high probability of compliance with the proposed recreation trail accessibility guidelines. Sustainable trails are also better from an economic perspective because of the decreased costs for maintenance and environmental protection.

The objectives of this one-day workshop are to teach participants:

 

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WATER TRAILS CAUCUS
Coordinated by American Rivers

Join the world’s leading water trail advocates, managers, planners, and builders in a setting that is informal, yet focused on water trails. The goal of the Water Trails Caucus is to provide those interested in water trails an opportunity to meet at the conference and to share information and ideas on water trail development, promotion, and tourism. Learn how others are connecting their communities, parks, and land trails to one another through water trails. Enjoy a cup of coffee and grab a snack for the afternoon’s mobile workshops.

 

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WEED FREE FEED – FACT OR FICTION?
Coordinated by Two Horse Enterprises

Many agencies are "requiring" stock users to feed weed free feeds to stock when riding, packing and camping on public lands. But are these required weed free feeds really "noxious/invasive" plants free? Does stock graze invasive/ noxious plants? And how many invasive/noxious plants can be attributed to stock uses on public lands? In a two-year research project by the California National Park Service and Dominician University, horse manure samples were collected, processed, grown and classified to determine if the sprouting plants were indeed invasive/noxious plants.

 

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CREATING A TRAIL MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Coordinated by Chinook Associates LLC, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

Millions of dollars annually are devoted to trail development across the country. Fundamental to the sustainability of this investment in a trail system is a Trail Maintenance Management Program. Participants in this workshop will be provided with an overview of the process to create a management program that will include: Creating a Trail Inventory, Managing Information, and Program Implementation Considerations.

 

 

 

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FEDERAL TRAIL DATA STANDARDS
Coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service

Learn what the Federal Trail Data Standards (FTDS) are all about and how to align your trail data for improved consistency, clarity, and communication. This session provides an overview and update on the FTDS—a core set of data attributes geared toward ensuring improved consistency and communication within and among trail data sets. Formally published in 2011 by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the FTDS are being implemented by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and U.S. Wildlife Service as well as many other state and non-governmental agencies and organizations. We will also have time to discuss and share questions, answers, and examples related to the FTDS.

 

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HORSE TRAILS CAUCUS
Sponsored by American Quarter Horse Association – STEP Program

Horsemen, land managers, and other recreationists are invited to attend. The goal of the Horse Caucus is to provide an opportunity for those interested in equestrian trials to meet and network at the conference in a forum specifically focused on equine trail use. There will be a moderated session in the first hour to share success stories and issues of concern that need attention on a national level. The second hour will provide social/networking time. Bring information about your trails and equestrian trail group to share with others (business cards, brochures, etc.).

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

 

TRAIL FUNDAMENTALS and TMOs: CORNERSTONES OF EFFECTIVE TRAIL MANAGEMENT

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Coordinated by U.S. Forest Service

During this hands-on training session, learn how to develop Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) and apply 5 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. Target Audience: Trail program managers, planners, technicians, advocates, and partners working in trail management, planning, inventory and development.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

 

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ADAPTIVE PADDLING WORKSHOP - CANCELED
Coordinated by Elakah Expeditions, PTBA, and American Trails, proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership

This course is designed to help water trail managers and outfitters improve opportunities for people of all background and abilities to enjoy water trails. The workshop includes a half day indoor instruction, followed by a half day of on-the-water training in adaptations and programmatic access.

The objectives of this workshop are to teach participants:
To effectively and objectively describe the conditions on any given Water Trail
To discuss methods for disseminating the objective information to potential water trail users
To discuss several ways to adapt facilities and provide programmatic access to water trails through staffing and policy adaptation to a broad spectrum of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

 

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NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (NTTP) MEETING, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Coordinated by American Trails., a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

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

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

 

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BECOME A TREAD LIGHTLY! MASTER TREAD TRAINER - CANCELED
Coordinated by Tread Lightly!, a proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership

Tread Lightly!’s Master Tread Trainer course is a two-day course designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistently to others in their state or region.

 

 

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