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Concurrent Sessions: schedule and details ~ see speaker bios

Click on the date and time link for details of each block of sessions
Also see the 35 Poster Sessions offered at the Symposium

logo: the emerging role of trails in American lifestyles
 

We invite you to choose from 80 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics and offering expertise from around North America and beyond. The theme for the Symposium is "The Emerging Role of Trails in American Lifestyles." Many sessions directly support this theme by highlighting the health, economic, social, and environmental benefits of establishing trails in your community.

Other sessions focus on how to take your vision for a community trail to reality through partnerships, funding, successful marketing, and connectivity. Plus there are an abundance of case studies that showcase notable trail planning and design projects along with the latest in trail construction and maintenance. Be sure to take a moment to review the many sessions offered before planning your choices. See speaker bios.

All concurrent sessions are 75 minutes in length, Continuing Education Credits (CEU) certified, and being held on the second level of the Austin Convention Center.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Click on the date and time link for details of each block of sessions:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 ~ Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • ACCESSIBILITY AND TRAILS OVERVIEWPART A
  • DOCTORS BUILDING TRAILSFUNDING THROUGH MEDICAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
  • TIME SAVING TECHNIQUES FOR A FAST-TRACK PROJECT
  • I COUNT! / ┴YO CUENTO!CREATING A NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED ACTIVE COMMUNITY PROGRAM
  • DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY-BASED VISION FOR GREENWAYS AND TRAILS: A HISTORY OF AUSTIN METRO TRAILS & GREENWAYS
  • EQUESTRIAN DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR TRAILS, TRAILHEADS, AND CAMPGROUNDS
  • THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT OF POROUS CONCRETE FOR PARKING, DRIVEWAYS, AND TRAILS
  • TRAIL BRIDGESSITING, ECONOMICS & DETAILS FOR LONGEVITY
  • A CONCISE, COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING AND EVALUATING NATURAL SURFACE TRAILS
  • GIVING TRAIL PROJECTS LIFE AND SUSTAINING THEM WITH INNOVATIVE AND EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY
  • PRINCIPLES AND PROGRAMS TO PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE OHV RECREATION ACTIVITY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 ~ Time: 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • ACCESSIBILITY AND TRAILS OVERVIEWPART B
  • PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESSFUL GREENWAY DEVELOPMENT IN COLORADOA PANEL DISCUSSION
  • INCREASING THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BENEFITS OF TRAIL WALKING: THE LIFETRAIL
  • USDA FOREST SERVICE TRAILS TECHNOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND RESOURCES
  • THE NRT PROGRAM: NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUR LOCAL TRAIL
  • OLD TRINITY TRAILA PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP TO REDEVELOP A MIXED-USE AREA
  • FROM PAPER TO PADDLE: THE A-Z'S OF DEVELOPING BLUEWAY TRAILS
  • SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLNOT JUST FOR THE KIDS
  • TRAIL EPAEVENTS, PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
  • HOW TO BUILD EFFECTIVE TRAILS SYNERGY THROUGH MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
  • TRAILS AS ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 ~ Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • ARTFUL WAYSWORKING WITH ARTISTS
  • THE PHYSICAL IMPACTS OF TRAILS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
  • KIDS CAN'T RESIST BIKES
  • FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS BENEFIT RECREATION
  • BUILDING TRAILS TO HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES
  • A NEW ERA OF TRAILS? TRENDS AND ISSUES SHAPING THE FUTURE
  • MECHANISMS FOR ASSESSING, PLANNING, MANAGING, AND DESIGNING MULTI-USE TRAILS
  • USING CIVIC ENVIRONMENTALISM TO RESOLVE TRAILS CONFLICTS
  • MAKING THE CONNECTION, PROVIDING SAFE TRAIL/ROADWAY CROSSINGS IN URBAN AREAS
  • BRIGHTER MINDS, RICHER ENVIRONMENTS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 ~ Time: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • AUSTIN POWERS: TRAILS FOR THE "CITY OF IDEAS"
  • LATIN AMERICA'S SENDEROS AND TRILHAS: EXPANDING TRAIL NETWORKS FROM CHIHUAHUA TO CHILE
  • ROADS TO TRAILS: A GROWING PHENOMENON╔ TURNING GREY INFRASTRUCTURE INTO GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
  • KINGSBOROUGH DESIGN CHARETTE
  • TRAILS FUNDING FROM TAX DOLLARS
  • CONSISTENCY ACROSS BOUNDARIES: INTERAGENCY TRAIL DATA STANDARDS
  • TEACHING WITH TRAILS: LINEAR CLASSROOMS AND OUTDOOR LABORATORIES
  • ROUTE EVALUATION: DESIGNATION, LOCATION, PLANNING, ACQUISITION AND GIS TOOLS
  • ART OF PARTNERING: QUAD CITIES
  • IMPROVING THE ECOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING OF GREENWAYS AND OPEN SPACE TRAILS
  • DRY TRAILS IN WET LANDS: TWO SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP STORIES

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 ~ Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • STREAM CROSSINGSTHE VIEW FROM BELOW
  • THE GREENWAYS INITIATIVE
  • RISK AND TRAILS
  • THE GLOBAL CONNECTIONTRAILS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
  • AMERICA'S NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM - WHAT'S HOT?
  • RESEARCH: WHAT DO WE HAVE, WHERE IS IT, WHAT'S MISSING?
  • TRAILS IN PRIVATE MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES
  • TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE TRAIL
  • QUANTIFYING THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC TRAILS AND PARKS IN COMMUNITIES
  • CONNECTING THE PARTNERSHIPSCOMPLEX TRAIL PROJECTS MEETING MODERN RECREATION DEMANDS
  • ECOTOURISM AND TRAILS: THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND THE SUWANNEE RIVER WILDERNESS TRAIL

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 ~ Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • DIGESTING THE ALPHABET SOUP OF VISITOR MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORKS FOR TRAILS AND GREENWAYS
  • TREAD LIGHTLY!: HELPING SUSTAIN TRAILS INTO THE FUTURE
  • CORPS AND TRAILS: A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CONNECTION FOR AMERICA'S YOUTH
  • TRAILS IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENTOPPORTUNITIES ABOUND
  • RETROFITTING EXISTING TRAILS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING USE
  • TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
  • TRAIL SAFETY AND CONFLICT REDUCTION FORUM
  • REGIONAL VELOWEBPLANNING FOR THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH BICYCLE HIGHWAY
  • USER NEEDS AND IMPROVED OHV MANAGEMENT - PLANNING TRAILS WITH PARTNERS
  • CREATING COMMUNITY THROUGH TRAILS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 ~ Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • THE ART OF MECHANIZED TRAIL CONSTRUCTION
  • THE TRAIL OF YOUR CITY: BRINGING URBAN TRAIL SYSTEMS TO LIFE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
  • CREATIVE INTERPRETATION CONNECTING COMMUNITIES OF THE UPPER MONONGAHELA WATER TRAIL
  • IMPROVING TRAINING FOR TRAILS AT NATIONAL AND STATE LEVELS
  • CREATIVE CROSSINGS
  • NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROMOTE TRAIL ACCESS
  • BUILDING TRAILS WITH NO LAND AND OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
  • TRAILS INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS AND REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS? THE JURY IS STILL OUT!
  • TRAILS AND TRAVELING TO SCHOOL: STATE INITIATIVES

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 ~ Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ~ see speaker bios

  • HANDMADE TRAILS & BRIDGES
  • RAILS-WITH-TRAILSLESSONS LEARNED: AN UPDATE
  • NO MORE HORSING AROUND
  • PARTNERING WITH NATURE PRESERVES AND TRAILS TO PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASE
  • REGIONAL INITIATIVES SUPPORTING BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO RAIL
  • TIME TO TURN PRO? CAPACITY-BUILDING FOR OUR ORGANIZATIONS
  • HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL MULTI-PARTNER TRAIL SYSTEM
  • EMERGING ROLE OF TRAILS IN AMERICAN LIFESTYLESJAMAICAN CASE STUDIES

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!