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CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Sunday, Oct. 24
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! ~ see speaker bios

THE ART OF MECHANIZED TRAIL CONSTRUCTION (Room: 5-A&B)

The purpose of this presentation is to inform land managers, non-profits and trail contractors of the technology available to mechanize your trail construction process, thereby reducing cost, improving quality and sustainability, and utilizing the appropriate technology to assure protection of sensitive areas. Information provided by expert members of the Professional Trailbuilders Association will include videos and power point presentations on actual projects using mini-dozers, loaders, mini-excavators, motorized power carriers, and more.

Moderator: Tony Boone, President, Arrowhead Trails, Inc.

Speakers: Gerry Wilbour, President, Northwest Trails Inc.; Troy Duffin, Alpine Trails, LLC

THE TRAIL OF YOUR CITY: BRINGING URBAN TRAIL SYSTEMS TO LIFE IN YOUR COMMUNITY (Room: 6-A)

The panel will describe the unique applications and techniques for trail development and community ownership of the trail, utilizing the case studies: Riverfront Heritage Trail in Kansas City, Missouri; Parley's Creek Trail in Salt Lake City, Utah; Community-Wide Pathways in St. Charles, Missouri; Martin Luther King Recreational Trail in Waco, Texas; the Bicentennial Trail in McAllen, Texas; and the Sand Creek Greenway in Commerce City, Colorado. These trails seek to embrace the unique qualities in downtown, urban neighborhoods, and open space environmental areas.

Speakers: Dave Knopick, AICP, Vice President, Gould Evans; Walter Heard, ASLA, Principal, Gould Evans; Robert Searns, AICP, President, Urban Edges, Inc.

CREATIVE INTERPRETATION CONNECTING COMMUNITIES OF THE UPPER MONONGAHELA WATER TRAIL (Room: 6-B)

The presentation highlights a bi-state partnership project between the National Park Service Rivers and Trails program, the Mon River Recreation Committee, environmental artist Cindy Snodgrass, and the Student Conservation Association. Funded primarily through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the project (titled "Reflective Flow: Afloat") focuses on increasing awareness of the history and ecology of the Upper Monongahela Water Trail in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Through engaging the public in art-making activities, the project seeks to glean input for a comprehensive interpretive plan. This panel encourages participants to explore creative methods and non-traditional funding sources when developing strategies of trail interpretation.

Speakers: Peggy Pings, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program; Sarah Gerichten, Art Barge Project Coordinator, Student Conservation Association; Cindy Snodgrass, Environmental Artist

IMPROVING TRAINING FOR TRAILS AT NATIONAL AND STATE LEVELS (Room: 8-A&B)

This session will present the National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP), which is developing methods and opportunities for enhanced training for all kinds of trail related responsibilities, including funding, design, management, liability, etc. The NTTP is a partnership of nonprofit trail advocacy organizations, and State, and Federal agencies which have trails or provide funding for trails.

Moderator: Stuart Macdonald, Chair, National Association of State Trail Administrators

Speakers: Pam Packer, Executive Director, Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative; Christopher B Douwes, Recreational Trails Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

CREATIVE CROSSINGS (Room: 8-C)

Recent years have seen the construction of some strikingly beautiful and innovative trail bridge designs. Three major new bridges will be showcased: The Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California designed by famous architect and artist Santiago Calatrava on the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail; the City of Austin, Texas' very substantial and popular James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge with unique Helix Ramp on the Town Lake Hike and Bike National Recreation Trail; and Seminole County, Florida's beautiful, highly visible, and aesthetically enhanced Cross Seminole Trail Interstate 4 Overpass linking the Cross Seminole and Seminole Wekiva Trails.

Also, be sure and visit the Creative Crossings Photo Gallery in the Exhibit Hall.

Speakers: Terry Hanson, Manager of Community Projects, City of Redding; Girard Kinney, AIA, Owner, Kinney & Associates; David W. Martin, P.E., Principal Engineer, Special Projects, Engineering Division

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROMOTE TRAIL ACCESS (Room: 9-A)

This presentation introduces new technology that measures trail conditions quickly and efficiently to benefit all users, particularly those with limited experience or different movement abilities. First, we describe work funded by Nevada Recreation Trails Program using the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) developed by Beneficial Designs, Inc. Trails data gathered is used to generate signage and disseminate information through various media. We also describe funding strategies for trail assessment work. Second, we describe the high efficiency trail assessment instrument (HETAP), allowing one person using an automated data collection process to increase the efficiency of UTAP in gathering trail information.

Speaker: Peter W. Axelson, Director of Research and Development, Beneficial Designs, Inc.; Patricia Longmuir, Adapted Physical Activity Consultant, PEL Consulting

BUILDING TRAILS WITH NO LAND AND OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY (Room: 9-B)

This presentation introduces the trail community to the National Park Service concept of National Heritage Areas/Corridors and showcases the Blackstone River Bikeway, a 48 mile, $50 million (non rail-trail) transportation facility being developed through 14 municipalities, 2 states and the center of a National Park Service unit. Through the on-going development of this legacy project the National Park Service has had the opportunity to partner with over 30 federal, state, local and non-profit organizations.

Speaker: Mark C. Jewell, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service

TRAILS INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS AND REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS? THE JURY IS STILL OUT! (ROOM: 10-A)

Does the scientific evidence really prove that building trails will increase physical activity levels and consequently reduce health care costs? Much of the research on this subject is either anecdotal or correlational demonstrating links between trails and increased physical activity levels, but not proving a cause and effect relationship. This presentation will provide an overview of the existing scientific evidence linking trails, physical activity levels, and health factors with a discussion of research needs to establish causal relationships between these variables.

Speakers: John J. Librett, Ph.D., MPH, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Physical Activity & Health Branch; John M. Drew, Project Manager, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University; Stephen A. Wolter, Executive Director, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University

TRAILS AND TRAVELING TO SCHOOL: STATE INITIATIVES (ROOM: 10-B)

Safe Routes to Schools is a national initiative to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. Through this session, gain practical insight into establishing such an effort within your state. Hear how Michigan and Florida are taking on Safe Routes to Schools efforts from establishing legislation to conducting research that helps define barriers and improvements that can be made to encourage children to walk and bike to school.

Moderator: Franz Gimmler, Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Speakers: Dr. Linda Crider, Florida Bicycle and Traffic Safety Education Program & University of Florida; Pamela S. Kirbach, Michigan State University

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