Our goal is to address the difficult issues, and our programs will feature a wide range of experts offering realistic and effective solutions. We want YOU to join us in Portland to learn from the worldwide trails community, AND to share your solutions with the rest of us!
We all know that trails are the solutions to— well— the world’s problems— and we received a lot of very creative themes around the benefits of trails. But our thoughts for our 2015 International Trails Symposium evolved into three critical words: “Solutions for Success.”
This idea first came to me at the inspirational World Trails Conference held in January of 2014 on Jeju Island, South Korea sitting across from a man with the Great Himalaya Trail Association in Nepal. He expressed that this had been a really great conference for networking and promoting our trails, but he came looking for more on-the-ground solutions.
Al LePage with the National Coast Trail Association and one of our Symposium Planning Partners put it this way: “I haven’t often seen the hard issues addressed, the problems that face people working in the trail community, with real solutions. It’s not always pretty, and can be hard, but I think offering realistic and effective solutions is sorely needed.”
We know that trails are the right solution for making more livable communities and for managing public lands. But how do we get from concept to success?
Pathways to Success
The Symposium programs will explore the many pathways to success for all types of trails, from cities to the backcountry:
A Partnership for Sustainable Trails
Another way we will showcase "Solutions for Success" is through a partnership with the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA). American Trails and PTBA will offer a series of hands-on workshops focusing on the important skills and techniques involved in the sustainable design, planning, construction, and maintenance of trails for all types of users in all types of environments. Read more about the PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshop Series and Legacy Trail.