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Webinar Recording: "Navigating the American Trails Website"

Navigating the American Trails Website – Your Comprehensive Online Resource for Advancing Trails, Greenways, and Blueways

Original webinar took place December 11, 2013.



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DONATE: If you donate at the $35 level, you will receive an additional FREE webinar for the American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series in 2014 (donate $75 and receive two FREE webinars). American Trails is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. View upcoming webinars... is one of the world’s largest online resources for trails, greenways, blueways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Our mission is to share new technology and expertise for better trails everywhere. We'd also like your feedback on how to improve the website and better serve your need for information.

This webinar will help you navigate our vast clearinghouse for trails. It will be presented by our webmaster, Stuart Macdonald, and moderated by Candace Mitchell, our Communications Specialist.


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You'll learn:

• How to find the right resources for every trail-related topic
• How to search for a variety of trails
• How to connect with organizations and communities
• How to take action on funding and policy issues
• How to publicize your projects, photos, and trails
• How to find training


American Trails provides a library of best practices for all the important issues. Learn how to find guidelines, photos, and examples for:

• Accessibility
• Bikeways and urban trails
• Bridges and structures
• Maintenance and management
• Safety and liability
• Every activity from water trails to snowmobiling


You'll also learn how to access news as well archives for:

• Legislation
• Funding sources
• State and Federal programs
• Awards and recognition opportunities
• American Trails Magazines and e-Newsletters


And this is still just a sampling of what you'll find. You'll also learn about areas of the website where you'll find:

• Online database of 1,200 National Recreation Trails
• Dozens of articles on featured trails
• Economic benefits studies
• Trail plans and user surveys
• Programs promoting health and involving young people
• Opinions and creative ideas


Whether you're a trail manager, builder, advocate, or enthusiast, we think you'll be amazed at how much is available at Join us for a fast-paced tour through the world of trails and help us improve the website with your own ideas and questions!

A recording will be available for all those that attend this webinar and will be emailed to all a few days following the webinar.


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Stuart Macdonald spent 19 years as Colorado's State Trails Coordinator. Currently he publishes the magazine and website for American Trails ( He also manages the National Recreation Trails Program and the National Trails Training Partnership (

During 1998-99 he represented State Trail Administrators on the national committee which proposed regulations for accessible trails under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also chaired the National Recreational Trails Committee, which advised the Federal Highway Administration in the first years of the Recreational Trails Program.

Stuart grew up in San Diego and his main outdoor interest, besides walking and biking, is surfing. He has a BA in English from San Francisco State and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University. Stuart and his wife Christie make their home in Denver, but are often found in San Diego and La Conner, Washington.







Candace Mitchell has been the Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist for American Trails since January of 2006. She performs most of the administrative work and works in conjunction with the designers and editors for the International Trails Symposium publications, the American Trails Magazine, the Trail Tracks e-Newsletter, and helps with updates to the American Trails website.

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She handles all advertising for the company, works with all exhibitors and sponsors for the International Trails Symposium, handles all the logistics for the webinars in the American Trails Advancing Trails Webinar Series, and assists with the Facebook and Twitter pages, amongst a variety of other tasks.

Candace attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where she received her BA in Communication in May of 2005. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant and has used her communication skills through business development and marketing at various jobs.

Candace enjoys backpacking and has a special place in her heart for Yosemite. She also appreciates a leisurely ATV ride and loves doing these activities with her boyfriend, her one year old son and six year old stepson, and her three dogs.


American Trails "Advancing Trails" Webinar Series

American Trails began presenting webinars in 2010 and is working to continue this popular type of computer and internet-based training. Webinars have proved to be cost-effective as well as an efficient use of time for people seeking to expand their knowledge and skills. Typically, a webinar lasts an hour and a half and focuses on a very specific topic and skills. Read more and see upcoming webinars as well as archived presentations...




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