SESSIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS BENEFIT TRAILS
This presentation will discuss transportation funding programs that benefit trails and trail-related activities, focusing on Transportation Enhancements and the Recreational Trails Program. It will provide State-specific examples.
Moderator: Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
Speakers: Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration; Nancy Anania, Transportation Enhancements Program Manager, Planning & Programming Division, Iowa Department of Transportation; Cheryl Surface, RTP Manager, Nevada State Parks
LIABILITY & RISK: TRAIL SUSTAINABILITY IN THE LAW AND INSURANCE
Trails not only are sometimes difficult to design and build, but also present unique challenges to communities or organizations which have the responsibility of operating and maintaining them. This session will focus on how the law reacts to recreational trails and the remedies it offers individuals, jurisdictions and organizations. The session will also provide a unique look at how insurance companies identify and evaluate insurance costs for trails, and finally, distinct ways individuals, communities or organizations can reduce and manage risk.
Moderator: George Bellovics, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Speakers: Stan Yonkauski, Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Greg Query, Query Insurance; Doug Wyseman, Risk Management, Municipal Risk Services, Ltd.
HOW TO COOPERATE, COLLABORATE, COLLUDE AND CONSPIRE TO CREATE A
WORLD-CLASS TRAIL SYSTEM: THE CENTRAL IOWA EXPERIENCE
The Central Iowa Trail, a 300+ mile system that touches 35 communities and ten counties and will ultimately be home to at least two 100-mile trail loop networks, was born of partnerships, focused planning, and hard work. Working together, the cities, counties, and organizations have built trails, established a Bike-Ped Roundtable and secured federal earmarks. What does it take to bring multiple jurisdictions, trail users and diverse community interests together in support of a vision? What does it take in terms of planning, commitment, and resources to build a world-class system? These are among the questions this session hopes to address.
Moderator: Lisa Hein, Program and Planning Director, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Speakers: Carol Williams, Special Projects Ranger, Story County Conservation Board; Pat Boddy, Director of Polk County Conservation Board; Lisa Hein, Program and Planning Director, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; Gay Lea Wilson, Pleasant Hill City
GREENWAYS AND TRAILS IN DEVELOPMENTS: A REGIONAL APPROACH
Developers are increasingly recognizing the value of including trails within their communities. More than merely an amenity, trails in developments are critical components of the built environment, encouraging active lifestyles, enhancing quality of life and connecting into broader public trail networks. In 2005, a forum of private sector and government representatives was held in Orlando, Florida, to specifically focus on better integrating trails and greenways as part of development planning in the region. With a goal of encouraging similar forums elsewhere, this session will provide an overview of the Orlando Forum, an American Trails project, and the continuing effort to "nurture the seed that was planted" during the Forum.
Moderator: Jim Wood, Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Speakers: Jim Wood, Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Bob Searns, Trail Development Consultant, Greenway Team, Inc. and Chair, American Trails Board; Jeff Olson, Alta Planning + Design
DON'T JUST TELL THEM WHERE TO GO!
Go beyond the use of trail signage for only addressing visitor needs (where to go, how to get there, safety messages and rules) by using principles of interpretation to enhance the visitor experience. This session will: show the difference between information and interpretation, share the keys to easy and successful interpretative planning, and present a "how to" on designing effective trail panels and wayside exhibits. Learn to engage your trail user, provoking action: from thinking about the value of the resource to taking steps to build greater public support for resource preservation and beyond.
Speakers: Diane Banta, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service; Rory Robinson, Indiana Projects Manager, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service
THE NOHVCC ADVENTURE TRAIL: INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
This session will describe the National Off-Highway Vehicle Council's "Adventure Trail" Youth Education Program. Presenters will talk about the lessons learned in previous educational programs, the development of, and adjustments made during the course of development of the Adventure Trail Program. The presenters will describe and demonstrate printed, electronic, and graphic materials available to support the Adventure Trail program and how they work strategically into a program that can be implemented in an almost endless number of scenarios by a wide variety of partners.
Moderator: Jack Terrell, Project Coordinator, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
Speaker: Dana Bell, Project Coordinator, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
CORPS VALUES: EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH SERVICE AND CONSERVATION
SAFETEA-LU, the legislation that reauthorized the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), encourages States to "enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with qualified youth conservation or service corps to perform construction and maintenance of recreational trails" funded by the RTP. This presentation will report on a research project undertaken by the American Recreation Coalition, on behalf of the Coalition for Recreational Trails and in partnership with the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, to determine how service and conservation corps have been used on RTP-funded projects, how that use can be expanded, and provide additional examples at the State level of these programs in action.
Moderator: Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition
Speakers: Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition; Sally Prouty, President, National Association of Service and Conservation Corps; Jono McKinney, Executive Director, Montana Conservation Corps; Ann Baker Easley, Colorado Youth Corps Association
TRAILS CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: CONNECTING A CITY: NEW APPROACHES
TO LINK TRAIL PLANNING WITH TRANSPORTATION NEEDS
This session will review concepts in transportation planning as a framework for trail planning and the development of design guidelines for multi-modal systems and their application. It will also explore innovative approaches to planning and developing trail plans/programs and review how trails can serve as an alternative mode of transportation; thereby, increasing recreational opportunities by providing vital community connections to parks, schools, and linkages to important transportation destinations. This session will highlight the City of Dallas Trail Network Master Plan, a planned system of trails providing recreation and transportation opportunities for the residents of Dallas with connections to surrounding communities.
Moderator: John R. Collins, jr., CPRP Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies Program, University of North Texas
Speakers: Meg Storrow, Landscape Architect, and Rachel Uthe, ASLA, Urban Designer/Planner, Storrow Kinsella Associates Inc, Indianapolis, IN; Maryanne Vancio, County Trails Program Coordinator, County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation, San Diego, CA; Jared White, AICP, Project Coordinator, City of Dallas, Park and Recreation Department, Dallas, TX
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