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Concurrent Sessions: Mini Workshops
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 ~ Time: 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Repeated: 3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

See the full list of over 50 educational sessions and mini-workshops and bios of speakers

SESSIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Trail Topic Mini-Workshops - Want to get "up close and personal" with a hot trail topic? The Trail Topic Mini-Workshops provide the occasion for you to be an active part of in-depth discussion and activities on eight different trail topics. These workshops will be repeated twice over the course of the afternoon.

BLUEWAYS: DEVELOPING A WATER TRAIL AND PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Location: Wabash & Wisconsin Rivers Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

The American Canoe Association will bring together experienced water trail developers to present a blueprint for creating a water trail and examine different organizational models for trail management. Presentations will discuss navigational and safety signage and methods of focusing usage into preferred locations for safety and sustainability. Presenters will engage participants in an interactive discussion of the challenges of developing a sustainable trail.

Workshop Leaders: Paul Sanford, Director, Stewardship and Public Policy, American Canoe Association; Nita Settina, Program Chief, Resource-based Recreation, Maryland Park Service; Liz Sparks, Recreation Planner, Office of Recreation Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission; David Godwin, Recreation Trails Specialist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

WINTER TRAILS FOR FUN AND PROFIT
Location: Arkansas & Platte Rivers Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

Win a $250 gift certificate for a stay at the Maplelag Resort in Callaway, MN!

For Symposium attendees, registration for this drawing is also available at the Winter Trails for Fun and Profit Workshops on Friday, October 20

This workshop will focus on how to develop and maintain snow-covered Winter Trails for xc ski and snowshoe trail users: the user profile; the beneficiaries from a variety of perspectives; how to conduct successful marketing; and operational nuts and bolts such as trail design, trail grooming, and more. Also included will be a survey of Pennsylvania snowmobilers pertaining to the needs, challenges, and economic impact of snowmobiling. Expect this session to be resourceful and to impact those of you that have the additional task of managing trails for winter use.

Workshop Leaders: Roger Lohr, founder/editor of XCSkiResorts.com; Jonathan Wiesel, Cross Country Ski Areas Association; Bruce Lord, School of Forestry Resources, The Pennsylvania State University

TRAILS AND TOURISM: LET'S LOOK AT THE MARKETING AND PROMOTING OF THAT TRAIL YOU JUST BUILT
Location: Ohio & Illinois Rivers Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

Do you tell the world about it, or is the trail your community's best-kept secret? Often the success and popularity of your trail can lead to the beginning of a community-wide network. Lack of promoting that first trail can also lead to it being your last. The challenge is how to balance promotion with user expectations and offer a quality experience. This session will explore and discuss strategies and partnerships used to promote trails and how to weave your trail into your community profile at the local and regional level. By the end of the workshop, you will come away with the basic outline and fundamentals of a marketing plan for your trail/community. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and share.

Workshop Leaders: Terry Whaley, Executive Director, Ozark Greenways and American Trails Board Member; T. J. Juskiewicz, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI); Steven F. Illum, Ph.D., Recreation & Leisure Studies, Missouri State University

CONSERVING NATURAL RESOURCES WITH TRAILS
Location: Wapsipinicom & Des Moines Rivers Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will be a participatory planning exercise combining conservation biology and intelligent trail design principles to envision, maintain and restore healthy trails. To have healthy people we need healthy trails and places. Our job as trail managers, developers and advocates is to expand the appreciation and development of trails for the health of other species and for generations to come. The objective of the workshop is to anticipate, identify trends, and develop scenarios for trails in the long-term future for the health of people and place.

Workshop Leaders: Mark Edwards, Conservation & Recreation Policy & Coordination, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Liz Garst, Acting Executive Director, Whiterock Conservancy; Pete Fritz, AICP, ASLA, Director of Urban Planning, RATIO Architects, Inc.; Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D., President, American Hiking Society

GETTING ACCESSIBLE TRAILS BUILT
Location: Missouri & Iowa Rivers Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

Join a panel of trail builders and accessibility experts as we go beyond the technical aspects of trail accessibility, and explore real life examples of how to get accessible trails on the ground in a variety of environments. We will discuss how accessibility standards mesh with current trail building standards, and determine the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating elements of accessibility, even though you know that a trail may never become an "accessible" trail. This workshop will be interactive in nature, so attendees should bring examples of their current accessibility challenges, and together, the panel and attendees will determine solutions to those problems.

Workshop Leaders: Mike Passo, Owner and Operator, Elakah Expeditions LLC and American Trails Board Member; Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, USDA Forest Service; William R. Botten, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S.; Gary Robb, National Center for Accessibility; Theresa Martinez, Trails Program Coordinator, Appalachian Trails Conservancy; David Bartoo, Trail Specialist, Delaware State Parks

WELL, IT'S BUILT, NOW WHAT - TRAILS OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
Location: Bettendorf Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

The trail is built! Now, who should operate and maintain this trail? How can this best be accomplished? This workshop will engage participants in open discussion of the pros and cons of paid employees, volunteers, or a combination of the two groups maintaining and operating this trail. Participants will be encouraged to share strategies and approaches they have used in the operations and maintenance of their trails.

Workshop Leaders: Tim Wegner, Minnesota Representative, International Mountain Bicycling Association and American Trails Board Member; Julia Rundberg, State Trail Coordinator, Trails and Waterways, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Jeff Schoenbauer, Senior Principal, Executive Vice President, Brauer & Associates, Ltd; Tim Mitchell, Planning/Environment Specialist, United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration - Minnesota Division

USING ART TO BRING TRAILS TO LIFE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Location: Davenport Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

Art on trails can have intrinsic value, but it can also be much more: a magnet for a larger audience of trail users, a promotional and outreach tool, and a means to attract funding and technical assistance. This workshop will highlight the use and benefits of using art to develop, beautify, and celebrate trails. Participants will be exposed to different resources and perspectives on linking art and trails, both nationally and in the Quad Cities. Participants will also have the chance to "plan" their own community art and trails project and have the opportunity to share questions, ideas, and lessons learned.

Workshop Leaders: Judy Bales, Artist and Member, Jefferson County Trails Council; Cherri Espersen, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service; Charles Tracy, Landscape Architect, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service; Kathy Wine, Executive Director, River Action, Inc.

HITTING A WALL: HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WHEN THERE IS CONFLICT
Location: Rock Island Room - Time: Friday 1:15 p.m. and repeated at 3:30 p.m.

Sometimes conflict can't be solved. You have to come up with strategies to be able to work on something without necessarily eliminating the conflict. Through examples, stories, and breakout sessions, participants will build skills in conflict resolution. Topics to be covered in this workshop include: introducing the "idea" of trails/greenways to jurisdictions; where to put it once the idea is accepted; and it's mine! No, it's mine! You're both wrong, its mine!!!

Workshop Leaders: Mary Hanson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service; Brigit Brown, Parks and Recreation Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, George Bellovics, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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