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18th National Trails Symposium Quad Cities October 19-22, 2006

Concurrent Sessions
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 ~ Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

SESSIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

BEYOND BORDERS: CREATING A CONNECTED CORRIDOR SYSTEM FOR BICYCLES
Location: Wabash & Wisconsin Rivers Room - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

This presentation will inform participants of the effort to create an interstate corridor-level system for bicycles. The AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) Task Force on Numbered Bicycle Routes is working through a six-step plan. Panel members will talk about the scope of the project, accomplish-ments, project timeline, how trails may be affected and involved, and hopes for the future.

Moderator: Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

Speakers: Ginny Sullivan, New Routes Coordinator, Adventure Cycling Association; Terry Eastin, Executive Director, Mississippi River Trail, Inc.; Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration

PUSHING ROCKS UPHILL: BUILDING AND RESTORING TRAILS WITH VOLUNTEERS
Location: Arkansas & Platte Rivers Room - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

In Austin, Texas, USA, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada are two different trail systems: one dates from the 1930s and is loved to death by multiple user groups, the other a new municipal multi-purpose system being constructed by community groups. Both are using large numbers of volunteers for planning and construction and have seen good results in partnerships with all levels of government, parks departments, non-profits, individual, corporate and foundation sponsorships. The presenters will give overviews of their trail projects, progress to date, and most importantly, the lessons learned from working with hundreds of volunteers donating thousands of hours of planning and labor in over one hundred volunteer workday events.

Moderator: Patti Klein, National Stewardship/Outdoor Ethics Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management

Speakers: Don Ambler, Manager, Western Trail Projects, Halifax Regional Development Agency; Charlie McCabe, Executive Director, Austin Parks Foundation

A RETURN TO THE RIVER - RIVERWALKS THAT TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES
Location: Ohio & Illinois Rivers Room - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

What kind of impact can riverfront trails have on a community? Chattanooga has transformed a once environmentally degraded riverfront in to a world-class recreation and tourist destination. There are over 20 miles of existing greenway in Chattanooga, more than 13 of which are known as the "Tennessee Riverwalk," with an additional 100 miles planned. The City of Des Moines intends to revitalize the downtown riverfront with a trail project that incorporates a historic balustrade, a major flood control project, multi-level trails, a public use structure, the rehabilitation of an abandoned railroad bridge, and a new bridge crossing of the Des Moines River.

Speakers: Alison B. Bullock, Tennessee Projects Director, Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance, National Park Service; Thomas D. Heinold, Jr., P.E., Project Engineer / Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

SUSTAINABLE TRAIL DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Location: Wapsipinicom & Des Moines Rivers Room - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

This session will first introduce you to the basics and benefits of sustainable trails, then moves into an overview of the Minnesota DNR's new Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines. This manual provides guidelines for developing sustainable motorized and non-motorized trails in Minnesota, and includes a newly-developed trail classification system. The third part of the session will introduce a project at the University of Northern Iowa that uses a variety of educational resources in a sustainable trail design process that illustrates long-range planning, community input, recreation/environmental impacts, and innovative design elements.

Moderator: Brigit Brown, State Trails Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Speakers: Brigit Brown, State Trails Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Jeff Schoenbauer, Senior Principal, Executive Vice President Brauer & Associates, Ltd; Kathleen Scholl, Ph.D., CTRS is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa; Jef Farland, MPA, M.A., CPRP, doctoral student in the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services at the University of Northern Iowa.

LONG-DISTANCE TRAILS: STRATEGIES FOR CREATING SUCCESS AND PROMOTING USE
Location: Missouri River Room - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

Long-distance trails present special development challenges, including higher costs, more jurisdictions, interim use, etc. But such trails also offer excellent opportunities for connections, partnerships, and promotion. This session covers Illinois' 500-mile Grand Illinois Trail and 300-mile Route 66 Trail, with a focus on development strategy, partnership organization, interim use and promotion, and other issues unique to long-distance trails.

Moderator: George S. Bellovics, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Speakers: Dick Westfall, Illinois Department of Natural Resources; George S. Bellovics, Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Ed Barsotti, League of Illinois Bicyclist

EQUESTRIAN TRAIL RIDER DIVERSITY: TRAILS FOR ALL AMERICANS
Location: Iowa River Room- Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

Attract, accommodate and encourage this diverse group of trail users by understanding their needs, thereby reducing confusion/conflict/misunderstanding. Shared use trails can be enjoyed by all &endash; whether urban, suburban, wilderness or destination in nature &endash; by forging better alliances with equestrians. The positive involvement of equestrians increases the strength of an all-inclusive community of trail enthusiasts. This panel discussion highlights the diversity of equestrian trail groups and individuals, who will add support to any shared use trail project. Gain exposure to and appreciation for the variety of equestrian trail users, their diverse viewpoints, needs, and reasons for becoming involved in trail activities.

Moderator: Denise Maxwell, President, Illinois Trail Riders

Speakers: Yvette Anderson-Rollins, Director, Indiana Horse Council; Doreen Portner, Chairperson, North American Trail Ride Conference Trails Committee; Bonnie Davis, Consulting Editor, The Trail Rider Magazine

STATE TRAILS PLANNING
Location: Adler Theatre - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

This session will look at unique approaches to trail planning at the state level. As part of the state trail planning effort in Connecticut, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) needed a good digital base map of existing and planned projects. To that end, DEP developed and refined an electronic template that can be filled in with trail data and linked to GIS maps. New Jersey is in the process of updating its Trails Plan to establish a new vision for New Jersey Trails over the next five to 20 years. The presentation will provide an overview of our findings and preliminary recommendations.

Moderator: Brigit E. Brown, State Trails Coordinator, Wisconsin State Park System

Speakers: Leslie Lewis, Trails and Greenways Coordinator, State Parks Division, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; Tom Nosal, Civil Engineer, Office of Information Management, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; Annette Schultz, PP/AICP, Principal Planner, The RBA Group

RECORDING DETAILED TRAIL INFORMATION FOR ACCESS, MAINTENANCE, MANAGEMENT, SIGNAGE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Location: Adler Theatre Foyer - Time: Saturday 10:45-12:00 p.m.

This presentation will discuss the methods we use to measure trail conditions quickly and efficiently to benefit all users, particularly those with limited experience or different movement abilities. First, we describe work funded by the Northern Nevada Recreation Trails Program with Federal Highway funds 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.

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

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