SESSIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
LONG DISTANCE CONNECTIONS!
Mississippi River Trail, Inc., Southern Appalachians Initiative, Inc., and the American Discovery Trail offer unique learning opportunities for collaborative planning and development between national, regional, state, and local agencies, private advocacy groups, and community leaders. Learn more about each trail system's initiatives, goals, accomplishments and challenges. Discover how supporting organizations assist and manage these complex multi-state projects. Take away new ideas for multi-agency public/private collaborations that result in longer trail development opportunities. Talk with key experts about specific challenges and opportunities for expanding and connecting key trails in your area.
Moderator: Terry Eastin, Executive Director of Mississippi River Trail, Inc.
Speakers: Mark Ackelson, Mississippi River Trail, Inc.; Jeffrey Hunter, American Hiking Society; Reese Lukei, American Discovery Trail Society
BLAZING TRAILS TOWARDS HEALTH
Throughout the U.S. and Canada, trail advocates are leading the charge to create models for demonstrating the physical activity benefits of using trails. This session will explore how communities are connecting the health community with trails via prescription walking programs, improving health outcomes, creating new opportunities to be active and protecting trails for the future.
Moderator: Helen Mahan, Project Officer, Active Living by Design Program
Speakers: Peter Dunbar, Director of Leisure Services, Town of Collingwood, Ontario; Wally Elton, Executive Director, Upper Valley Trails Alliance
A TRAILS DESTINATION: HEALTHY TRAILS, HEALTHY ECONOMY
Creating a trails-based economic development plan isn't quite as easy as "build it and they will come." IMBA has worked cooperatively on trail destination projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. A unifying "draw," a well-conceived marketing plan, and a wealth of partnerships have taken an area from depressed to success. Similar opportunities are being explored along the diverse route of the 2200-mile Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT) where the Iditarod Trail Community Legacy Project is part of a planning strategy to increase ownership and local benefits along the trail through increasing volunteerism for trail work, creating interpretation and heritage education media, and developing rural tourism opportunities.
Moderator: Tim Wegner, Minnesota Representative, International Mountain Bicycling Association and American Trails Board Member
Speaker: Scott Linnenburger, Director of Field Programs, International Mountain Bicycling Association; Daniel Mattson, Director, Heritage Design / USDA Forest Service
BUILDING STRONG COALITIONS FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM
This session is a "must attend" presentation that features panelists from the Quad Cities and the Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Iowa area who will share how these outstanding trail systems were advocated for, planned, and built. Panelists will also explain how the continued addition of amenities and ongoing maintenance and promotion of the trails is accomplished through the involvement of multiple jurisdictions, non-profit organizations, and private citizens emphasizing "it takes a village" mentality. In addition to the prepared presentation, interactive discussion with session attendees will make this a particularly productive opportunity.
Moderator: Doug DeLille, Senior Planner/Trail Coordinator, Bi-State Regional Commission
Speakers: Kathy Wine, Executive Director, River Action, Inc.; Bill Nelson, Executive Director, Rock Island Park and Recreation Board; Kim Burger, Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau; Kevin Blanshan, Director of Transportation and Data Services, Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments.
APPROACHES TO INCREASED OHV OPPORTUNITIES
This session will highlight the partnerships, master plans, construction and lessons learned in the development of two very complex and successful OHV projects: The Paiute ATV Trail in South-Central Utah is a 238-mile loop trail formed by linking old roads and trails in the Fishlake National Forest and adjacent land administered by the Bureau of Land Management that connects to 1000 miles of marked side trails and 1500+ miles of side forest roads and trails. The Rock Run Recreation Area is a 6,000-acre motorized recreation area managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which will become the premiere ATV Park in the State with over 150 miles of trails, 4 motorcross/ATV tracks, a training facility and Welcome Center.
Moderator: Dan Kleen; President, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council & Executive Director, Iowa Off-Highway Vehicle Association
Speakers: Max C. Reid, Public Service Staff, Fishlake National Forest; Adam Mattis, Greenways & Trails Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
TRAILS TO EDUCATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT
Ask someone to describe the benefits of trails and you'll likely hear the usual . . . recreation, transportation, health, economic development. However, trails are also "Trails to Education and Enlightenment." Long distance trail networks can give teenagers the independence, the opportunity, and the personal challenge, of experiencing people, places, and events. Their personal journey in resolving challenges arising along the way is a coming of age experience. The Appalachian Trail Community has adopted service-learning to teach volunteerism, which studies show is a learned behavior. Children who volunteer are twice as likely to volunteer as adults. Through partnerships with schools and universities, curriculum is linked with community service, fulfilling educational goals, as well as the needs of trail managers.
Moderator: Rhonda L. Border-Boose, Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Midwest Office
Speakers: Rita Hennessy, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, National Park Service; Ders Anderson, Greenways Director, Openlands Project
HEROES, HEADACHES, AND HOW IT'S DONE: TRAIL MAINTENANCE IN THE MIDWEST
This session will look at issues related to trail maintenance highlighting the results of the Michigan trail maintenance survey completed in June, 2006, by Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance in conjunction with Public Sector Consultants. The survey will reveal the true costs, the best practices, and the many different arrangements in place to carry out the daunting task of keeping trails safe, usable, and aesthetically pleasing in the face of limited resources. In addition, the workshop will profile three levels of maintenance that exist on Michigan trails and look specifically at techniques and products that will preserve trail corridors and surfaces and delay the inevitable re-surfacing.
Moderator: Nancy Krupiarz, Executive Director, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
Speakers: Nancy Krupiarz, Executive Director, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance;
Carolyn Kane, Secretary, Fred Meijer Heartland Trail; John Crumm, Senior Planner, Department of Planning and Economic Development, Macomb County, Michigan; Jim Schneider, Assistant Director and Trail Manager, Greene County Parks, Ohio
TOMORROW'S TRAILS: EDUCATION FOR TRAILS AND GREENWAYS
There is an increasing need to train staff, as well as volunteers to take on the challenges of trail programs. The National Trails Training Partnership sponsors a comprehensive nationwide online training calendar, as well as hundreds of technical assistance resources at www.TrailsTraining.net. This presentation will look at alternative ways to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary, such as the Forest Service Enterprise Program and Florida's education programs for trail project sponsors, which includes accessibility training and the Florida Trails Education Master Plan. Learn about numerous trainings being offered around the country.
Moderator: Stuart Macdonald, Project Manager, National Trails Training Partnership and American Trails
Speakers: Stuart Macdonald, Project Manager, National Trails Training Partnership and American Trails; Cam Lockwood, Enterprise Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Enterprise Program; Alexandra Weiss, Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
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