SESSIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
SMALL STATE, BIG CHALLENGE: MANAGING MOTORIZED TRAIL RECREATION
The explosion of ATV and Off Highway Motorcycle sales has challenged land management agencies to protect sensitive natural areas, separate incompatible uses, and provide appropriate motorized trail opportunities. This challenge is particularly acute in eastern states where open space is precious and controversy over motorized access is plentiful. With nearly 100,000 motorized trail vehicles in operation in Massachusetts and nearly 200 miles of motorized trails, the state's forests and parks agency has developed a three-part strategy to transform an escalating problem into a sustainable management model.
Speakers: Gary Briere, Recreation Bureau Chief, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; Rebecca Barnes, Trails Coordinator, Division of State Parks and Recreation, Massachusetts Dept of Conservation and Recreation
NOT YOUR ORDINARY FUNDING SOURCES
This creative panel discussion will cover out-of-the ordinary fundraising opportunities that have a proven track record and will offer specific examples that have worked for other trail and greenway organizations. The panelists will cover topics that begin with the idea for a trail and proceed with finding those illusive maintenance and upgrade dollars. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers. The session will have specific handouts.
Moderator: Kandee Haertel, Executive Director, Equestrian Land Conservation Resource
Speakers: Donald E. Seal, Director, Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department; Chuck Lehman, President, Lehman & Lehman, Inc.; Kandee Haertel, Executive Director, Equestrian Land Conservation Resource; Terry Whaley, Executive Director, Ozark Greenways, Inc. and American Trails Board Member
TRAILS FOR FOREVER AND FOR EVERYONE
Best practices for ensuring that America's trails are available forever (trail sustainability) and for everyone (older adults and people of all abilities) are the focus of this presentation. The Trails for All Ontarians collaborative project developed guidelines and recommended "best practices" for applying the principles of sustainable design (environmental, economic and social sustainability) and universal design to the design, construction and maintenance of recreation trails intended for travel on foot. This presentation will also address several issues regarding trail design for aging adults. If trails are to serve all people, then the special needs (both physical and psychological) of aging adults will have to be considered.
Moderator: Bernie Dahl, FASLA, Chair, Landscape Architecture Program, Purdue University
Speakers: Patti Longmuir, Project Coordinator, Trails for All Ontarians Collaborative; Bernie Dahl, FASLA, Chair, Landscape Architecture Program, Purdue University; Kenneth P. Jacobs, Landscape Architecture Program, Purdue University
A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION: Non-Profit Organizations, State
and Federal Agencies and Volunteer Groups Pioneer New Programs to Maintain
Learn about a success story of an alliance among California Conservation Corps, Pacific Crest Trail, Back Country Horsemen of California, US Forest Service, NW Youth Corps, Americorps, and Student Conservation Association. This presentation will identify the manner and opportunity for non-profit volunteers to become involved in the stewardship of our backcountry trails and resources. It will identify the manner and opportunity for non-profit volunteers to become involved with Federal and State agencies, in the stewardship of our backcountry trails and resources.
Moderator: Nathan Caldwell, Trails, Byways, and Transportation Enhancements Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Speaker: Mylon E. Filkins, DVM , Chairman of the American Horse Council Recreation Committee and Equestrian Representative on the American Trails Board
THE ROLE OF THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION IN TRAILS AND
What is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and how can it influence a regional approach to trail development? This presentation will highlight the experiences and approaches of two MPO's with very different challenges illustrating their important role in advancing regional trail initiatives. One MPO, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission will outline their involvement in trail development in Northwest Indiana since the advent of ISTEA. The second MPO, the Bi-State Regional Commission in Iowa and Illinois, will show how they successfully unified a diverse region to encourage trail development helping to establish a two-state, five-county, multi-jurisdictional greenways and trails network and how they are turning obstacles into opportunities.
Moderator: Tim Mitchell, Planning/Environment Specialist, Federal Highway Administration - Minnesota Division
Speakers: Doug DeLille, Senior Planner, Bi-State Regional Commission; Mitch Barloga, Non-motorized Transportation Planner, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
STORY LINES: PATHBREAKING CONNECTIONS TO THE URBAN PARK
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is not one park, but a network of parks&emdash;a patchwork of parcels acquired as opportunity and public will has allowed. The resulting complex and interwoven pattern of parklands and urban lands has created compelling richness and diversity, but also posed a challenge: how to maintain connectivity across these two land use patterns&emdash;physically, conceptually and imaginatively? This panel will present some solutions forged by the GGNRA in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and outside consultants, and will raise new questions about the potential for weaving park experience into the fabric of everyday, urban experience and mapping meaningful trails beyond park borders.
Moderator: Rhonda L. Border-Boose, Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Midwest Office
Speakers: Jeannene Przyblyski, artist, historian and Executive Director, San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, City of San Francisco Arts Commissioner; Kate Bickert, Trails Forever Project Manager, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; Maggie Perry, Project Manager, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
USING ARC GIS TO DESIGN TRAIL LAYOUT
How would you like to be able to design a trail layout without leaving the office? This presentation will provide a step by step example. Designing new trail layouts can be a challenge, especially across areas with continually varying topography. ESRI's ArcGIS software is able to develop an optimal trail route to avoid areas with steep slopes, avoid areas of concern, and minimize stream or road crossings. The resulting trail route would need to be ground truthed for final layout. Discussion will include software requirements; data needs; and slope, stream, and road constraints.
Moderator: Gary Robb, National Center for Accessibility
Speaker: Dale Weigel, Forester, USDA Forest Service
"BREAKTHROUGHS" TO THE WATERS EDGE: TRANSFORMING FLOOD CONTROL INTO
A RECREATIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC ASSET
This session examines how trail systems break through typical boundaries to allow pubic access and environmental and economic revitalization of our waterways. Case studies in tidal, riverine and canal systems will demonstrate how trails can provide unique visitor experiences within diverse ecological and cultural contexts. Common to these locations is the integration and creative development of flood control structures and how innovate solutions can enhance and create opportunities for public access including; the restoration of 15,000 acres of wetlands and Bay trail linkages in San Francisco's South Bay Salt Ponds; levee replacement with "invisible flood walls" in Bettendorf, Iowa; building a walkable/amphitheater levee in Baton Rouge; retrofitting a flood wall with a pedestrian flood gate in Covington, Kentucky; and resurrecting the Erie Canal in Buffalo, New York.
Speakers: Donna J. Plunkett, ASLA, EDAW, Inc.; Roy B. Mann, MLA,, Principal, The Rivers Studio, LLC
TRAIL EVOLUTION/TRAIL INNOVATION
This session will explore the history of trails, from the early days of CCC camps to modern day trail building techniques. We will visit many really cool trails in the US and Canada and some early trails from around the world. The presentation will include photos of: trails in desert climates, rain forests, cool bridges, ancient rock work, trails in tree tops, and much more. This is a journey of time and technique and as such, it mimics a great trail experience.
Speaker: Woody Keen, President, Trail Dynamics LLC and President, Professional TrailBuilders Association
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