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

Presentation Topics to Consider
See Instructions for Submitting a Proposal and the Call for Presentations

Any and all other topic ideas welcome!

Planning Small and Large (regional and national connectivity; crossing boundaries; National Scenic, Historic, and Recreation Trails; ecological infrastructure; master planning; the urban/rural interface; shared use; user conflicts; alternative transportation; rails with trails)

Water Trails (design; facility needs; management; signage)

Winter Trails/Recreation (multi-season and multi-use trail design, user conflicts)

Policy (legislation; surface transportation reauthorization; compliance; liability; access; user fees)

Design and Construction (sustainability; accessibility; Universal Trail Assessment Process; design standards; mapping; viewshed analysis; funding; trail-building techniques, materials, products and equipment; specialized construction practices; hybrid contracting; art and trails; citizen-built trails; signage)

Maintenance (funding; equipment; volunteers; aging trail systems; cost-effective maintenance)

Volunteers (recruiting, nurturing and retaining volunteers; workshops and field training for "citizen" trail construction, maintenance and use of trail-building equipment; youth programs)

Partnerships (developers; private landowners; utility companies; stakeholders; coalition building; consensus building tools; sustaining long-term relationships; diversity)

Advocacy (organizing; lobbying; outreach)

Economic Issues (ecotourism; greenways and trails to support infrastructure; projects in low-income areas; projects in brownfields)

Health (benefits; promoting trail use as a means for mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being; partnering with/engaging the health community; new funding opportunities)

Cultural/Historical Issues (trail development in historical context; preserving working landscapes; diversity of users; using historic bridges on trails; working with Native Americans; the arts)

Environmental Issues (stewardship; benefits; impacts of projects; designation and protection of ecological infrastructure; wildlife interface; trails as a resource management tool)

Safety/Security (Safe Trails; trails as community watch; locational issues)

User Experience (etiquette; long distance travels; interpretation; conflict resolution; outdoor recreation products; experiences along the way &endash; the heart and soul of using trails)

Trail User Groups: Equestrian, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Motorized Trails, and others (securing easements; shared-use; design; operations; maintenance; funding)

Promoting Greenways & Trails (selling benefits; fundraising; media; special events; designation and recognition)

Where to find it:


Won by Joe Walker, from Denton, Texas:



Updated November 19, 2006

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