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American Trails presented "Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?" on January 28, 2016 as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"




"Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?"

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American Trails presented this Webinar on January 28, 2016. This webinar is presented by Karen Umphress and Russ Ehnes with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), as well as Mark Himmel with Back Country Horsemen of Montana.

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Conflict has come into focus in the trail world during the past few years. New and different ideas have been tried, but the best resolution for conflicts is a tried and true method. During this webinar, we will describe the ways in which most conflicts can be avoided before they ever start. The presentation will focus on motorized and non-motorized trail use conflicts, but the principles can be applied to any type of trail conflict.


Key Learning Points—Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?:

1. Conflict 101

2. The Essentials of Preventing Conflict

3. Lewis and Clark National Forest

4. Lessons learned



Karen Umphress

Karen Umphress is the IT and Project Manager for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). In this role, she has created projects and given workshops regarding safe and responsible OHV trails throughout the US. Karen graduated college with a double-major of Psychology and Speech Communication. She, along with her husband, have been the Government Relations Officers for AMA District 23 (also known as the Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association) since 1999. Karen is a founding member of a local dirt bike club, the Twin Cities Trail Riders, and serves on 2 MN state motorized recreation coalitions, the Minnesota Motorized Trail Coalition and the Coalition for Recreational Trail Users. Karen was a past American Trails Board member. In addition to motorized recreation, Karen enjoys hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing.  


Russ Ehnes


Russ Ehnes is the Executive Director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). He has lived in Great Falls, Montana his entire life. He began riding motorcycles with his family when he was five. He has enjoyed trail riding as well as competitively racing motorcycles until the mid-eighties. Since then, Russ has turned his attention to off-road advocacy, dual-sport riding and trail riding with his wife, two children, parents, and friends. He is the current Past-President of the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA) and is President of the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association (GFTBRA). Russ is the current Chairman of the Montana OHV Grant Advisory Committee. Russ has been an active participant in several US Forest Service Travel Planning and Forest Plan Revision processes in Montana and is currently a member of the Federal Advisory Committee for the Forest Service Planning Rule.


Mark Himmel


Mark Himmel began riding horses in his youth. Through his teenage years he also rode motorcycles. After he married his wife Sandy and moved to Great Falls, Montana, they bought horses and began riding together in 1991. Mark’s two children, who are now adults, also ride horses. Mark joined the C.M Russell Back Country Horsemen in Great Falls, Montana in 1997 and served as a Director, Vice President, and President. After four years as President of the local organization, Mark served as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of Montana. Mark is currently serving as Past Chair of Back Country Horsemen of Montana and is eager to serve on the national level as well.




More Resources


American Trails Homepage

American Trails “Resources & Library” webpage

American Trails “Multiple Use” webpage

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

Back Country Horsemen of Montana

Back Country Horsemen of America

Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association

“Dirt Bike and Horse Encounter on the Trail”

Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics winner (for her lifetime of scholarly work investigating how communities succeed or fail at managing common pool (finite) resources)


Contact Us


Karen Umphress, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

Russ Ehnes, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

Mark Himmel, Back Country Horsemen of Montana

Candace Mitchell, American Trails

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