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posted Jun 10, 2019

Getting State Legislators Excited About Trails: Caucuses and "Active" Advocacy

by Andrew Dupuy with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Brian K. Housh with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

Several states, including Ohio, Michigan, and Massachusetts have established legislative trails caucuses in the past year, facilitating active engagement among state legislators and trail constituents.

  tags: partnerships, legislation

posted Jun 5, 2019

Big City Trails: Planning for Forest Protection

by Mike Halferty with City of Toronto - Urban Foresty Branch

This poster session presentation summarizes the process of developing the City of Toronto's Natural Environment Trails Strategy and its outcomes.

  tags: mapping, environment

posted Jun 4, 2019

My Two Cents – Innovative Trail Funding Proposal for States and Localities

by Chris Gensic with City of Charlottesville

Lack of funding for trail design, construction, and upkeep is often a major barrier to implementation. Topics of discussion include: should this be local or state level, should it fund planning or construction, how much is enough but not too much, and how to equitably share the funding.

  tags: funding

posted Jun 4, 2019

Closing Stubborn Gaps East and West

by Bill Long with Bay Area Ridge Trail, Frank Maguire with Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Diane Kripas with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Learn how trail leaders are generating support through techniques like outings and events, hikes with landowners, improved mapping and compelling visual images and engage in a sharing of lessons learned.

  tags: funding

posted Jun 4, 2019

New York's Breakneck Ridge: A Challenge for Hikers Becomes a Challenge to Sustain

by Chris Morris with New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Hank Osborn with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference, Sara Hart with New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

This presentation will showcase elements of a comprehensive planning effort underway, and will focus on specific management actions including data collection, trail stewardship, maintenance, and a Leave No Trace hot spot event.

  tags: technology, maintenance

posted Jun 4, 2019

Planning and Building Trails in Under-Served Urban Communities with Multiple Partners

by Daniel Ashworth with Alta Planning + Design, Sara Patterson with Michael Baker International

Two case studies lay out the opportunities and challenges with completing trails through a lengthy planning, design, and construction process with multiple planning partners and project funders.

  tags: funding, partnerships

posted Jun 4, 2019

Connecting Communities: Transportation and Recreation Networks

by Christopher Douwes with Federal Highway Administration

This presentation will provide a broad overview of Federal Highway Administration goals, programs, resources, and funding.

  tags: active transportation, funding, federal

posted Apr 18, 2019

Economic Impact Analysis of the Kansas City, MO Bicycle Master Plan

Economic Impact Analysis shows new bike master plan will save 36 lives every year, add $500 million to the regional economy, and create 12,000 jobs.


posted Apr 11, 2019

Goodsprings Trail Feasibility Study

The purpose of this trail study is to investigate the feasibility of building a trail system that connects Jean and the I-15 corridor to the small rural town of Goodsprings and the historic alignment of the yellow Pine Railroad.


posted Apr 5, 2019

2019 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report

by Federal Highway Administration

A report on the use and benefits of Federal Recreational Trails Program funds across the United States.

  tags: accessibility, transportation, federal, funding

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