Connecting Communities and Improving Recreation through River Protection
This presentation will teach water trail developers how to improve recreation and increase access by integrating conservation and restoration goals into their water trails plans.
Speakers: Matt Rice, Associate Director, Southeast Conservation, American Rivers; Judy Steckler, Executive Director, Land Trust for Mississippi Coastal Plain; Jane Polansky, Scenic Rivers Administrator, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
This presentation will teach water trail developers how to improve recreation and increase access by integrating conservation and restoration goals into their water trails plans. We will explore the unique partnerships being formed and approaches being taken in South Carolina, Tennessee, and along the Mississippi Gulf coast to educate, enlighten, and inspire folks about the wonders of the waterways and the importance they play in natural drainage and ecosystem health. Information on developing public access areas to rivers, streams, and lakes as well as ways to engage landowners, communities, land trusts, and others will also be shared during this session.
Kartchner Caverns State Park provides tours that see over 150,000 people annually and the information that rangers provide on the tours is crucial to the experience. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has been missing out on a vital part of the experience, until now.
Use this library of resources, articles, and trainings to create an army of effective trail stewards.
Permeable Pavers provide stable, low-impact pathway through Rookery Bay Research Reserve.
Responsible equestrians should actively protect trees and other park structures when out on the trail. Equine expert Lora Goerlich gives her take on this topic.