Long Trails, Education Opportunities, Dealing with Obstacles
Alabama Scenic River Trail, the longest river trail in a single state.
Speakers: Dr. Jean Lomino, Executive Director, Chattanooga Nature Center; Tina Harvey Crawford, Director of Development and Marketing, Chattanooga Nature Center; Brad Shelton, AIA, Elemi Architecture; Jim Felder, Executive Director, Alabama Scenic River Trail; John M. Pflaum, P.E, Senior Project Engineer, WHPacific, Inc.
Come hear about the Alabama Scenic River Trail, the longest river trail in a single state, stretching 1000 miles, and learn how in less than two years the trail has become a centerpiece of the activity affecting nearly every land, trails, and recreational agency in the state, turning recreational opportunity into community development. Explore concepts for dealing with obstructions such as low head dams and utility crossings to facilitate passage along water trails. Learn how a creative idea became reality through community networking and partnerships including effective strategies for working with foundations, architects, builders, and city and county agencies. You will hear a firsthand account of the mistakes made and lessons learned. Learn how paddling provides another venue for teaching conservation education.
This paper outlines ways to achieve two key goals: First, to create career paths for young people; and secondly, to improve the U.S.’ ability to counter, and adapt to climate change, especially in communities that have suffered from environmental injustices.
This updated Rails-with-Trails: Lessons Learned report documents how the state of the practice, perspectives, and context for rails-with-trails have evolved since 2002 and includes updated effective practices.
The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project was created to ensure the next phases of trail development serve the needs of the community.
Understanding Federal Funding for Natural Surface Trails