Collective Impact

Creating Trail Networks on a Grand Scale

Want your trail to connect to the next town? The next county? How about the next state?


Presenters: Eric Oberg, Midwest Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Carl Knoch, Northeast Regional Office, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Laura Cohen, Western Region, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Yves Zsutty, Trail Network Manager, City of San Jose, CA; Patrick Starr, PA Environment Council; Amanda McEldowney, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

This session focuses on strategies to build coalitions, develop advocacy efforts, create communication strategies, and brand these emerging networks. Projects range from metro regions to multi-state trail systems, with experience from non-profits, metropolitan planning organizations, and local jurisdictions whose trails projects have evolved into regional systems.

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Mules and horsemen aide in collaborative trail maintenance on the Sheltowee Trace

During a groundbreaking effort between horsemen and hikers and Daniel Boone National Forest Service personnel, supplies to improve a section of the Sheltowee Trace NRT were moved by two mules and a dozen workers to a site near Bark Camp Creek.

Art Along Trails

A photo gallery of murals, sculptures, decorative paving, and memorials.

Volunteers promote trails and equine rides for public in NJ

Lusscroft Farm has a network of trails that connects the site with additional trails in High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest. The major purpose of this event has been to reintroduce the concept of equine trail rides to this area of New Jersey.

Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation

A national study on Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation.