"Plainting" the Trail

A Trail Talks presentation

Trail Talk handout

by Chris Gensic, Parks and Trails Planner, City of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Long term effort to plant native flowering understory plants that will naturalize over time along each side of trails to add color and texture and pollinator habitat along trails.

About the Author

Chris Gensic serves as a Parks and Trails Planner for the City of Charlottesville. His primary role is to coordinate the design and construction of a network of bicycle and ADA accessible trails to connect City parks, schools, and other destinations. He is also the primary planner for the department, dealing with updating park master plans and developing the larger park network according to the desires of the public and City Council.

Chris is also involved in urban forestry and wildlife planning, invasive species management, parkland acquisition, volunteer coordination, safe routes to schools, grant writing and grant project management. Chris has also worked as a regional planner at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District and as an environmental policy specialist at the Pentagon in Washington. He has served as the president of Bike/Walk Virginia, a state advocacy group, and locally as president of the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association.

He has lived in Charlottesville since attending the University of Virginia in 1991 to obtain a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Master of Urban and Environmental Planning.

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