Preserving our Nation's Historic Trails

Trail Turtles, Rut Nuts, Contractors and Bureaucrats

This panel presentation describes the cooperative efforts of a trail mix of organization volunteers, contractors, and agencies, including the latest processes and techniques used in protecting and preserving the crown jewels of the National Trails System.

Speakers: Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System; Cheryl Blanchard, Archaeologist, U.S. Bureau of Land Management; Dave Welch, Preservation Officer, Oregon-California Trails Association; Gary Long, OTAK, Inc.

This panel presentation describes the cooperative efforts of a trail mix of organization volunteers, contractors, and agencies, including the latest processes and techniques used in protecting and preserving the crown jewels of the National Trails System - renowned congressionally designated national historic trails such as the Oregon Trail, California Trail, and the Juan Bautista de Anza. How does one protect thousands of miles of pristine trail landscape, while demands for communication towers, energy development, and other uses escalate? Learn about mapping, marking, and monitoring, classifying historic trails, documenting historic integrity, determining historic settings, applying viewshed analyses, and using visual simulation to hide modern intrusions.

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