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posted May 24, 2022

Programming Trail Experiences for All: Our One Shot at Building a Trail Culture

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward

This talk will share programming examples and make a case for how these connections can transform communities from a culture of indifference to a culture of “yes,” of hospitality, of inclusion, and stewardship.


posted May 24, 2022

Managing High-Use Trails: Why Trail Stewards are a Necessity in Creating Safe, Sustainable Trails

by Hank Osborn with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Learn how trail steward and trail-building programs have worked to make the public better informed and more responsible trail users while protecting the resource.


posted May 24, 2022

The Great American Rail-Trail

by Kevin Belanger with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Marianne Fowler with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

Rails-to-Trails is embarking on a coast-to-coast trail system!


posted May 24, 2022

Getting Real with Preservative-Treated Wood for Trail Structures

by Butch Bernhardt with Western Wood Preservers Institute

Wood is sustainable and renewable. We can extend the life of wood far beyond the time it takes to grow a new tree.


posted May 24, 2022

Getting State Legislators Excited About Trails: Caucuses and "Active" Advocacy

by Andrew Dupuy with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Brian K. Housh with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

Several states, including Ohio, Michigan, and Massachusetts have established legislative trails caucuses in the past year, facilitating active engagement among state legislators and trail constituents.


posted May 24, 2022

System Wide Trail Assessment: A Spatial Data Driven Approach

by Michael Meister

In this Trail Talk new methods of mobile electronic data collection help streamline assessments for Tennessee State Parks.


posted May 24, 2022

Health Benefits and Funding for Close-to-Home Recreational Trails

by Terry Bergerson with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Randall Rosengerger with Oregon State University - College of Forestry

Non-motorized trail access was identified as a cost-effective public health strategy for increasing physical activity levels in the Oregon population.


posted May 24, 2022

DIY Volunteer Program Assessment: Maximize and Sustain Your Volunteer Community

by Kendra Baumer with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Take control of your volunteer program's future!


posted May 24, 2022

Making it Count: Analyzing Trail Use Data in New York and Connecticut

by Laura Brown with University of Connecticut, Dylan Carey with Parks and Trails New York, Jennifer Ceponis with Capital District Transportation Committee, Emily Dozier with Dutchess County Transportation Council, Kristina Kelly with Connecticut Trail Census, James Stevens with ConsultEcon, Inc.

Presenters outline the techniques used and lessons learned from trail counts in New York and Connecticut.


posted May 24, 2022

Big City Trails: Planning for Forest Protection

by Mike Halferty with City of Toronto - Urban Foresty Branch

This poster session presentation summarizes the process of developing the City of Toronto's Natural Environment Trails Strategy and its outcomes.


posted May 24, 2022

The Long Trail Back: The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, Three Years On

by Deb Caffin with USDA Forest Service, Randy Rasmussen with Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA), Paul Sanford with The Wilderness Society, Randy Welsh with National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

In this presentation the panelists discuss how the U.S. Forest Service is mandated to increase the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance activities.


posted May 24, 2022

Lessons Learned from Creative Problem-Solving

by Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose - Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

In this presentation find out what worked and what didn't with San Jose, California's urban trail network.