From the Summer 2000 issue of Trail Tracks
National Trails Symposium 2000: news and highlights
15th National Trails Symposium: Redding, California, Sept. 21-24
American Trails, the leading national organization that promotes the interests of all types of trail users, is your host for the National Trails Symposium. The Symposium is a premier opportunity for trail advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as environmental, tourism, and business interests, to come together and experience an inspirational, educational, and fun-filled conference. "Trails and the American Spirit: 2000 and Beyond" is our theme. Redding, California, the Symposium host city, is the gateway to scenic northern California's wealth of trails, parks, and public lands. Some of the highlights of the 15th National Trails Symposium:
American Trails will present national awards at Symposium
The National Trails Awards Program is one way American Trails recognizes exemplary people who are working to create a national system of trails to meet the recreation, health, and travel needs of ALL Americans and who truly embody the Symposium theme "Trails and the American Spirit."
One of the highlights of the National Trails Symposium is the "On the Path of Excellence" awards banquet where the award nominees and the winners are announced. This year a new American Trails partner, GORP.com, will be one of the sponsors of the event, which will take place September 22.
The award categories are:
Redding, California, is a center for many kinds of trails
The 15th National Trails Symposium will be held in Redding, California, the gateway to California's far north, surrounded by the Trinity Alps and the California Cascades. Redding is an interesting location for trails enthusiasts for many reasons.
The Sacramento River is one major community asset, running through downtown. The City has been highly successful in creating an urban trails system focused on the river. Other sections of the Sacramento River look much like they did at the turn of the century (the last one!).Issues for the river corridor include ways to accommodate visitation and recreation while preserving the natural and cultural resources. The interface of land and water trails is another topic, involving developing semi-primitive recreation areas along with restoring riparian habitat.
Historic trails crossed through the region as well. the Oregon to California Trail, part of the Hudson Bay Trail, opened in1833. This route up the valley was also used by early animal herders going from California to the Columbia River.
The great long-distance trail of the west, the Pacific Crest Trail, passes through the Redding vicinity. This 2,650-mile National Scenic Trail is easily accessible from Castle Crags State Park.
The Trinity Alps Wilderness is another feature of the nearby national forest lands. Coverin over a half-million acres, it is an area of old growth fore, granite peaks, and over 100 lakes.
California will hold statewide conference in Redding as well
California State Parks will be holding its annual state trails conference inconjunction with the National Trails Symposium. This year's program will focus on the issues of changing population dynamics in the state, and the potential impact on implementing trails and greenways. Sessions will provide a framework for understanding diversity among the "trails community" as well as the larger population.
At the end of the day, conference planners hope to have a specific set of actions to support both the diversification of the California trails community and how trails activists can work with a wide variety of people and interests to implement the 2000 California State Trails Plan
For more information, contact Charlie Willard, California State Parks (916) 653-8803.
Dean Tice, head of NRPA is a featured Symposium speaker
Dean Tice, Executive Director of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), will speak at the Closing Plenary Luncheon on "Further Down The Path - the Future Of Trails." Mr. Tice, respected as one of the country's leaders in the recreation field, has a big vision of the future of trails and recreation to close the Symposium and guide our future paths.
As NRPA since 1986, Mr. Tice serves as Chairman of the Coalition for Recreational Trails and is a Special Advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. NRPA advocates the benefits of parks and recreation,with an emphasis on youth development, health, and environmental stewardship.
Training programs bring you the state of the art
We invite you to join us for a diversity of educational session at the National Trails Symposium, September 19-25. These will provide information on the latest and most innovative concepts for trails and greenways, and will cover the resources, people, ecosystems, communities, and recreational pursuits that affect and are affected by trails. All concurrent sessions will be 75 minutes long, and many will feature multiple experts from around the United States. Some highlights include:
Accessibility: A series of sessions have been programmed to bring you up to date on the Americans with Disability Act and the impact of the regulatory process on trail design, construction, and management. Sessions will range from reviewing the status of regulations, to exploring design guidelines, to highlighting case studies.
Trail Construction: Our emphasis on learning the art and science of trail construction, begun in the pre-conference workshops, continues with indoor classroom sessions.
Skill-Building: Multiple sessions emphasize the nuts and bolts of trails. If you are new to trails or need a refresher, consider these go-back-to-school sessions. For instance, learn about how to pull off great events, become a stronger local advocate, get more funding, build community support, order a bridge, get training, and much more.
Planning and Developing Trails: Join us for a series of panel discussions where you can ask all your questions about planning and implementing trails. These sessions will also cover the latest innovations in developing trails.
traditional trail skills, we will
be covering new technologies that
are shaping the future: the internet,
web-based databases, Geographic Information
Systems, and GeographicPositioning
The world of trails to be covered at the Symosium
We wish that all of our readers could attend the National Trails Symposium! But we are providing some details of the many educational sessions to give you an idea of the breadth of the trails world we cover. It is the committment of American Trails to include all trail activities and all trail types, from your neighborhood to the fartherest wilderness.
Following ares ome of the intriguing topics to be presented during the course of the 2000 Symposium:
Meet the 2000 National Trails Symposium Team!
Audio Visual Coordination
Catering & Hotel Arrangements
"Gold Rush Round-up" Party Coordination
Sponsorships and Finances
Trail Toys Equipment Expo
American Trails Office Staff
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