Activating the Trail Community in Conservation Issues

This webinar will explore ways to empower and activate trail users on your local trails.

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March 23, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Public lands provide the backdrop for trail users of all types to recreate, explore, and challenge themselves in nature, but often trail users can be disconnected from the issues that challenge the future of these very same public lands. How can we better engage the trail community in learning about, stewarding, and taking an active role in the lands these trails need to exist? Join long-distance hiker Renee Patrick in exploring the topic and ways you can start to empower and activate trail users on your local trails. The last 15 minutes of the presentation will include a discussion where you can share your thoughts, tips, and engagement challenges along your trails.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about ways trails have engaged users in conservation issues
  • Acquire an understanding that backpackers can be more active stewards of the land along trails
  • Discuss techniques to engage backpackers in environmental issues along trails


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • Consulting Website
  • Long-Distance Hiker Survey
  • Oregon Desert Trail
  • Independent Stewards Program (ISP)
  • ISP Presentation (skip to 50:30)
  • Blue Mountains Trail
  • NYT article

    Webinar Partners


    Renee Patrick, Owner, Renee Patrick Consulting
    Bend, Oregon

    Renee Patrick is a long-distance backpacker with over 20 year’s thru-hiking experience on many of the long trails in the country, including the Triple Crown Trails. She has been working to develop the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail since 2015 and volunteering to develop the Blue Mountains Trail since 2020. Renee’s consulting business focuses on trail resource development and engaging backpackers in stewardship and conservation of public lands on long-distance trails around the country.


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