Developing a Program to Reduce Trail Conflicts

The webinar will describe the highly successful "Slow & Say Hello" trail safety and resource protection program. They will share what they have learned over 10 years, and what works and what doesn't in modifying behavior among different user groups.

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June 22, 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

Check out the first webinar on this topic from May 2022: Slow and Say Hello: A Program to Reduce Trail Conflicts and Protect Resources. The presenter explained what their group of volunteers had accomplished in the San Francisco area and encouraged others to duplicate that approach.

Since then, the program has shifted gears to equip land managers with the knowledge and tools they need to create their own program. Their website now offers step by step instructions for creating a conflict reduction program. It also has a page identifying best practices for such a program, what works and what doesn't work. Their organization, The Trail Partners Foundations, is now a 501(c)3.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify "Best Practices" we and our affiliates have developed.
    • People don't know what they don't know - Trail Quiz engages people.
    • All Trail User groups have safety and resource protection in common.
    • People learn best from their own stakeholder group.
    • Talking humanizes encounters and improves safety.
    • Safety is both real (injury free) and perceived (lack of anxiety).
  • Analyze the science of behavior change.
    • Best approach for behavior modification – Education
  • Identify the primary result of conflicts – displacement- which is the opposite of inclusion. Conflict also generates hostility and with that, a lack of respect for the environment.
  • Learn about the tools we've developed to engage people, Outposts, the Trail Quiz and the Tails & Tires Workshop for Mountain Bike racing teams. Free access to all tools and graphics is provided.


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

Webinar Resources

  • Slow and Say Hello (video)
  • Horse Therapy (video)
  • Tails and Tires (video)
  • Trail Partners Foundation on Facebook

    Webinar Partners


    Curt Kruger, President, Trail Partners Foundation
    Auburn, California

    Cofounder and President of Trail Partners Foundation, former Director of Marin Horse Council. 30 years field marketing positions with national corporations dealing with environmental products. MBA - UC Berkeley, BS Mechanical Engineering - Worcester Poly Inst. Married with two adult children and two grandchildren currently living near Auburn in California's Gold Country.


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