Six Steps to Build a TrailNation™

This webinar will highlight the six actionable strategies for building trail networks, as noted in Rails to Trails Conservancy’s TrailNation™ Playbook.

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This webinar does not qualify for LA CES learning credits.

Event Details

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March 28, 2024

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

Trail networks have a proven transformative impact on America’s communities. When trails are connected, they create healthy, thriving communities by delivering economic opportunities, safe transportation options, environmental resiliency, and quality-of-life benefits for everyone. Rails to Trails Conservancy’s TrailNation™ Playbook offers practitioners the tools and resources to stimulate trail network development nationwide. This session will highlight the six actionable strategies for building trail networks that are especially relevant to Main Street programs, as told by the practitioners themselves. We will be joined by leaders who have seen the impact power of trail networks in their own Main Street communities and share their success stories. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge and know-how to access the benefits of creating safe, accessible, and connected places for their communities to walk and bike.

This webinar does not qualify for LA CES learning credits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain tools and understanding of strategies essential to the success of developing trail networks
  • Participants will learn how to use quantitative data, spatial mapping, and robust engagement plans to help communities build political will and prioritize public investment for infrastructure
  • This session will generate ideas for inspiring community on trails through inclusive trail practices in participant’s communities.

Webinar Resources

  • Rails to Trails Conservancy TrailNation Initiatives
  • Learn more about Rails to Trails Conservancy’s work
  • TrailNation™ Playbook
  • Trail-Building Toolbox

    Federal Funding Resources

  • TrailNation™ website
  • TrailNation™ Projects
  • RTC’s Interactive Trail Networks map
  • TrailNation™ Infographic
  • TrailNation™ Playbook
  • Current funding opportunities
  • TrailNation™ Collaborative
  • TrailNation™ Collaborative sign up
  • CTC Cost Estimator Tool

    Webinar Partners


    Mary Ellen Koontz, TrailNation™ Collaborative Lead, Rails to Trails Conservancy
    Washington, DC – Baltimore Area

    Mary Ellen oversees RTC's TrailNation Collaborative, a multidisciplinary peer-learning network to establish and accelerate regional trail and active transportation networks. To do so, she works across a matrixed team to build processes and strategies in support of our organizational goals.


    Yvonne Mwangi, Trail Resources and Planning Manager, Rails to Trails Conservancy
    Washington, DC

    With an in-depth understanding of trail-related issues, Yvonne Mwangi provides up-to-date knowledge, tools, data and connections to empower communities to advance their trails and active transportation projects. She is responsible for the robust delivery of all levels of RTC’s growing trail development technical assistance including development of web-based resources, managing RTC’s email and phone-based (“quick assist”) technical assistance services, supporting the Trail Development team in technical assistance and planning tasks for RTC’s TrailNation projects, and providing RTC’s legal program research and monitoring assistance through our extensive trails database.


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