Solutions for Managing Conflict on Shared-Use Trails

Continuing the conversation from the 2019 International Trails Symposium (ITS) and Training Institute and our TRAILSLead™ Multi-use Trails and Conflict Forum, this webinar will build upon the concepts brought up during the panel discussion.

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February 20, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

This webinar is free to the public, thanks to a generous sponsorship from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and the Federal Highway Administration.

Attending this webinar would will be valuable to those who did and did not attend ITS and this particular forum. This webinar will include a panel of leaders in the outdoor industry from a variety of trail types, and will be moderated by Karen Umphress with UP! Outside.

Let’s face it. Motorized, equestrian, biking, and hiking users do not always get along. The truth is, different user types often need different amenities, but we all have far more in common than not. When conflicts inevitably arise, what do we do? This webinar will continue the conversation from our 2019 International Trails Symposium and Training Institute that was held in April 2019 and dive into the issues around multi-use conflicts by first understanding the needs of the different user groups, and then exploring best practices for meeting those needs through innovative planning and design techniques.

The TRAILSLead™ Forums bring together thought leaders from across the trails industry to discuss some of today’s hottest trail topics. This moderated panel discussion will encourage significant audience questions and interaction as the primary mechanism for discussing these important issues. Invited panelists will respond to questions and encourage further discussion in the hopes of developing tangible policy guidance or best-practice takeaways on the subject being discussed.

This webinar applies to all surface types. However, not all of the trails and experts use all surface types (equestrians, mountain bikes, and OHV generally use paved trails only for connections), so while the webinar might lean a bit towards natural surface trails, any principal that comes up would apply to any type of surface.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn of the most innovative approaches to dealing with trail conflicts and multi-use systems in the trails community and identify the most pressing needs with experts from around the world.
  • Discuss opportunities in a moderated group setting designed to connect the experiences of a diverse audience with trail opportunities in the coming years.
  • Develop a draft set of policy and fiscal guidance that can be distributed and used by practitioners throughout the world to better understand and implement best management practices on trails in their communities.

Questions from the Webinar

Download a Word document of questions and answers from the webinar.

Related Article

The concepts covered in this webinar are outlined in the following synopsis article post ITS 2019.


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


Webinar Partners


Danielle Fowles-McNiven, Assistant Director, Tread Lightly!, Inc.
West Jordan, UT

Experienced education and training manager with demonstrated success in managing a federal grant in the outdoor recreation industry focusing on environmental ethics education and stewardship projects. Skilled in budget development, grassroots organizing, public speaking and project management. Strong interpersonal communication skills. Graduated from University of Utah. LEAN SIX SIGMA for Service Green Belt candidate.


Michelle “Chelle” Grald, Director of Communications, Horse Farms Forever, Inc.

Chelle is currently the Director of Communications with Horse Farms Forever and is the former Manager of Trails and Landowner Relations for Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) out of Woodstock, VT). She is a communications professional, equestrian trails expert and lifelong equestrian, is the Director of Communications for Horse Farms Forever (HFF) based in Ocala, Florida. HFF is a small nonprofit organization centered on preserving the equine culture and character that makes that region the Horse Capital of the World.

Chelle most recently spent six years working for the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) managing their trails and landowner relations. GMHA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Vermont, is dedicated to holding equestrian events, educating equestrians of all ages, and preserving trails and open space. Founded in 1926, GMHA is the nation’s oldest continuously operating horse organization. In addition to offering competitive and recreational events which draw some of the best equestrians in the country, GMHA is also committed to education, offering a variety of clinics and camps for adults and young riders. With over 1500 members, GMHA is a vital community of equestrian enthusiasts and has also been instrumental over the years in developing and maintaining a network of miles of open trails, access to which is provided through the generosity of private owners. Chelle is an accomplished writer, author, and speaker on the topic of equestrian trails and open space.

Chelle also is the Trailmaster and Trails Advocate with the American Endurance Ride Conference


Steve Salisbury, Government Affairs Manager, American Motorcyclist Association

Steve Salisbury is the Washington, D.C.-based government affairs manager for the American Motorcyclist Association, focusing on off-highway issues. Steve is a lifelong motorcyclist and has been active as a hiker, mountain biker and skier. He holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management and an MBA from the University of Maine. He has written about access issues related to off-highway riding for enthusiast journals and has been a member of, or active in, a variety of related organizations, including Tread Lightly!, the Maine Governor’s ATV Task Force, Washington Area Trail Riders, the Maine Recreational Trails Program project selection committee, Downeast Sunrise Trail Coalition, Airline ATV Riders, New England Trail Riders Association and the Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan. He currently represents the AMA on the board of the Coalition for Recreational Trails.


Cam Lockwood, Trails Unlimited LLC

Cam is considered one of the “Old Ones.” He and his team of retired and current trail experts have decades of experience in “On the Ground” problem solving of difficult trail design, construction, maintenance, and reconstruction situations. Cam Lockwood is a founding member of the National Trail Training Partnership (NTTP). In addition, he is a Master Performer for trails and was a member of the US Forest Service National Core Team for Trails. Trails Unlimited has helped write the National Trail Contracts, Standards, and Drawings. We have also helped with the production of several trail program videos and “Tech Tips” Technical Papers. Trails Unlimited has developed a series of Training Modules with detailed manuals, exercises, and field applications.


Matthew Nelson, Executive Director, Arizona Trail Association
Tucson, Arizona

During his 11 years as the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association, Matthew has worked to strengthen relations between tribes throughout Arizona and the outdoor recreation community. His former position as NAGPRA Coordinator and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Bishop Paiute Tribe of California helped inform his understanding of traditional land management techniques and the cultural significance of long-distance trails. He believes that indigenous involvement in trails is vital to the overall health of individuals, communities, organizations, agencies and the land itself.


Rich Edwards, Director of Construction and Operations - Trail Solutions, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Richard has travelled the globe spreading the message of better trails and good stewardship. He has led trail projects, done assessments, and taught trail building clinics in 33 U.S. states and eight countries. Richard’s depth of experience includes teaching the latest in trail design, construction, and management practices. His expertise is in the creation of multi-use trail systems that accommodate a variety of trail users and skill levels. Richard presents on and often consults on the topic of sustainable, risk-managed trails. He has assisted numerous community trail planners and managers in developing interurban trail facilities.


Karen Umphress, Owner, UP! Outside
Jordan, MN

Karen Umphress has been active on trails her entire life, starting with hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing with her family. She then added Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation. For close to a decade, she was the IT and Project Manager for the NOHVCC. She and her husband have been the Government Relations Officers for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 23 (also known as the Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association) since 1999. Karen is a founding member of a local dirt bike club, the Twin Cities Trail Riders, and serves on 2 MN state motorized recreation coalitions, the Minnesota Motorized Trail Coalition and the Coalition for Recreational Trail Users. Karen is an Advisor for American Trails board after having been a member of the Board of Directors for over 10 years. She is also the Minnesota State Chapter Coordinator and a Congresswoman for the American Motorcyclist Association. Karen Umphress is a Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM). She created UP! Outside (UP) in October of 2017.


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