Sustainable Advantage: Outdoor Recreation and Rural Community Development in California

This webinar will summarize the main findings from multiple interviews on the dynamics with state and local stakeholders in government, business, and nonprofit who work in rural communities on outdoor recreation.

Presented by:

  • Aaron Wilcher, Independent Researcher
  • Fran Doherty, Independent Researcher

Event Details

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June 30, 2020

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)

Cost (RECORDING):

FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
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    Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
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    Webinar Outline


    The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

    The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

    About this webinar:

    Developing outdoor recreation projects promises tax revenue and job creation, among other benefits, for rural communities in California. However, community development dynamics run deeper than stand-alone initiatives. In addition, the political, social and economic dynamics of outdoor recreation are often not well understood within development professions, funding and regulatory agencies, or advocacy groups. The researchers conducted nearly 30 executive interviews to better understand these dynamics with state and local stakeholders in government, business, and nonprofit who work in rural communities on outdoor recreation and related issues in Northern California. The interviews sought to define outdoor recreation economies as well as discover the elements that influence community development, including local political context and culture, partnerships and initiatives, policy tools, and greater regional dynamics. The presenters will share a paper with session participants that summarizes the main findings and recommendations for further research, long-range strategy, and partnerships.


    CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

    Learning Objectives

    • Participants will learn about the economic, cultural, and political dynamics at play in developing a community influenced by outdoor recreation.
    • Participants will be invited to conceive of new policy tools and partnerships that use outdoor recreation as a development and planning framework.
    • Participants will hear about strategies to manage growth related to outdoor recreation activities and tourism in their rural communities.


    Presenters


    Aaron Wilcher, Independent Researcher

    Aaron Wilcher is a practicing workforce and community development professional. He was a competitive cycling athlete for 13 years, and now rides for fun. He also is an avid backcountry skier. He holds master’s degrees in city planning from UC Berkeley and American studies from Saint Louis University, and has taken courses in the Wilderness Education program at Lake Tahoe Community College and with the National Ski Patrol.

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    Fran Doherty, Independent Researcher

    Fran Doherty is a community development and real estate finance professional. She runs the west coast office for an investment management company. Outside of her professional endeavors, Fran is an avid mountain biker and helps run a 100 member competitive cycling club, Team Roaring Mouse. She also rock climbs and trail runs regularly. Fran holds a master’s degree in community planning with a specialization in real estate finance from the University of Maryland.

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    Webinar Resources

    Full paper

    Executive summary

    PowerPoint

    Project website
    https://www.recreationadvantage.com


    Closed Captioning

    We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

    Learning Credits and CEUs

    American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH)
    • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
    • CEU equivalency petition for other organizations (please inquire with American Trails)

    Learning credits are included in the registration fee, free for our sponsored webinars, or a $15 fee for nonmembers for our free webinars without a sponsor.

    Our typical 90-minute webinars earn the following credits: AICP (1.5 CM), LA CES (1.5 PDH), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10).


    Disclaimer

    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.


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