Trails and Greenways: What’s Next?

This webinar covers the latest trends in the planning, promotion, and conservation of trail and greenway corridors.

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November 17, 2016

10:30 am (Pacific Time)

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If you are interested in the latest trends in the trails and greenways this Webinar is not to be missed! Since the popularisation of the trails and greenways movement four decades ago, the vision, mission and function has been evolving in multiple ways in the areas of recreation; urban shaping; conservation; economic development; and healing and health.

New challenges and opportunities are emerging including: how to promote broader, routine engagement in walking and other trails activities to promote fitness; how to pursue greater resiliency in the face of the impacts of climate change; and how to preserve and protect precious landscapes in the face of growing urbanization.

Given these considerations, this Webinar will take a look at what’s next.

Three seasoned experts will present three distinct but interrelated directions:
•	Laura Belleville (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) will speak about a new large landscape initiative for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This initiative expands on the permanently protected trail corridor to engage diverse partners and communities in conserving the natural resources and cultural heritage of the majestic Appalachian Mountains – protecting the recreation experience that calls visitors from busy eastern cities and beyond.
•	Chuck Flink (Greenways Icorporated) will talk about and green infrastructure resiliency and how greenways and trails corridors can help promote vital benefits in this crucial area.
•	Robert Searns (The Greenway Team) will moderate the panel and speak about “Frontcountryways” a new concept in readily accessible neighbourhood and city-edge corridors and why and how this can be the next logical step in the evolving urban greenways movement.

Three seasoned experts will present three distinct but interrelated directions:

• Laura Belleville (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) will speak about a new large landscape initiative for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This initiative expands on the permanently protected trail corridor to engage diverse partners and communities in conserving the natural resources and cultural heritage of the majestic Appalachian Mountains – protecting the recreation experience that calls visitors from busy eastern cities and beyond.

• Chuck Flink (Greenways Icorporated) will talk about and green infrastructure resiliency and how greenways and trails corridors can help promote vital benefits in this crucial area.

• Robert Searns (The Greenway Team) will moderate the panel and speak about “Frontcountryways” a new concept in readily accessible neighbourhood and city-edge corridors and why and how this can be the next logical step in the evolving urban greenways movement.

Presenters

Robert Searns, founding owner, Robert Searns & Associates

Bob Searns is the founding owner of The Greenway Team, a planning and development firm based in Denver, CO that has specialized for three decades in greenways, trails, and conservation. He was Project Director of Denver's Platte River Greenway, one of the nation's benchmark urban trail projects, and produced 10,000 Trees, an eight-mile river corridor restoration project involving 3,000 volunteers. He has authored a greenways and trails plan for the 43-square-mile area west of Denver International Airport, as well as trail and greenway projects across the nation including Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Louisville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Portland.

Bob was a development consultant for the Grand Canyon Greenway, a precedent-setting 72-mile system of multi-use trails along the canyon rim. Bob has conducted workshops throughout North America, China and Europe. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design, and Development (published in the U.S. and. China), Trails for the 21st Century, and contributed to Greenways, The Beginning of an International Movement. He has served as Chair of the American Trails Board of Directors and written numerous articles and editorials for theAmerican Trails Magazine.

Contact: robertsearns@gmail.com

 

Chuck Flink, President, Greenways Incorporated

Chuck Flink, FASLA, is President of Greenways Incorporated of Durham, North Carolina. Chuck is widely regarded as one of America's leading greenway planners, having completed comprehensive greenway, trail, and open space plans for more than 235 communities within 36 States. He has also been a consultant to clients in Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, and St. Croix, USVI. Chuck is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, and is the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Chuck coauthored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, in partnership with Bob Searns. This book received a 1994 Merit Award in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is cited by the American Planning Association as “the best single reference” on greenway development. Chuck also coauthored Trails for the Twenty First Century, also with Bob Searns. Both books have been translated into Chinese and are used as textbooks at Peking University in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Chuck graduated Cum Laude in 1982 from North Carolina State University's College of Design. He served three terms as Chair of the Board of American Trails, and five terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Contact: chuck.link@greenways.com

 

Laura Belleville, Senior Director of Conservation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Laura Belleville is Senior Director of Conservation, for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. As a conservation specialist with more than 25 years of experience including field research, resource management and conservation program development, she joined the Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff in 2005 and now serves as the Senior Director of Conservation. She currently leads a dynamic team of 25 staff in the Conservancy’s conservation department.

Laura and her team work with numerous volunteer and agency organizations on trail management, land acquisition, volunteer development, education and outreach, environmental monitoring, and advocacy. She has a passion for engaging local communities and volunteers in conservation projects. She has also worked with the National Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. She’s proud to work for a trail organization that aspires to implement the community building and conservation vision of Benton MacKaye, while protecting and promoting a premier hiking destination.

 

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