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 to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern 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.

 


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Presenters


Robert (Bob) Searns, Owner, Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.
Denver, Colorado

Robert Searns has a four-decade history of visualizing, planning, and getting trails and greenway projects built. He was Project Director of Denver’s Platte River and Mary Carter Greenways—both national-award-wining projects. He helped plan the Grand Canyon National Park Greenway, played a key role on the Memphis Wolf River Greenway, and authored the Commerce City, CO Walk, Bike, Fit plan. He has written for Planning, Landscape Architecture, LA China, and American Trails Magazines and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Trails and Beyond Magazine. He chaired American Trails and was a founder of The World Trails Network as well as being a delegate to the America’s Great Outdoors White House conclave. His current book is Beyond Greenways: The Next Step For City Trails and Walking Routes, published in 2023 by Island Press. He resides, writes, hikes, and bikes near Denver, Colorado.

 

Chuck Flink, Owner, Greenways Inc.
Durham, NC

Chuck is an award winning author, planner and landscape architect who has completed work in 250 communities, in 37 states, and in 7 foreign countries. He is the recipient of four dozen national, regional and local awards. Some of his most notable projects include the Grand Forks Greenway Master Plan, North Dakota, Charleston County Greenbelt Program Master Plan, South Carolina, American Tobacco Trail Master Plan, North Carolina; the Miami River Greenway Master Plan, Florida; and the Grand Canyon Greenway, Arizona. Chuck is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, and coauthor of Greenways. A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, and Trails for the Twenty First Century. His most recent book is entitled “The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for A Sustainable Future” (University Press of Florida)

 

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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