Trails are Common Ground

National Campaign to Reduce Conflict, Promote Respect, and Increase Diversity on Our Trails

This webinar will dive into the goals and future of this new national initiative, invite broad participation, and identify how you and your organizations/agencies can build the momentum.

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September 09, 2021

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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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.


Webinar Outline

Conflicts among trail users are rising which threatens trail experiences and access. The emerging Trails Are Common Ground initiative addresses user mindset and behavior and will address how trails are designed and managed for the future. The desired outcome is the initiation that builds momentum leading to wonderfully positive and enjoyable trail experiences for all. This national awareness campaign elevates the importance of responsible use and amplifies existing and emerging user-specific and regional campaigns to reach all trail users. It unifies the voices and knowledge of key users, advocacy organizations, and those capable of reaching current, new, and future users that no voice or organization can accomplish alone. This webinar will dive into the goals and future of this new national initiative, invite broad participation, and identify how you and your organizations/agencies can build the momentum.

Following the presentation, the panelist will respond to questions from webinar participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Trails Are Common Ground initiative's goals and timeline.
  • Discover how individuals, organizations, and agencies can participate in spreading the word and amplifying the messaging in order to change behaviors on our trails.
  • Understand how future phases of this initiative can help to develop and organize future trail planning and design efforts that mitigate the trends of increasing user conflict for all trail user types (equestrian, pedestrian, biking, adaptive, motorized, etc.).


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

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Webinar Partners


David Wiens, Executive Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Gunnison, Colorado

Dave has been mountain biking since the mid-1980s and has ridden and raced his bike on trails all over the world. He has been involved in trail advocacy for more than thirty years and was the founder and executive director of Gunnison Trails, the trail advocacy organization in the Gunnison, Colorado area. A member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Dave created the Mountain Sports program at Western Colorado University. He joined the IMBA board of directors in 2016 and was named IMBA’s executive director in spring 2017. In addition to riding bicycles, Dave and his wife Susan are also avid hikers and enjoy backpacking at least once per year.


Randy Rasmussen, Director of Public Lands and Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America
Corvallis, Oregon

Since 2012, Randy has represented Back Country Horsemen of America—a widely respected national, non-profit volunteer service organization, He assists BCHA’s 32 state organizations to advance policy initiatives and strengthen partnerships to ensure that current and future generations will continue to enjoy access to back country and Wilderness experiences. Prior to joining BCHA, Randy was senior policy manager for the American Hiking Society and worked for other national, non-profit organizations. He was a founding board member of Trailkeepers of Oregon, a volunteer trail maintenance organization. Randy earned a Masters of Science degree in Natural Resources, Recreation & Tourism at Colorado State University with an emphasis in public lands and wilderness management.


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.


Jaime Loucky, Chief Impact Officer, Washington Trails Association
Bellingham, Washington

Growing up in Bellingham, with the North Cascades practically in his backyard, Jaime developed a lifelong passion for hiking, backpacking and spending time surrounded by trees and mountains. That passion followed him as he traveled to the East Coast and abroad, and ultimately to NYC, where he learned to appreciate the urban green spaces of Prospect and Central Parks. Jaime eventually moved back to the Pacific Northwest, but not before buying a campervan and taking a year-long road trip with his wife, visiting 47 National Parks and Forests in the process. He comes to WTA with extensive experience in strategic planning and organizational development, and an ever-growing list of favorite hikes, hot springs, and hidden boondocking spots.


Nancy Hobbs, Founder and Executive Director, American Trail Running Association
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nancy Hobbs has been running trails and directing running events since the mid-80s and her articles and photographs about the sport have been published in magazines including Runner's World, Running Times, Trail Runner, and Ultrarunning magazine. Along with Adam W. Chase, Hobbs is the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, Best Trail Runs: Seattle; Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs; Best Trail Runs: Portland; Best Trail Runs: San Francisco. She is the founder and executive director of the American Trail Running Association, a council member of the World Mountain Running Association, and chairperson of the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council. She was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO, but travels extensively nationally and worldwide to support and promote trail and mountain running.


Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails
Marshfield, Wisconsin

Mike Passo is the Executive Director of American Trails. Mike has also served as the Executive Director of the Professional Trailbuilders Association and the owner and operator of a sea kayak outfitter called Elakah Expeditions. Mike has led groups of all backgrounds, ages and abilities on sea kayak expeditions in the San Juan Islands of Washington, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Mike has conducted an extensive study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of construction according to proposed Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and a Congressional study on improving access to outdoor recreational activities on federal land. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, including three years’ coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has presented on Universal Design and Programming at several national conferences and served on the Board of Directors of American Trails since 2000. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia has given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment that does not ruin the characteristics and value of that environment.


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