Trails Are Rural Economic Drivers

This webinar will discuss many of the transformational results of a community investing fully in trails, give real-world examples of the benefits derived including and beyond tourism, and take a hard look at some of the pitfalls many communities experience in this transformational process of embracing trails

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February 22, 2024

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)

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FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE

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Webinar Outline


This webinar will discuss many of the transformational results of a community investing fully in trails, give real-world examples of the benefits derived including and beyond tourism, and take a hard look at some of the pitfalls many communities experience in this transformational process of embracing trails

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the growing role and for potential for trails and outdoor recreation to advance rural economic development.
  • Understand various ways, some often overlooked, that trails promote rural economic development, such as attracting and retaining highly skilled workers.
  • Discuss five methods or tips to advocate successfully for local trails.

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


Webinar Resources


  • Presenter Presentation (pdf)
  • Outdoor Alliance: The Economic Impact of Human Powered Recreation in Western North Carolina (pdf)
  • Capitalization of Our Climate: Attracting Highly Skilled Workers in Arizona’s Sun Corridor (pdf)
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    Presenter


    Luther Propst, Chair, Board of County Commissioners, Teton County, Wyoming
    Jackson, WY

    As a county commissioner in the outdoor recreation destination of Jackson, WY, and the founder of the Sonoran Institute in Arizona, Luther Propst has seen first-hand the good, the bad, and the ugly of how trails and outdoor recreation can transform small and rural communities. Elected as a county commissioner in 2018 and again in 2022 in Teton County, Wyoming, Luther has worked to advance conservation, develop and protect trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation, and help rural and mountain communities address growth-related challenges throughout the North American West for more than 35 years. In 1991, Luther established the Sonoran Institute and served as executive director until 2012. While leading the Sonoran Institute, he advanced effective community-based, collaborative, and innovative solutions for land, water, and energy use, focusing on conservation with a deep understanding of economic values and implications. During this time, Luther co-authored three books, including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. Luther serves on the board of the Outdoor Alliance, a national coalition of ten conservation groups working to protect America’s public lands and waters and the human-powered outdoor experience. He has also served on the board of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

     


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