Trails Move People: Articulating the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of the Trails Community

Building Broad Support for Trails

In partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), American Trails and NOHVCC will discuss how trails, for too long, have been taken for granted and the true measure of their impact has not been calculated or shared.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

06:00 PM to 07:00 PM (Mountain Time)
07:00 PM to 08:00 PM (Central Time)
08:00 PM to 09:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
  • Note:

    Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
    Learning Credits
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    Webinar Outline

    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.

    In partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), American Trails and NOHVCC will discuss how trails, for too long, have been taken for granted and the true measure of their impact has not been calculated or shared.

    The Trails Move People (TMP) Coalition hopes to highlight these many tangible and less apparent benefits of trails. To do so, TMP brings together a diverse cross section of the organized trails community. It is made up of trail-oriented national non-profit organizations, member organizations and other organized trail advocates. TMP also recognizes the success of trails nationwide is contingent on the input and advice from land managers, industry representatives, state and local clubs and others.

    Join Mike Passo and Duane Taylor for a discussion of how we can all work to break down the silos within the trails community, and what we can do to build support for trails in unexpected areas and among unexpected constituencies. The reach of trails on American lives is vast, and TMP hopes to elevate the recognition of trails so that everyone irrespective of geography, mode of recreation, socio-economic status or experience will have access to more and better trail opportunities and in turn more fulfilling personal experiences.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify and realize the value of trails to outdoor recreation opportunities and the American experience as a whole.
    • Discuss 5 key ways that outdoor recreation professionals can partner with the trails industry to build success.
    • Discuss the efforts happening throughout the trails community to develop common messaging and effective outreach, and identify synergies with the same efforts happening throughout the outdoor recreation community.
    • Build upon joint efforts to develop funding opportunities and address research needs.


    Webinar Partners


    Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails
    Bellingham, WA

    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.


    Duane Taylor, Executive Director, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
    Great Falls, Montana

    Duane Taylor became the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council’s (NOHVCC) Executive Director in 2017. NOHVCC is a not-for-profit educational organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of OHVs, including ATVs, ROVs, dirt bikes and 4WD trucks. Using a network of State Partners, it develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools,” to OHV clubs, associations, agencies and individuals across the U.S. and Canada. Taylor has worked in the powersport industry since 2005. Prior to joining NOHVCC, Taylor was director of federal affairs for the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), and Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). His responsibilities included managing federal lobbying activities for the associations; developing and communicating industry policy positions to the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and partners; researching and commenting on legislation and regulatory actions that impact the powersports industry; and, creating and facilitating relationships with public and private sector partners that serve to advance industry goals. He is a life-long motorcyclist and is certified as an ATV Safety Institute (ASI) RiderCourse Instructor, and ROHVA DriverCoach.


    Webinar Resources

    National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

    American Trails

    Trails Move People (TMP) Coalition

    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/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

    Learning credits are free for American Trails webinars and are either free or a $15 fee for other conferences, webinars, or workshops.


    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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