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The 16th National Trails Symposium: November 10-13, 2002 ~ Orlando, Florida
Programs and Symposium Highlights



Building Trails Public Awareness Event ~ 3:00 p.m. &endash; 6:30 p.m.

To provide the local community an opportunity to visit exhibitors and learn about the Symposium, the Exhibit Hall will be open to attendees, guests and local trail enthusiasts at no charge. The Opening Reception will start at 6:30 p.m. and a limited number of reception tickets are available for those not registered for the Symposium and may be purchased at the Symposium Trailhead for $20.

Welcoming You To The Path ~ Opening Reception ~ 6:30 p.m. &endash; 8:30 p.m.

Expect a warm welcome from Kay Lloyd, Chair of American Trails; Jena Brooks, Director of the Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Wendy Spencer, Director of Florida State Parks; and the Honorable Mayor Glenda E. Hood of the City of Orlando (invited) at the kick-off event for the 16th National Trails Symposium! Jim Wood, Special Projects Coordinator, Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will emcee tonight and at all Plenaries. Your hosts have some surprises in store for you, so be sure not to miss this event. And, this is an ideal time to see old friends and meet new ones and to check out the extensive Exhibit Hall.


Sponsored by American Honda Motor Company

American Trails ~ Making Trails Across America, Pam Gluck, Executive Director, American Trails Pam Gluck will give a brief overview of American Trails' projects and programs and explain how you can benefit from them. American Trails Board Election ~ Kay Lloyd, Chair, American Trails Commemoration of Veterans Day.


Trails Across Congress: Marianne Fowler, Vice President of Programs, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy & American Trails Board, and Derrick Crandall, Executive Director, American Recreation Coalition

Trails Across Florida: Denver Stutler, Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor's Office

Keynote: Trails Across History: A Celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Dr. and Brigadier General Hal Stearns, Lewis & Clark Foundation. Return to the past with Dr. Hal Stearns for a new appreciation of the courage, fortitude and inventiveness of one of the greatest adventures in the history of our country: the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Dr. Stearns, nationally recognized speaker and historian on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will take us back nearly 200 years to tell a story that will enrich our lives and inspire our work through a celebration of our past.


6:00 p.m.: Buses leave for party. Meet at the bus staging area in Parking Lot B. (Exit the doors located between the South Registration Desk and the Monterrey meeting rooms and continue down the sidewalk to Parking Lot B.)

6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Spend Monday night at Jahna Ranch, an 11,000-acre working ranch in Polk County. Interpreters will be on hand to lead you on a "walk back in time." Visit with Cracker Cowboys at their campsite. Spend some time with traveling botanist William Bartram in his 1774 period camp. You can also stop at a Seminole War Camp and learn about the Indian wars in Florida that were every bit as violent and longstanding as those in the west. Then go back in time to a prehistoric Timucuan village and see how Native Americans lived prior to the arrival of Europeans.

During your barbecue dinner enjoy the country/folk/bluegrass sound of the "Too Much Fun Band." Then listen to the patter of one of Florida's great auctioneers, Doyle Conner, Jr., who will auction off the wonderful items that have been donated for this event. Finally, gear up for an evening of dancing to the music of "The Repeatles," a great dance band featuring fun music from the 1970s and 80s. Buses will take you to and from the party site so get ready for fun in Old Florida. By the way, there is no extra charge for this event save for drinks and auction items.


Join Mark Fenton for an Early Riser Fitness Trail Walk Around Lago Dorado Time: 7:00 a.m.

About Mark: Mark Fenton is host of America's Walking series on PBS, author of The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness and Physical Activity Program Manager of the University of North Carolina's Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The former editor of WALKING Magazine, Mark was a member of the U.S. racewalking team and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials.

TUESDAY ¥ NOVEMBER 12 ~ JOINING PATHS WITH OUR FEDERAL LAND MANAGING PARTNERS ~ MORNING GENERAL SESSION (followed by Mobile Workshops) ~ Time: 8:00 a.m. &endash; 9:45 a.m.

Part I. Crossing the "American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey"

The American Frontiers Expedition was a ten-week odysseyÉ a journey, never before taken, along a route between Mexico and Canada &endash; entirely on America's public lands! Two teams headed out on July 31, one from the Mexican border, the other from the Canadian border, and hiked, biked, canoed, and rode horses and ATV's along an unbroken pathway through America's public lands. They discovered the past, learned more about the present, and pondered the future of our public lands. Follow their trip of discovery on this remarkable journey.


Part II. Joining Paths With Our Federal Land Managing Partners

The leaders of the USDA Forest Service, the US DOI Bureau of Land Management, the US DOI National Park Service, and the US DOT Federal Highway Administration will join us to explore their perspectives on our joint paths &endash; the establishment of a national system of trails. This should be a lively discussion among key players in the field of developing and managing trails.



The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of Greenways & Trails; Front Porch Communities; TEI Engineers and Planners; and American Trails are sponsoring a design contest featuring a trail project in the community of Goldsboro located in Sanford, Florida.

The purpose of the competition is to increase awareness and support for a Front Porch Community. The competition will allow professionals and students to exhibit their creativity and expertise and will leave a creative, positive and lasting reminder of the National Trails Symposium. The contest judges will include a panel of professional engineers and landscape architects, as well as representatives from the Goldsboro Front Porch Community, the City of Sanford, and DEP. First, second and third place winners will receive national and statewide exposure, a national award, and the potential to implement this and future design projects.

Schedule of Events

TUESDAY ¥ NOVEMBER 12 ~ TRAIL TOYS EQUIPMENT EXPO ~ 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Vendors will demonstrate equipment, tools and materials used in the construction, maintenance and signing of trails, as well as recreation equipment. Prior to the Trail Toys Equipment Expo, vendors will have had the opportunity to showcase their products in the Exhibit Hall (both indoor and outdoor) at the conference site, and to discuss their products with interested Symposium participants. The Equipment Expo is designed to move one step further and allow vendors to actually show Trail Toys at work! Exhibits will include trail building machines, GPS equipment, tools, soil surfacing materials, foundation systems, horse trailers, restrooms, bridges, and lots of things in between! Participants may also have an opportunity to "test" other items such as bicycles, ATV's and kayaks.


"The nation that finds unity in singing anthems in praise of its natural beauty is a nation where stewardship matters. The society that invests in conservation is a society that believes its future is secure."
--David B. Struhs, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection


The 2002 National Trails Symposium will honor outstanding efforts made by agencies, trail professionals, volunteers, the private sector, corporations, media, and others in tonight's awards program. In addition to announcing award winners, American Trails will highlight important trail milestones by recognizing organization anniversaries, such as, a decade of National Trails Days. The awards program this year will also pay tribute to the newly designated National Recreation Trails. And, the winners of American Trails' First Website Contest and the Goldsboro Trail Design Competition will be recognized. Congratulate the first graduates of the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) Master Trainers. Honor the exemplary people across the landscape of America whose efforts are helping to create a national system of trails.


Roger Bell, Chair-Elect, American Trails Board, will provide closing remarks.

Trails Across Time / Trails Across Challenge and Adversity Robert M. Searns, member of The GreenWay Team, founding owner of Urban Edges, Inc., and American Trails Board Member

In every crisis, there is both adversity and opportunity. As a nation, we have entered an era of challenge &emdash; an era in which we will all be tested. The challenges go beyond terrorism. There are climate issues, economic issues, health issues, social issues and, indeed, a crisis of values. Each of us will have a role to play. The role of greenway and trail advocates in navigating the coming turbulence will be an important one. We can help navigate what may be a very difficult gauntlet. We can leave a legacy. Leadership will be critical and there are models we can turn to and leaders who will inspire us.

Keynote Presentation: The Honorable Tom Murphy, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Mayor Tom Murphy is on the cutting edge when it comes to developing trails and greenways. The City of Pittsburgh is winning numerous national livability awards, and trails are a key element of the Mayor's revitalization plan. He is a risk-taker and a visionary. You will leave inspired to go back to your communities with a renewed sense of purpose and with an eye for new opportunities.


The Exhibit Hall will feature over 100 exhibitors representing trailrelated businesses, agencies, and organizations from all over the country. All exhibitors are also considered sponsors of the Symposium. This will be the largest trails exhibition ever! Visit the American Trails website: to see the current list of sponsors and exhibitors. To become an exhibitor, download the Symposium Sponsor/Exhibitor package off the American Trails website or contact the American Trails office at (530) 547-2060.


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's, Office of Greenways & Trails, in conjunction with Front Porch Communities and TEI Engineers and Planners, is sponsoring a design competition for a section of a paved recreational trail within the Goldsboro community in Sanford, Florida. The competition is open to all design professionals and students residing in the state of Florida. All submittals will be displayed at the National Trails Symposium, and the winner will receive a national award at the American Trails' awards ceremony. Please contact the Office of Greenways & Trails at (850) 488-3701 for a submittal package.


Thanks to our generous contributors, we have a great selection of auction items from which to choose. You won't want to miss out on these great items! Silent Auction bidding begins on Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m. The Live Auction will be held at the Florida Heritage Party on Monday, November 11.

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