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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008

Trail Talk – Coffee & Pastries with an Expert

Early risers had the opportunity to do some networking with trail experts on Sunday, November 16 and Monday, November 17. We invited experts in various trail related areas to convene a topic table and facilitate an informal discussion/exchange of ideas during breakfast. The schedule is below, but if there is something that YOU would like to lead a discussion on, extra tables and table tents will be available so you can convene a group to discuss your favorite topic. Pastries, strong coffee, and tea will be available!

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Experts in various trail-related areas convened a topic table for breakfast

Sunday, November 16 - 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

  • Trails Research – What’s Out There, What Needs to Be Done: Roger Moore, Associate Professor, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, North Carolina State University
  • Managing Land and Water Trails for Conflicting Uses: Kevin Cheri, Superintendent, Buffalo National River
  • Trails Maintenance – You Built it, They Came, Now What: Jim Schneider, Assistant Director, Trails Manager, Greene County Parks
  • National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance; Partnerships That Work: Mark Weekley, NPS-RTCA Midwest Region Program Leader
  • Preventing Undesired Motorized Trail Use ~ Electronic and Mechanical Trail Gate Barriers: Peter Axelson, Founder and Director of Research and Development, Beneficial Designs, Inc.; Barton Cline, Electronics Technician, Beneficial Designs, Inc.
  • Rail-Trails: Jeff Ciabotti, Vice President of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • USDA Forest Service – New Bridge Specifications: Cam Lockwood, Enterprise Team Leader, Trails Unlimited, an Enterprise Group of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Safe Routes to School: Bill Bastress, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
  • Creative Funding: Terry Whaley, Executive Director, Ozark Greenways

Monday, November 17 - 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

  •  Motorized Trails: Karen Umphress, Project Coordinator, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
  • Trails and Tourism: President/CEO, Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Creating an Assessment Process for Developed Outdoor Recreation Facilities: Peter Axelson, Director of Research and Development, Beneficial Designs, Inc.; Jeremy Vlcan, Trails Project Assistant Coordinator, Beneficial Designs, Inc.
  • Saving Resources: Recycling and Bio Solutions for Trails: John Hohol, National Market Manager- Recreation, Rhino Marking and Protection Systems; Jim Schneider, Assistant Director, Trails Manager, Greene County Parks
  • The Law and Opinions: Recreation Limited Liability Law and Private Landowners: Fran Wallas, Tennessee State Parks
  • Accessible Trail Evaluations on Duluth, Minnesota Trails: Dwight Morrison and Randall Vogt, Co-Chairs, Wheels on Trails Organization
  • Designing Trails with Art and History: Charlie Tracy, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance
  • A Decade for the National Trails – Challenges, Opportunities and Goals: Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System
  • The Impact of Trail Events: Betsy Edmond, Assistant Director for Membership, Friends of the Katy Trail, TX

General sessions
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Mobile workshops
Concurrent session
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Quad Cities 2006
Austin 2004
Chattanooga 2010

2006 Awards
2008 Awards

The "Medical Mile" project

Art and Health on the Medical Mile

More photos: Cool Trail Solutions

The "Big Dam Bridge" project

Little Rock's Arkansas River Trail

Arkansas conquers a trails funding crisis

Little Rock Parks & Recreation

The Mississippi River Trail

Arkansas Trails page

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Ouachita National Forest

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