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CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Friday, Oct. 22
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! ~ see speaker bios

ACCESSIBILITY AND TRAILS OVERVIEW — PART B
Room: 5-A&B (NOTE: This session is a continuation of the 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. session)

This session addresses the various aspects of accessibility as it relates to trails: The legal background, the U.S. Access Board's effort, why the USDA Forest Service developed accessibility guidelines, how those guidelines function, and what's ahead for trail guidelines, including through the U.S. Access Board. Practical examples of how the accessibility guidelines are being applied to trails, while maintaining the natural setting of each hiker/pedestrian trail, will be shared through photos. Throughout the presentation discussion will be encouraged.

Speakers: Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, USDA Forest Service; Bill Botten, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESSFUL GREENWAY DEVELOPMENT IN COLORADO — A PANEL DISCUSSION (ROOM: 6-A)

Speakers will share experiences from both public and private perspectives relative to Greenway planning, design and construction in Colorado. They will present examples of regional Greenway development along the South Platte River and major tributaries, as well as "backyard" Greenways along minor tributary stream corridors that are readily accessible by residents and businesses. They will show how Greenway development during the past 25 years has helped to make trails part of the everyday life of residents in the Denver metro area.

Moderator: John M. Pflaum, P.E., ASCG Incorporated of Colorado

Speakers: Cindy Thrush, P.E., Project Engineer, Maintenance Program Urban Drainage & Flood Control District; H. William Woodcock, ASLA, Manager, Planning and Construction, South Suburban Park and Recreation District; Robert Searns, President, Urban Edges, Inc.

INCREASING THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BENEFITS OF TRAIL WALKING: THE LIFETRAIL (Room: 6-B)

The LifeTrail is a new concept designed to enhance the exercise value of trail walking for older adults (age 50 and over). Developed over a three year period by Dr. David Proctor, an exercise physiologist at Penn State and Dr. Geoffrey Godbey, a specialist in recreation and park management at Penn State, the LifeTrail has recently undergone prototype testing and is now being marketed by Playworld Systems, Inc. Promotional and programmed recreation activity have been designed for it. LifeTrail is the first product of its kind in the U.S.

Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Godbey, Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Penn State University

USDA FOREST SERVICE TRAILS TECHNOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND RESOURCES (Room: 7)

An overview of trails technology projects currently underway or recently completed at the Missoula, MT and San Dimas, CA Technology and Development Centers. Practical, technical information that will help trail workers, volunteers, and managers build high quality, sustainable trails. An introduction to each project with enough content to inform the audience and to whet their appetite to learn more, as well as how to access popular publications, videos, and websites.

Speakers: Brain Vachowski, Project Leader and Program Leader, Missoula Technology and Development Center; Mary Ann Davies, USDA Forest Service Project Leader

THE NRT PROGRAM: NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUR LOCAL TRAIL (Room: 8-A&B)

The National Recreation Trail (NRT) Program recognizes existing trails that connect people to local resources and improve their quality of life. This session will provide a brief history and overview of the NRT program, as well as highlight the growing benefits available to trail managers. Program benefits include promotion, technical assistance, networking and access to funding opportunities. More than 900 trails have already been designated on Federal, State, local and privately owned land throughout the country.

Speakers: Cherri Espersen, Outdoor Recreation Planner & NRT Program Coordinator, Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service; Stuart Macdonald, Website Manager & Newsletter Editor, American Trails

OLD TRINITY TRAIL — A PRIVATE/PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP TO REDEVELOP A MIXED-USE AREA (ROOM: 8-C)

Explore complex partnering between public, private, for- and non-profit sectors to create an urban trail system through an old industrial warehouse district near downtown Dallas. Stakeholders formed the Friends of the Old Trinity Trail and secured mixed-use zoning to spur redevelopment with access to existing regional commuter rail &endash; and two new light rail stations in 2010 &endash; that will serve the Hospital District, Dallas Market Center and the Trinity Greenbelt Park. Plans are to convert this original meandering Trinity River channel &endash; now a stormwater sump &endash; into a major greenbelt asset connecting to two nearby trails.

Moderator: Mike Preston, ASLA, Senior Urban Designer, Urban Design and Planning

Speakers: Mike Kutner, President, Friends of the Old Trinity Trail; Michael Hellmann, Senior Park Planner, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department; Bud Melton, Vice-President, Bowman-Melton Associates

FROM PAPER TO PADDLE: THE A-Z'S OF DEVELOPING BLUEWAY TRAILS (Room: 9-A)

The presenters will share two outstanding paddling trails that traverse the beautiful wild lands and waters of northwest Florida. They will describe the steps taken to create a coastal route along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida's Big Bend and a freshwater paddling trail system in the estuary of the Apalachicola River. Participants will gain practical information for planning, designing and implementing trails in remote areas, producing high quality maps and interpretive materials and engaging the public through effective outreach.

Speakers: Jerrie Lindsey, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Liz Sparks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Tom Matthews, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL — NOT JUST FOR THE KIDS (Room: 9-B)

Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) is a theme that is inspiring efforts across the country to promote the health and safety of children. Organizations at national, State and local levels are promoting SR2S practices and programs that increase the number of children who walk, skate, scooter and bike to school. Through its Washington Office and its five State Field Offices, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has been particularly active in developing and implementing SR2S programs. Join RTC for this session that will inform and encourage Symposium attendees to return home with the personal knowledge and enthusiasm to support SR2S in its many forms.

Speakers: Tom Sexton, Northeast Region Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Laura Cohen, California Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Ken Bryan, Florida Director, Rails-to-Trails; Nancy Krupiarz, Michigan Director, Rails-to-Trails; Rhonda L. Border-Boose, Ohio Director, Rails-to-Trails

TRAIL EPA — EVENTS, PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES (Room: 9-C)

As communities continue to add trails to their inventory of outdoor park facilities, the opportunity to program and use the trail in the same manner as other public recreational facilities is often overlooked. Typically we build the trail, but stop short after allowing for its routine self-programmed uses of recreation and exercise pursuits. This session reviews the opportunity to challenge recreation and trail program staff to consider a variety of creative special events and program activities beyond the obvious runs and walks. The presentation includes a review of trends effecting trail use and outdoor recreation activities. A variety of activities will be discussed that will attract new partnerships and trail support.

Speaker: Terry Whaley, Executive Director, Ozark Greenways, Inc.

HOW TO BUILD EFFECTIVE TRAILS SYNERGY THROUGH MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS (Room: 10-A)

The Presentation will be a panel of partners from varying backgrounds. The panel members will explore the approach of building effective partnering across multi-jurisdictional lines. Partnership Agencies will include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Antonio River Authority, National Parks Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Consultants. American Trails, Texas Trails Network, the City of Austin, and the National Parks service are partners in the promotion of trail development for a variety of reasons. The realization of larger regional trails connectivity hinges on the ability of entities to understand how to build effective partnering arrangements.

Moderator: Bill Nicholson, HNTB

Speakers: James Murphy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Dale Bransford, San Antonio River Authority; James Oliver, National Parks Service

TRAILS AS ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE (Room: 10-B)

Trails are a key component of the alternative transportation infrastructure in many communities. This session will take a look at successful commuting trails and the methods used to attract more bicycle commuters. The presenters will discuss attributes of successful urban trails and the importance of land use development as it relates to trip lengths for bicycling and walking. Potential funding sources for non-motorized transportation infrastructure, including implementation of a Transit Oriented Development Financial Incentive Program, will be also examined.

Speakers: Hugh Morris, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Felicia Leonard, City of Clearwater, FL.

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SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!