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Trail training, workshops, and conferences for trail building, planning, management, land protection, organization development, motorized recreation, wilderness, leadership, tools, GIS data, parks, bike/ped facilities, nonmotorized transportation, funding, and stewardship:

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Past events from July 2014

July 2, 2014 — Webinar: Accessibility and Protected (Green) Lanes

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
  • This webinar examines how some cities address the challenge of designing protected bike lanes (green lanes) that meet the accessibility guidelines for people with physical disabilities. The session includes a discussion of the current guidance related to accessibility and protected lanes; examples include solutions to help pedestrians with visual impairments navigate raised cycle tracks, getting paratransit vehicles to the curb, bus islands, detectable warnings, and more. This webinar is sponsored by People Powered Movement and APBP.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/GLP_070214

July 3, 2014 — Webinar: Organizational Models for Public Involvement

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Creating Great Communities through Public Involvement will explain why public involvement is necessary, identify the types of public involvement, and review organizational models and opportunities for public involvement. Attendees will learn specific institutional changes they can make to better involve the public in all projects and programs, thereby creating better communities for walking and bicycling. Presented by Peter Lagerwey, Seattle Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/918249618

July 9-13, 2014 — Ice Age Trail University

  • Merrill, WI
  • Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Positive Change! Ever wonder why a drainage structure is built where it is? Or how to craft a sustainable rock wall or feed 100 hungry trail builders? These topics and more will be offered this year at IAT-U.
  • Info: http://mobileskills.iceagetrail.org/event-registration

July 10-13, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Winona, MN
  • Hosted by: Winona Area Mountain Bikers. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=411&reset=1

July 10, 2014 —Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Advocacy Advance Workshops train citizens on getting their communities to unlock federal dollars for biking & walking. During these workshops, we'll look at where dollars are tied up at the state, regional and local level-- and how those dollars can support better infrastructure and programs. With a focus on the current transportation bill, Navigating MAP-21 Workshop participants will learn how to maximize funding in the Transportation Alternatives Program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings/registration/chattanooga-tn

July 15, 2014 — CA Council of Land Trusts: California Mitigation Summit

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • The conference offers unequaled access to, and rich content for, public agencies, project proponents, land trusts, and environmental consultants. Keynote speakers from California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bureau of Land Management and federal agency directors and experts in the field of mitigation will provide thought-provoking panel discussions, including new approaches for mitigation work in California.
  • Info: http://www.calandtrusts.org

July 15, 2014 — Webinar: State Funding Sources for Walking and Biking Projects

  • Online Webinar: 2-3:00 pm ET
  • As the federal funding landscape changes for active transportation funding, more and more states are turning to local public revenue sources to raise the local match or fully fund bicycling and walking projects. Join this webinar to hear about the revenue sources that states are using to fund active transportation projects, and how advocates are working with State Legislatures to pass statutes that ensure bicycling and walking projects have access to dedicated state funds. 
  • Info: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/458855440 

July 16, 2014 — Webinar: From Fast to Safer: Best Practices Where Road Speeds Change

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/2014_12webinars

July 17, 2014 — Webinar: Urban Trails in Difficult Places

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails presents this webinar on solving problems in the most challenging urban trail situations. How do you design and build urban greenways through narrow corridors threaded with utilities, flowing streams, drainage structures, bridges. You'll learn from a variety of completed projects involving creative partnerships, as well as engineering solutions including walls, cantilevers, floodways, and other structures. Presenters are Bob Searns, The Greenway Team; Chuck Flink, FASLA; and Bill Nuemann, DHM Design.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/nttp/webinars-american-trails.html

July 17-20, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Brookings, SD
  • Hosted by: Brookings Mountain Bike Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=435&reset=1

July 19-20, 2014 — Crew Leader Training

  • Aspen, CO
  • Hosted by: Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Crew Leader training consists of two full-day sessions where trainees are introduced to RFOV's mission and how projects are run, followed by instruction on leadership basics, trail construction and maintenance techniques. Training is free to those who pledge to lead an RFOV volunteer crew on at least two projects during 2014. For participants who will not be volunteering with RFOV after training, there is a $100 fee to help cover the cost of the training manual, snacks and dinner on Saturday.
  • Info: http://rfov.org/programs-events/training/

July 20-21, 2014 — Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices

  • Golden, CO
  • The American Alpine Club is hosting a summit of land managers, climbers, planners and scientists representing the world’s mountainous regions. The conference focus is to shape and share environmentally sustainable solutions in mountain areas along with developing global partnerships.
  • Info: http://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/sustainable_summits

July 27-31, 2014 — Comprehensive Bicycle Design and Engineering 1.0

  • Portland, OR
  • This course will cover the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience. It will bring you up to speed on the cutting edge in practice and research and offer valuable skills for your professional life. Instructors will integrate transit access and connections, bridges, trail crossings, and other special features into discussions, while using project examples to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Effective education and encouragement programs, including public involvement strategies, will also be discussed.
  • Info: http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/comprehensive-bicycle-design-engineering-10

July 31-August 3, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Winter Park, CO
  • Hosted by: Headwaters Trails Alliance. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=417&reset=1

July 31-August 3, 2014 — Outdoor Retailers

  • Salt Lake City

Past events from June 2014

June 6, 2014 —Wigwam Drainage Structure Maintenance and Installation Skills Training

  • Bailey, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado with U.S. Forest Service South Platte Ranger District. The erosive force of water is usually the most destructive element acting upon a trail. Diverting surface water off the trail is part of an effective maintenance program. Learn how to construct and maintain various types of drainage structures using rock and natural surface materials.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/wigwam-drainage-structure-maintenance-and-installation-skills-training

June 7, 2014 — National Trails Day

  • On trails everywhere!
  • American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is the country’s largest celebration of trails. National Trails Day events include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
  • Info: http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/

June 8-12, 2014 — 51st International Making Cities Livable Conference

  • Portland, OR
  • We have made great strides in combatting obesity by improving the walkability of our cities and suburbs, but there is still much to be done. At this conference, we will examine the best and most cost effective strategies and design solutions to improve health and well-being for all.
  • Info: http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/51st-imcl-conference

June 11, 2014 — Webinar: Treated Wood Risk Assessment

June 11-15, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Munising, MI
  • Hosted by: Munising Bay Trail Network. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=403&reset=1

June 12, 2014 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Carrboro, NC
  • Hosted by: Advocacy Advance, Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, Town of Carrboro. Advocacy Advance Workshops train citizens on how to maximize funding in the Transportation Alternatives Program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels. With a focus on the current transportation bill, we'll look at where dollars are tied up at the state, regional and local level -- and how those dollars can support better infrastructure and programs.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings/registration/carrboro-nc-durham-region

June 13, 2014 — Fifth Annual Iowa Trails Summit

  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Trails and community development experts will share ideas and innovations designed to influence the future of trails, outdoor recreation, and economic development in Iowa. More than 20 scheduled speakers represent a diversity of trail users. This year’s event promises to provide the most power-packed group of experts on Iowa trails development; innovators and innovations that can change the future; and ideas for building public engagement. Topics include climate change and the wonders of a child’s adventurous mind. There will be special presentations on new trails attractions from all corners of Iowa.
  • Info: http://iowatrailssummit.org/2014-summit/

June 16-18, 2014 — The Doable City Forum

  • Chicago, IL
  • Hosted by: 8-80 Cities. In the Doable City, we see how practical, sometimes simple, changes can make big differences. How identifying the real problem, can alter how we plan for our cities. How enhancing parks & public spaces can increase citizen happiness, how bikeability really can decrease congestion, and how improving the walkability in our communities can help to make our children feel safe and provide opportunities for life-long mobility and health... And how, if we look at what we’re doing right now, and seek to recognize these issues, we can optimize our opportunities and help our cities thrive.
  • Info: see website

June 17, 2014 — Webinar: Funding Innovative Facilities

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Advocacy Advance. City officials and advocates are eager to build new separated bicycling facilities and other innovative projects, but it is a challenge to pay for them. This Advocacy Advance webinar will share examples of how real cities are paying for real projects, including local, state, and federal sources.
  • Info: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/900941072

June 18, 2014 — Webinar: Calming Arterial Streets for Safer Walking and Cycling

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/2014_12webinars

June 19, 2014 — Webinar: Separated Bikeways: The New Norm in Bicycle Facilities

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Institute of Traffic Engineers. Users are recognizing the host of safety benefits and greater comfort level generated from the increased separation from automobile traffic and enhanced intersection treatments. Agencies throughout the country are using the design guidance recently issued within the National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Bikeway Design Manual. The primary goals of this webinar are to familiarize transportation engineers/planners with the newest innovations in the planning, design, and maintenance of these separated bikeways. The course will discuss recent developments in available design guidance and considerations when designing these facilities.
  • Info: http://www.ite.org/education/webinars_bikeways.asp

June 19-22, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Kewaunee, WI
  • Hosted by: North East Wisconsin Trails. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=406&reset=1

June 20-22, 2014 — Crosscut Saw Skills Training and Certification Workshop

  • Front Range CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. The focus of the training will be on sawing safety, basic bucking and limbing, felling principles and techniques, an overview of the tools of the trade (crosscuts, axes, plumb-bobs, wedges, etc.), tool care and maintenance, hazard analysis and situational awareness, and safety. Certification will basically be a recommendation that must be approved by each local agency or land manager where work with saws will be performed. In Forest Service language, we will be focusing on training and certifying sawyers at the "A" and "B" Sawyer level for bucking, and limbing activities. Felling techniques will be covered in the classroom session, but because the emphasis is on clearing trails, felling with a crosscut will be limited.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/crosscut-saw-skills-training-and-certification-workshop-4

June 21, 2014 — Basic Trail Construction Skills

  • Genesee, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. A firm grasp of basic trail construction is the gateway in understanding more technical trail concepts such as trail design, drainage structures and trail closure. OSI instructors will walk registrants through our 6 step method of building new trail. More importantly our instructors will breakdown how each step aids in the overall sustainability of the trail being constructed.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/genesee-basic-trail-construction-skills-training

June 25-26, 2014 — Sustainable Trails for All Conference

  • Greenfield, NH
  • This two-day, in-depth, field-oriented conference will provide you with information on the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, assessment for trail accessibility and teach techniques and hands-on skills for planning and constructing trails which meet these new guidelines. Completion of this conference makes you eligible to attend the Trail Construction for Universal Access Workshop, which will be held on the two days immediately following this course. Presenters: Peter Jensen, Master Planner/Builder and member Professional Trailbuilders Association; and Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager with the USDA Forest Service
  • Info: Deb DeCicco at (603) 547-1475 or sustainabletrailsworkshops@gmail.com

June 27-28, 2014 — Trail Construction for Universal Access Workshop

  • Greenfield, NH
  • Help design and build a new section of Crotched Mountain’s award-winning accessible trails and get hands-on experience with the tools, equipment and materials used in the construction of these types of trails. This workshop is open to students who have completed Peter Jensen’s Sustainable Trails for All Conference. This Trail Construction workshop will focus on building a new trail section that connects an existing trail to a parking area. Construction will entail use of a mini excavator to rough out the trail treadway, a machine for hauling surfacing materials, a plate compactor for surface material compaction and hand tools for grading and finishing the treadway, as well as the sides of the trail. In addition, it will be likely that stone retaining will be necessary and this will be done by both machine and hand. Each participant will have an opportunity to use the various types of equipment.
  • Info: Deb DeCicco at (603) 547-1475 or sustainabletrailsworkshops@gmail.com

Past events from May 2014

May 1, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Slatyfork, WV
  • Hosted by: Pocahontas Trails. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=382&reset=1

May 1, 2014 — Vermont Trails and Greenways Council Annual Meeting

  • Seyon Ranch, VT
  • You are invited to our annual meeting at Seyon Ranch Thursday May 1. We will start at 9 am and finish business in time for lunch at 12:30. Our agenda will include the following: Introductions; Roundtable of achievements and challenges of the past year; Vermont Trail System; Websites near (ours) and wide (trailhub); Forest Fragmentation; Liability
  • Info: Dave Hardy - Director of Trail Programs -dhardy@greenmountainclub.org

May 1, 2014 — Question and Answer Session: Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards

  • Online Webinar
  • This is an opportunity to ask additional questions on the conditions for exception for trails and other elements, the scoping provisions for picnic facilities, or any other scoping or technical provision contained in this rule. Jim Raggio, General Counsel for the Access Board, will review application issues related to covered Federal facilities and respond to questions. Advance questions are encouraged, but will be limited to the first 30 to provide an opportunity for questions during the live session.
  • Info: https://secure71.inmotionhosting.com/~access20/Login/

May 2-4, 2014 — Crosscut Saw Skills Training and Certification Workshop

  • Del Norte, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. The focus of the training will be on sawing safety, basic bucking and limbing, felling principles and techniques, an overview of the tools of the trade (crosscuts, axes, plumb-bobs, wedges, etc.), tool care and maintenance, hazard analysis and situational awareness, and did we mention safety (lots on sawing safety).
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/crosscut-saw-skills-training-and-certification-workshop-3

May 3-4, 2014 — Crew Leader Training

  • Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Hosted by: Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Crew Leader training consists of two full-day sessions where trainees are introduced to RFOV's mission and how projects are run, followed by instruction on leadership basics, trail construction and maintenance techniques. Training is free to those who pledge to lead an RFOV volunteer crew on at least two projects during 2014. For participants who will not be volunteering with RFOV after training, there is a $100 fee to help cover the cost of the training manual, snacks and dinner on Saturday.
  • Info: http://rfov.org/programs-events/training/

May 5-8, 2014 — GIS for Transportation Symposium

  • Burlington, VT
  • The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. The Symposium annually attracts over 400 Symposium registrants in addition to the 50 exhibitors in the technology hall.
  • Info: http://www.gis-t.org/index.php 

May 6, 2014 —Webinar: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Existing Public Works Projects

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern
  • This webcast will share lessons learned from both municipal and county officials experienced in the art of coordinating green infrastructure improvements with scheduled street improvements, parks improvements and projects on public sites. Integrating green infrastructure into existing public works projects and Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs) can help different government departments identify the most impactful and cost effective opportunities for green practices.
  • Info: https://www.fedcenter.gov/Events/index.cfm?id=25655

May 7, 2014 —Bike to School Day

  • Communities across America!
  • Register your event and learn how to plan a Bike to School Day even. Jtoin tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials, and many other supporters for the third annual Bike to School Day on May 7, 2014.
  • Info: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

May 10, 2014 — Post Fire Restoration Skills Training

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Due to recent large scale wildfires the demand for skilled post fire restoration volunteers has increased dramatically. Join the Outdoor Stewardship Institute, Coalition for the Upper South Platte and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute for our premier post fire restoration skills training. These 3 partners will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to what promises to be a terrific experience.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/post-fire-restoration-skills-training

May 10-11, 2014 — Elements of Trail Design and Rock Skills

  • Del Norte, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) will present an exciting training program for entry level trail design and rock work skills. Participants will be introduced to fundamental concepts for both skills in a classroom setting on the evening of the 16th. Individuals will then apply these concepts to the 2 day field portion of the training. The field work will take place at the new Stoner Quarry trail system.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/del-norte-elements-trail-design-and-rock-skillstraining

May 13, 2014 — Crew Chef Webinar Training

  • Online Webinar: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm Mtn time
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is hosting an introductory crew chef training for people interested in cooking for volunteers in some of the most spectacular places in Colorado. This training is for new AND current crew leaders. This will be VOCs first training via webinar and will cover safe food handling and preparation practices; how to manage a team of volunteer crew chefs; how to plan simple menus for large and small groups; and how to manage the budget and donated items.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/crew-chef-webinar-training

May 13-16, 2014 — 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

  • San Francisco, CA
  • This year we are seeking presentations from Professionals and Researchers that demonstrate how you are adapting and thriving in our new economic reality. Tell us about your innovative partnerships, success with diversifying funding sources, use of technology to streamline your processes, entrepreneurial solutions, adaptive reuse of aging facilities, how you are cultivating political and community support, and other case studies that present new ideas and tools to succeed in today’s economic reality. Sponsored by Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.recpro.org/2014-conference

May 14, 2014 — Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learning

  • Asheville, NC
  • The Natural Learning Initiative at College of Design, NC State University is offering a one-day symposium, Design for Early Childhood Health and Outdoor Learning, to early childhood professionals within and close to Buncombe and Haywood Counties. We will explore ideas on how to design, plan, and manage the outdoor environment for early childhood through plenary presentations and hands-on sessions.
  • Info: http://naturalearning.org/pod3-western-regional-sympoisum

May 14-16, 2014 — Tennessee Bike Summit

  • Nashville, TN
  • The Third Annual Tennessee Bike Summit brings together advocates, engineers, planners, and business owners to learn best practices for advancing cycling in our state.
  • Info: http://www.tnbikesummit.org/

May 14-16, 2014 — PedsCount! 2014 Summit

  • Sacramento, CA
  • California Walks presents cutting-edge research, best practices and innovations to advance walking in California. Come share your successes, challenges, and lessons learned with pedestrian safety and health professionals, researchers, community advocates, and walking enthusiasts from all over the state.
  • Info: http://californiawalks.org/newsletter-events/pedscount2014/

May 15, 2014 — Webinar: Integrating Habitat and Trails

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails presents this Webinar to help trail planners and builders balance the benefits of creating trails while conserving natural resources and wildlife habitat. Presenters are Robert Spurlock and Elaine Stewart, Metro parks agency, Portland, Oregon.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/nttp/webinars-american-trails.html

May 15-18, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Hosted by: Hoosier Mountain Bike Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=396&reset=1

May 16-17, 2014 — Chainsaw Training and Certification Workshop for Volunteers

  • Southwest CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. The focus of the training will be on sawing safety, basic bucking, limbing, and felling principles and techniques, overview of the tools of the trade, tool care and maintenance, hazard analysis and situational awareness. This MTDC course will evaluate up to a "sawyer B" this is not the same as a "B faller". A sawyer B certification will include complex binds and bucking scenarios usually associated with significant blowdown events, and limited falling. This certification allows sawyers to work without the supervision of an advanced sawyer but within the limits their own certification. A certification will still need to be in the presence of a "sawyer B" or higher.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/mtdc-chainsaw-training-and-certification-workshop-volunteers-0

May 17-18, 2014 — Crew Leadership for Trails Training

  • Salida, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a Crew Leader manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful crew leadership experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency trail maintenance or construction project! This workshop is best for individuals who have had experience working on trail projects or previous crew leadership experiences.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/salida-crew-leadership-trails-training

May 17-18, 2014 — Crew Leadership for Trails Training

  • Roxborough State Park, CO
  • Hosted by: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a Crew Leader manual , a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful crew leadership experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency trail maintenance or construction project! This workshop is best for individuals who have had experience working on trail projects or previous crew leadership experiences.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/roxborough-crew-leadership-trails-training

May 21, 2014 — Webinar: Best Planning and Engineering Practices for School Zones

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/2014_12webinars

May 22-25, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Springfield, IL
  • Hosted by: Central Illinois Trail Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=394&reset=1

May 29, 2014 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Hosted by: Advocacy Advance, Bicycle South Central PA, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Advocacy Advance Workshops train citizens on how to maximize funding in the Transportation Alternatives Program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels. With a focus on the current transportation bill, we'll look at where dollars are tied up at the state, regional and local level -- and how those dollars can support better infrastructure and programs.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings/registration/harrisburg-pa

May 29 - June 1, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Ithaca, NY
  • Hosted by: Cycle-CNY. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=395&reset=1

Past events from April 2014

April 1, 2014 — Webinar: Bicycling and Walking in TIGER 6 Applications

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
  • Learn how bicycling and walking can fit into your Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program application. TIGER applications are due April 28, 2014 by 5pm eastern.
  • Info: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/849950048

April 1-4, 2014 — American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention & Expo

  • St. Louis, MO
  • The AAHPERD National Convention & Expo is the only event of its kind! Join us at America's Center to experience educationally rewarding sessions, visit the trade show highlighting over 200 products and service providers, and forge new relationships with colleagues from across the country. This year's convention theme is "Gateway to Success."
  • Info: http://www.aahperd.org/whatwedo/convention/

April 3-6, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Hosted by: Susquehanna Area Mountain Biking Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=380&reset=1

April 4, 2014 — Webinar: Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis for a TIGER Discretionary Grant

  • Online Webinar: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
  • In anticipation of the opening of Grants.gov for the receipt of final applications, the U.S. Department of Transportation is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.
  • Info: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/outreach

April 4-5, 2014 — Instructor Training - Outdoor Stewardship Institute

  • Denver, CO
  • Become an instructor for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's Outdoor Stewardship Institute. This workshop teaches participants how to use the OSI curriculum and lesson plans to lead the OSI Crew Leadership for Trails workshop. All trainees will receive an instructor manual, copies of the Recommended Trail Terminology for Colorado, and other teaching tools. This workshop is recommended for individuals who have previously completed an OSI Crew Leadership for Trails workshop or are an experienced volunteers with significant leadership, land stewardship and teaching experience.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/osi-instructor-training-3

April 5-6, 2014 — SINGLE TRACK SUMMIT

  • Tempe, AZ
  • With optional trail ride on Sunday. Arizona State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program is excited to host this first ever event focused on bringing riders and land managers together to understand the unique trail requirements of motorcycle riders, building partnerships between rider groups and agencies, developing project proposals, and how to pay for all this work using YOUR OHV Fund. Everyone should leave this event with knowledge and contacts to help develop single track opportunities statewide.
  • Info: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5FCFFLJ

April 8-10, 2014 — California Trails & Greenways Conference

  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Nestled at the base of the majestic Mt. San Jacinto State Park, the Palm Springs area offers a wide variety of trail education opportunities and adventures for most all trail advocates. With assistance from land managing agencies, dedicated trail organizations and interest groups from the greater Palm Springs area, an exciting line-up of learning and networking opportunities; making this event a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, explore new solutions and partnerships, and learn from hundreds of experienced and dedicated trail professionals.
  • Info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24151

April 9, 2014 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Honolulu, HI
  • Hosted by: Hawaii Bicycling League and Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. Millions in potential federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects goes untapped every year. Cities and states are also stepping up their investment in biking and walking. To take biking and walking to the next level, advocates need to tools to unleash current and new sources of funding.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

April 9, 2014 — Colorado Mountain Bike Association’s annual meeting

  • Denver, CO
  • The Colorado Mountain Bike Association’s annual meeting is Wednesday, April 9th at the Buffalo Rose. We outgrew our previous venue, so come out and help us celebrate our 2013 accomplishments with an evening of camaraderie, free beer, door prizes, and a preview of the events currently planned for 2014!
  • Info: http://comba.org/projects/none/2014-annual-members-meeting

April 10, 2014 — Webinar: How States are Working with Communities for Friendlier Roads

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center webinar will explore some of the challenges states are facing, particularly in urban areas, in implementing Complete Streets policies and strategies they have used to overcome those issues. Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director for the National Complete Streets Coalition, will provide an overview of some of the challenges cities and states face when trying to build complete streets and how the agencies can work together, while representatives from NC, WA, and MN will discuss their Complete Streets efforts, such as statewide training sessions and main street programs.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/627413234

April 10-11, 2014 — Alabama Trails Conference

  • Guntersville, AL
  • The 2014 Conference, “Celebrating 75 Years of Service of Alabama State Parks” will be held at the beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. This is the third trails conference highlighting Alabama’s top trails from the initial development through the entire growth process. You will learn how trails have become successful all the way from the Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, AL to the nationally known Hatfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia. 
  • Info: http://www.landoftrails.com/2014-trails-conference/

April 11-12, 2014 — Georgia Trail Summit

  • Athens, GA
  • Let’s plan the future of Georgia’s trails. Meet like-minded trail users, lovers, builders and designers to share lessons learned at the Georgia Trail Summit. In addition to fascinating presentations, mobile workshops, social events and a keynote speaker, the Summit includes an UNconference component. Short sessions will be created spontaneously based on YOUR interests and ideas. We've gathered an impressive group of trail experts on a range of relevant topics to lead interactive conversations that matter to you. There's also a dynamic menu of mobile workshops on nearby trails for hikers, cyclists, paddlers, heritage and cultural enthusiasts, foodies and mountain bikers. The cost is $60 for both days.  
  • Info: http://georgiatrailsummit.com/

April 10-13, 2014 — Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference

  • Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • The Annual Conference is scheduled for April 10-13, 2014. Swinging from one end of the Trail to the other, the conference will take place in Sturgeon Bay at The Lodge at Leatham Smith.  
  • Info: Luke Kloberdanz - Email: luke@iceagetrail.org - Phone: 608-798-4453 - http://www.iceagetrail.org/

April 10-13, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Dallas, PA
  • Hosted by: Anthracite Mountain Pedalers. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=386&reset=1

April 11-12, 2014 — Georgia Trail Summit

  • Athens, GA
  • The inaugural Georgia Trail Summit will be held at the Classic Center in Athens-- Forging a new path in trail planning, building and funding across Georgia. This event will be the first in GA in 15 years. 
  • Info: https://www.facebook.com/georgiatrailsummit

April 14-17, 2014 — Heartland Byways Conference

  • Manhattan, KS
  • Kansas byways and byways from surrounding states are invited to address topics focused on four core learning areas: Byway Organization, Finances, Corridor Management, and Visitor Experiences. Two byways in the Kansas Flint Hills will be featured: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway and the Native Stone Scenic Byway. 
  • Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartlandbywayconference

April 15, 2014 — 3rd Annual Illinois Bike Summit

  • Champaign, IL
  • The event is co-sponsored by the League of Illinois Bicyclists and Champaign County Bikes. There will be something for everyone, as this year’s Summit features more options and speakers. Most time slots will offer breakout sessions, each with a lineup of panelists sharing a range of experiences from different parts of the state. Add in other options including a technical training track, field trips, “coffee talks” on niche topics, and ample networking time. 
  • Info: http://www.bikelib.org/other-advocacy/illinois-bike-summit/

April 16, 2014 — Webinar: Ideas for promoting bicycling to school

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
  • This webinar will feature two schools and a basket of ideas. One program will share its secrets for keeping its seven year old bike promotion program fresh and sustained, including event themes and bicycling field trips. The second presentation will talk about how they are engaging 6th grade students in teaching bike safety and the key partners that have catapulted excitement for bicycling to new heights. Hosted by: National Center for Safe Routes to School.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/151729738

April 16, 2014 — Webinar: Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/2014_12webinars

April 17, 2014 — Webinar: Online Tools for Connecting to the World of Conservation

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Join the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Director of Field Programs and guests from the conservation community as we explore on-line tools for visioning growth and enhancement of your wildlife habitat and community engagement programs. We’ll take an in-depth look at three state-of-the-art resources that you can harness: the Conservation Registry, LandScope America and the National Atlas.
  • Info: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7462278020260850433

April 17-20, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Bethel, OH
  • Hosted by: Cincinnati Off Road Alliance. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=385&reset=1

April 23-27, 2014 — Ice Age Trail Crew Leadership & Skills Training

  • Gibraltar Rock, WI
  • Each year, volunteers from across the state and beyond flock to MSC trail building events at different points along the Ice Age Trail. The program's vision is to build a statewide group of volunteers who are trained in advanced crew leadership and trail construction techniques. Previous trail construction background is not necessary to participate. And you are welcome to lend a hand for whatever time period your schedule permits, without having to commit to the entire multi-day project. We need in many other areas too, including food preparation, community outreach, publicity, administration and entertainment. 
  • Info: http://mobileskills.iceagetrail.org/event-registration

April 24-26, 2014 — Alaska Trails Statewide Trail Conference

April 24-27, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Hosted by: Northern Indiana Trail Riders Organization. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=387&reset=1

April 25-27, 2014 — Crew Leadership for Trails Training

  • Durango, CO
  • Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Crew Leader manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful crew leadership experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency trail maintenance or construction project! This workshop is best for individuals who have had experience working on trail projects or previous crew leadership experiences.
  • Info: http://www.voc.org/project/durango-crew-leadership-trails-training

April 26, 2014 — Planning for Federal Agencies Workshop

  • Atlanta, GA
  • The forum will consist of two tracks, one focusing on DOD planning issues and one focusing on non-DOD planning issues. The forum will be held that day from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Georgia World Congress Center and will be fully integrated in the APA National Planning Conference.
  • Info: http://www.federalplanning.org/annual_workshop.htm 

April 26-30, 2014 — National Planning Conference

Past events from February 2014

March 3-4, 2014 — Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Campuses must also find opportunities to conserve limited resources, make college more affordable, and make our communities more resilient to economic and environmental change. A sharing economy is leading to more sustainable consumption, operations, services, and lifestyles in our communities and on our campuses.
  • Info: http://www.sustainability.umd.edu/content/community/SSCC.php

March 3-4, 2014 — Transportation, Land Use Planning and Air Quality Conference

  • Charlotte, NC
  • The conference will focus on the integration of transportation planning, land use, and air quality with the goal of achieving sustainability and livability objectives
  • Info: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/168154.aspx

March 3-5, 2014 — National Bike Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • The Highway Trust Fund is scheduled to run out of funds in October 2014, leaving Congress with the choice of cutting transportation funding, raising the gas tax or other revenue, or choosing to increase the deficit for transportation funding. The 2014 National Bike Summit will our opportunity to promote our agenda and ensure that the next generation of transportation policy learns from your experience in MAP -21 — and push for the best possible outcomes for bicycling in transportation policy.
  • Info: http://www.bikeleague.org/summit

March 4, 2014 — California Land Conservation Conference

  • Sacramento , CA
  • California Land Conservation Conference is the largest annual gathering of California land trusts, agencies, foundation and conservation professionals. Join us on March 4-6 for thought--provoking workshops, powerful networking opportunities and unparalleled access to decision-makers in the conservation community.
  • Info: http://www.calandtrusts.org/event/2014-land-conservation-conference/

March 5, 2014 — Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Join APBP for a 4-part webinar series that explores the rapidly evolving domain of bike sharing as bicycle transit in the larger context of transportation planning. Each session features case studies and perspectives from professionals in cities with a wide range of experience in bicycle sharing operations and business models.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/biketransit_series

March 4-7, 2014 — California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference

March 6-9, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Kingsport, TN
  • Hosted by: SORBA Tri-Cities. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=373&reset=1

March 9-14, 2014 — Active Living Research Conference

  • Ontario, CA
  • Active Living Research is a new field of research, focusing on nvironmental and policy changes made to increase physical activity. For example, Complete Streets ordinances have been adopted in hundreds of communities; thousands of schools are implementing evidence-based policies and programs to increase activity; and WalkScore helps home buyers and renters find walkable neighborhoods.
  • Info: Active Living Research Conference

March 12, 2014 — Webinar: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants

  • Online Webinar: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
  • In anticipation of the opening of Grants.gov for the receipt of final applications, the U.S. Department of Transportation is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.
  • Info: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/outreach

March 15-16, 2014 — Chainsaw Safety Training Course

  • Leominster, MA
  • This two day class is designed for volunteer and professional trail stewards who will be assisting in trail cleanup efforts after major storm events. Participants will learn basic chainsaw maintenance skills, the value of essential safety equipment and procedures, and proper techniques for safely using chainsaws for removing storm debris off of public trails. Participants will also come away with a greater respect for the power and danger of storm damaged trees and will understand, most importantly, what trees to stay away from. Participant registration costs $25. Location is Leominster Sportsman’s Association, 1455 Elm Street, Leominster, MA .
  • Info: Register by emailing Dick O’Brien, Conservation Works LLC and Chair of MARTAB:  dobrien578@gmail.com

March 19, 2014 — Webinar: Applying Foundations of Mountain Trail Sustainability to a trail network ~ Part 1 of 3

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails presents this Webinar which is the first of a series of three on Sustainable Mountain Trails. You'll learn to apply these principles to a trail network "One Trail at a Time, One Mile at a Time." The course includes Tools and Techniques, Examples, and Case Studies of mountain trail sustainability.
  • Info: www.americantrails.org/resources/ManageMaintain/webinar-Sustainable-Mountain-Trails-Duffy-1.html

March 19, 2014 — Webinar: All In: The Value of Investing in Complete and Green Streets

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/2014_12webinars

March 19, 2014 — Webinar: Preparing a TIGER Planning Grant Application

  • Online Webinar: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
  • In anticipation of the opening of Grants.gov for the receipt of final applications, the U.S. Department of Transportation is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.
  • Info: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/outreach

March 20, 2014 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Concord, NH
  • Hosted by: Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and HEAL NH. Millions in potential federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects goes untapped every year. Cities and states are also stepping up their investment in biking and walking. To take biking and walking to the next level, advocates need to tools to unleash current and new sources of funding.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

March 20-23, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Hosted by: Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=377&reset=1

March 21, 2014 — Heels & Wheels: Delaware Walk & Bike Summit 2014

  • Newark, DE
  • Education and conversations on success stories, emerging issues, lessons learned, and strategies that impact and affect the delivery of recreational trails and active commuter systems. The Summit will provide a forum for networking and building connections among our community of users and fellow advocates. For the first time in Delaware, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers and bicycle riders – the recreational and active transportation communities will come together to share mutual issues and divergent topics.
  • Info: http://www.wilmapco.org/heelsandwheels/

March 21-23, 2014 — Southern Mountain Bike Summit

  • Anniston, AL
  • Join your mountain biking land managers, friends and fellow advocates in Anniston, AL, home of Coldwater Mountain, an IMBA Bronze-level Ride Center. The Bridge at First United Methodist Church of Anniston will house Summit meetings. Vendors will have exhibits set up in the lobby, outside the meeting space. Group rides will leave from the Anniston trailhead at Coldwater Mountain on Friday and Saturday. SORBA will host socials on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday is reserved for a Trek Dealer Appreciation Event at Coldwater Mountain.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=384&reset=1

March 25-26, 2014 — NRPA National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation

March 25-28, 2014 — Access to Parks & Outdoor Recreation

  • Hot Springs, AR
  • The ADA-ABA standards for recreation areas have been adopted and now the standards for outdoor developed areas have been finalized. This course will provide an overview of the accessibility standards while emphasizing a universal design approach for new construction and alterations to existing facilities. A central learning theme concentrates on the best practices in design and construction to accommodate people with disabilities. Session topics will discuss how design and construction affects people with disabilities and how people with disabilities function in these park facilities, boating and fishing facilities, picnic areas, trails, campgrounds, and beaches. Field exercises will be conducted outdoors at Hot Springs National Park.
  • Info: http://www.ncaonline.org/events/parksandoutdoors_01-2014.shtml

March 26, 2014 — Webinar: Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis for a TIGER Discretionary Grant

  • Online Webinar: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
  • In anticipation of the opening of Grants.gov for the receipt of final applications, the U.S. Department of Transportation is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.
  • Info: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/outreach

March 26-28, 2014 — Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference

  • Fort Worth, TX
  • The TTAT Conference will bring together those involved with bicycle, pedestrian, and other active transportation and recreation modes from around Texas and the world with the goals of sharing current information and examples, and sparking inspiration to continue striving to make things better in each of our communities. The conference will focus on issues of economic development, health, safety, and many other topics relevant to advancing active transportation and trails.
  • Info: http://texastrails.biketexas.org/2014/

March 27-31, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Richmond, VA
  • Hosted by: Richmond MORE. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

March 27-29, 2014 — Bike Walk Montana Conference

  • Billings, MT
  • The highlights of this conference include: (1) insight from local and national experts on funding, bicycle tourism in Montana, trails maintenance plans, educational programs, the TA Program, and much more; (2) explore tools and resources that communities may use to improve and promote biking and walking; (3) educational sessions and valuable networking opportunities; (4) opportunities to learn more about the Transportation Alternatives Application Process; (5) an opportunity to network with others from all across Montana.
  • Info: http://www.bikewalkmontana.org/bike-walk-summit-2014/

March 28, 2014 — Webinar: Preparing a TIGER Planning Grant Application

  • Online Webinar: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
  • In anticipation of the opening of Grants.gov for the receipt of final applications, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.
  • Info: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/outreach

March 29, 2014 — Opening Day for Trails

  • Nationwide trail events
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has designated Saturday, March 29 (the last Saturday in March), as a starting point to get back out on the trail as winter thaws. RTC has created a promotional toolkit with a printable flier, logos and social media images! Use them to promote your Opening Day for Trails event, or just help us spread the word around your area!
  • Info: http://www.railstotrails.org/OpeningDay

March 30 – April 5, 2014 — Sustainable Trails Conference

Past events from February 2014

February 1, 2014 — Arizona Trail Association Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Anniversary Celebration begins at 9:00 a.m.- Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.) WHERE: South Mountain Park Environmental Education Center in Phoenix, located on Central Avenue 1.8 miles south of Baseline Road. You will be proud of the completion of the Arizona Trail and its designation as a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 2009, providing preservation of the trail corridor into perpetuity. You will also be proud to see the programs, trail user information and services, publications, and other ways your support continues to bring success to our organization.
  • Info: http://www.aztrail.org/annual_meeting/

February 1, 2014 — Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Annual Meeting

  • Elon, NC
  • The agenda includes: Reports on progress to build, maintain and promote the MST Presentations about newly-opened sections of trail Remarks by Brad Ives, Assistant Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Workshops for people interested in learning: how to hike the trail; how to volunteer with FMST; about technology for hikers; Awards for hikers who have completed the trail and for outstanding volunteers.
  • Info: see website

February 6, 2014 — Webinar: International Outdoor Recreation Planning Perspectives

  • Online Webinar: 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time
  • Hosted by: Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals. Investigates differences and similarities between US and international outdoor recreation planning issues. Case studies from Brazil, China, and Germany will focus on management philosophies, their origins and how these impact outdoor recreation planning at both a macro and micro level. Differences between recreation planning instruments, litigation, land use planning frameworks, and responsible authorities will be discussed. We will focus on understanding best practices in each case study and discuss lessons learned.
  • Info: http://www.recpro.org/sorp-webinars

February 6, 2014 — Webinar: Accessible Routes on Sites

  • Online Webinar: 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific
  • Hosted by: US Access Board. Exterior accessible routes are critical for individuals with disabilities using mobility devices in connecting from site arrival points to accessible building entrances. Specific scoping provisions also address connecting accessible elements and spaces “within a site”. This session will review the application of these requirements using examples of newly constructed site and an existing site undertaking alterations.
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/Schedule/#nextSession

February 6-9, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Gainesville, GA
  • Hosted by: Northeast Georgia SORBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=369&reset=1

February 7, 2014 — Webinar: Improving Pedestrian Crossing Safety at Uncontrolled Locations

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • The webinar will review various treatments to improve safety for pedestrians crossing high-volume, high-speed roadways at unsignalized intersections that have been tried by public agencies, and report the results of research on the effectiveness of the various treatments. This webinar is co-sponsored by ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute and ASCE Continuing Education.
  • Info: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/item/id/135631/q/o=t&c=79&t=2125&t=2118

February 8, 2014 — New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit

  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • In collaboration with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. There are over 20 interesting and informative panel sessions planned and over 60 speakers will be joining us. We anticipate a sellout crowd as we had last year! Featured speakers and panelists at the 2014 Summit include: F.K. Day, EVP of SRAM and President and Cofounder of World Bicycle Relief Jeff Miller, President & CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking
  • Info: http://www.njbwc.org/nj-summits/summit-2014/

February 9-12, 2014 — 2014 Hike the Hill

  • Washington, DC
  • Hike the Hill is American Hiking Society’s annual policy event designed to allow foot trail advocates from around the country to gather in Washington DC and make their collective voice heard on Capitol Hill. Attendees truly do “Hike the Hill” as they visit with their legislators and/or their staffs as well as land management agency officials throughout the week. HTH also provides a great opportunity for trail advocates to network and share their own successes and challenges with each other.
  • Info: http://www.americanhiking.org/hike-the-hill/

February 10-11, 2014 — Colorado Bike Summit EXPO

  • Denver, CO
  • The 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit brings together people from all over Colorado to talk about how to improve bicycling in our state. During this two-day event, held in downtown Denver, attendees: (1) learn best practices for making change happen at the city, county and state levels, (2) learn about bicycle-related issues for the 2014 Colorado Legislative Session, (3) spend the morning at the State Capitol, with access to state legislators, (4) network with bicyclists of all flavors.
  • Info: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1524495/5edb8f6539/545486779/abfd0a375c/

February 12, 19 and 26 and March 5 and 12, 2014 — Urban Youth Park Stewardship Course

  • Online course through Google Hangouts
  • This course is for professionals involved in planning and implementing urban youth park stewardship programs from across the country. Each interactive session will dig into the essential elements of program design, infrastructure, planning, and implementation phases of this work. Case studies of existing programs will highlight challenges and barriers as well as best practices and strategies for their solutions. This course was developed collaboratively by the leadership of the Boston Youth Environmental Network (BYEN), participating organizations and Health Resources in Action’s B.B.E.S.T. Initiative and with support from Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through EE Capacity.
  • Info: register by 02/10/2014 - REGISTER HERE

February 13, 2014 — Webinar: Accessible Pedestrian Signals

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Hosted by: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. This session will focus on how to design APS installations and how to design intersection corners to provide important information to those who need it most. Topics will include methods of travel by blind or low-vision pedestrians, current ADA and MUTCD standards, installation and design guidance for APS, and design exercises. Presenters include Daniel Carter, a senior research associate with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Janet Barlow, president of Accessible Design for the Blind.
  • Info: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars.cfm

February 13-16, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Albany, GA
  • Hosted by: Flint River Mtn Bike Assoc. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=371&reset=1

February 18, 2014 — Discovering State Spending on Bicycling and Walking

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
  • Learn about Advocacy Advance's soon-to-be released report on uncovering bicycling and walking projects listed in every state's transportation improvement program. We will discuss how states are spending their federal transportation dollars on bicycling and walking projects and how to improve state reporting of this important data.
  • Info: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/836674136

February 18-21, 2014 — Texas Recreation & Park Society Institute & EXPO

  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Employees of all levels are guaranteed a rewarding variety of continuing education opportunities at the Institute. Combined with a trade show, the Institute provides a keen opportunity for vendors to interact with members of all levels, providing them information and research on the latest trends and technology available to enhance the field.
  • Info: http://traps.org/clubportal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=2657&pubmenuOptID=30199

February 19, 2014 — Webinar: Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=381915

February 20, 2014 — Webinar: Managing Trail User Conflicts

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PACIFIC (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EASTERN)
  • Hosted by American Trails, "Managing User Conflicts" will introduce a variety of innovative approaches to resolving trail user conflicts have been employed and this webinar will review some of these management techniques. We will also look at the obligations land managers and trail users have to help resolve trail conflicts. Ultimately all of the tools in the world will not resolve trail users conflict without compromise on the part of everyone involved.
  • Info: www.americantrails.org/store/shop/webinar-managing-user-conflicts-part-3-of-3-february-20-2014/

February 20-21, 2014 — Land & Water Summit 2014: Drought as an Opportunity For Change

  • Albuquerque, NM 
  • This year, the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and Arid LID strives to find both traditional and non-traditional speakers that generate positive change during a water crisis through storm water mitigation, water harvesting and low impact design principles. Let’s use the drought as an opportunity to assist our attendees in promoting both creative solutions and innovations in the field.
  • Info: http://xeriscapenm.com/

February 20-23, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Sanford, FL
  • Hosted by: SORBA Orlando. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=370&reset=1

February 22, 2014 — Webinar: Putting a price on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Hosted by: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. This webinar provides an overview of the cost for installing a variety of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and facilities. It provides meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs based on up-to-date cost information from states and cities across the country. With this information, researchers, engineers, planners, and the general public can better understand the cost of pedestrian and bicycle treatments in their communities and, in doing so, make more informed planning, prioritization, and budgeting decisions.
  • Info: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars.cfm

February 23-27, 2014 — Partners for Public Lands Convention

  • Albuquerque, NM 
  • The APPL Partnership Convention brings together nonprofit leadership, staff, and board members with local, regional, state and federal land management agency partners for three days of learning.
  • Info: http://www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3405

February 25, 2014 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Hosted by: Florida Bicycle Association and MetroPlan Orlando. Millions in potential federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects goes untapped every year. Cities and states are also stepping up their investment in biking and walking. To take biking and walking to the next level, advocates need to tools to unleash current and new sources of funding.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

February 27 - March 2, 2014 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Hosted by: Tallahassee Mtn Bike Assoc. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=372&reset=1

January 2014

January 8, 2014 — Webinar: Transportation Planning in Transportation Management Areas

  • Online Webinar: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • This FREE webinar is sponsored by National Highway Institute. In accordance with Federal law, UZAs with 200,000 residents are designated by the U.S. DOT as "transportation management areas" (TMA), affording transportation officials greater decision-making authority and added planning responsibilities, than in non-TMAs. This webinar will describe the transportation planning activities required in TMAs, anticipated outcomes, and the procedural steps to be taken by transit providers, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and States to ensure that the new and changed responsibilities are met timely and effectively.
  • Info: https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/viewconference.aspx?webconfid=26963

January 9, 2014 — American Trails WEBINAR: "Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines"

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific
  • This FREE 90-minute webinar will focus on the trails portion of the final "Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines; Outdoor Developed Areas." These new accessibility guidelines for federal lands cover new or altered trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes, and related recreation facilities. The program is hosted by American Trails and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the presentation made by Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service.
  • Info: www.americantrails.org/resources/accessible/webinar-janet-zeller-accessible-trails.html

January 21-24, 2014 — Outdoor Retailers

  • Salt Lake City

January 15, 2014 — Webinar: Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Individual webinars cost $50 per session for APBP members (non-members pay $85). Register for a full year of webinars and get 12 webinars for the price of 10 (APBP members pay $500; non-members pay $850). See web page for details of upcoming APBP webinars.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/event/2014_12webinars

January 22, 2014 — Webinar: Directions in Federal, State and Local Transportation Funding

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
  • Community Builders Jim Charlier will share insight into existing and upcoming sources for transportation funding for federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Info: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/344909319

January 22, 2014 — Webinar: Putting a price on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
  • Finding dollars to build walking and bicycling facilities and improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety can be a challenge. This webinar provides an overview of the cost for installing a variety of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and facilities. It provides meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs based on up-to-date cost information from states and cities across the country. Presenters include Mike Griffith and Shari Schaftlein with the Federal Highway Administration, Deborah Lou with Active Living Research at the University of California, San Diego, and Charlie Zegeer and Bryan Poole with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/877877642

January 24, 2014 — Iowa Bicycle Summit

  • Des Moines, IA
  • This year the Iowa Bicycle Summit will focus on bicycle facility designs on a small scale that can inspire large scale changes. Training will be provided by Mike Lydon from The Street Plans Collaborative in New York City. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual. In addition, there will concurrent sessions on trails and trail design. Finally, the Iowa Bicycle Summit will continue a session on bicycle facility funding.
  • Info: http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/summit/

January 24-27, 2014 — Open Streets/Ciclovia Study Tour

  • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Have you dreamed of starting an Open Streets program in your community? Are you interested improving an existing initiative? Join us to learn from one of the world’s most successful Open Streets/Ciclovia Programs–- Guadalajara’s Via RecreActiva. This experience will be equally valuable to first-time cities and cities with long-standing programs. The study tour will immerse participants in the Via RecreActiva and connect them with the people who made it happen.
  • Info: http://e2.ma/message/vxvuq/3r0s6u

January 29, 2014— Washington State Recreation and Conservation Grants Workshop

  • Online webinar
  • he Washington Recreation and Conservation Office will hold an Application Workshop Webinar to provide information about the 2014 grants application cycle for recreation, farmland, and habitat conservation projects. The workshop will include general information about the process, programs, types of projects, schedule, and important changes for the upcoming grant round.
  • Info: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/831152911

January 30, 2014— Webinar: Effective Fundraising for Trails and Greenways

  • Online webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails presents a timely webinar on strategies for raising funds and garnering resources to move a trail or greenway project from vision to reality. Three seasoned professionals will share key lessons from their decades of experience on key steps to take, partnerships to build, classes of resources to pursue, and leadership models and implementation strategies.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/resources/funding/webinar-creative-fundraising-searns.html

Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2014— Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Mountain View, AR
  • Hosted by: Friends of Syllamo Trail. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=368&reset=1

Past events from December 2013

December 1-4, 2013 — Nurturing Emerging Directors and Supervisors

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • The National Executive Development School is for staff, managers and Directors, mainly in the field of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services who are seeking to enrich their career while being able to pick up some needed Continuing Education Units (CEU's). NEDS now in it's 23rd year is a great way to take part in innovative Leadership, Management, and Professional Workshops and Training Sessions. At NEDS, you will discover solutions to the problems that Parks and Recreation Professionals face today by being able to interact with other professionals face to face.
  • Info: http://www.nmrpa.org/education/national-executive-development-school

December 1-8, 2013 — Tropical Trailwork Adventure Costa Rica

  • Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica
  • Experience how to build and maintain forest trails in a beautiful tropical location in Costa Rica Experience nature, people, and community! Learn about: • Trail siting & design • Tools for trailwork, & their safe & effective use • Grade, slope, and drainage • Bridges, steps, and other trail structures • Nature-sensitive trail building and maintenance • Design features for views, and tree, plant, and animal observation • Ongoing use and care of forest trails
  • Info: http://www.renewablereality.net/trailwork2013.html

December 5-8, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Columbia, SC
  • Hosted by: Midlands SORBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

December 6, 2013 — Pedestrian Facility Maintenance

  • On-line Webinar: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center presents a review of the new FHWA Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety. The development of the guide relied on research of the common, accepted and exceptional maintenance practices in the United States. During the session, participants will learn about common and successful approaches to sidewalk and shared use path maintenance in the U.S., including winter and summer maintenance, basics of a well-rounded maintenance program, and barriers to maintaining facilities.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/621744754

December 10, 2013 — Webinar: Partnering and Paying for Alternative Transportation Systems

  • On-line Webinar: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST)
  • Given tight federal budgets and the change from SAFETEA-LU to MAP-21, Federal land units need to find partnerships and alternative financial resources to finance needed alternate transportation infrastructure projects. This course will provide a brief overview of some federal funding sources, will discuss non-Federal sources of financing, and will provide examples of how Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) have partnered with various organizations to fund (provide) alternative transportation projects.
  • Info: registration and course information

December 12, 2013 — The GIS 20 Essential Skills

  • On-line Webinar: 9 - 2 (PST), 12 - 5 (EST)
  • A second edition of the book The GIS 20: Essential Skills, from ESRI Press will be used in this class. The new book has nine bonus exercises including Advanced labeling in 10.1 and Creating Map Books. A 180 day fully functional ArcGIS 10.1 license is included with the book. An exercise DVD is also included. Workshop structure: This is a hands on, one day virtual class with a live instructor. Students will be given a dial in number for the class, as well as a code for screen sharing to view the instructor's desktop. Student must have ArcGIS 10.0 or higher installed as well as headphones or a speakerphone. No prior experience necessary.
  • Info: http://www.newurbanresearch.com/workshops

December 12-13, 2013 — Open Your Mind to Winter Placemaking Training Session

  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • It's easy to get people outside on a sunny summer day, but creating vibrant and active public spaces in the colder months requires more creativelity and ingenuity. Learn how to create public spaces that are vibrant, inviting, and warm, even when it's cold outside. Participant outcomes include: *See exciting winter examples from public spaces around the world and learn tips for making places attractive in colder weather. *Be trained on the three keys to great public spaces - management, uses/activities and design. *Discover how to see public spaces with fresh eyes.* Learn how to identify what's working and what's no.* Find out how to effectively engage the communtiy in the planning process.
  • Info: https://www.eventbrite.ca/event/8493928569

December 12-15, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • McCalla, AL
  • Hosted by: Birmingham Urban Mtn Pedalers. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

December 18, 2013 — Webinar: Integrating Equity in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. This webinar session considers equity in the context of three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, social. Learn how to define equity and integrate it as a planning factor; what are the standards and requirements of transportation equity?
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=274583&group=

December 19, 2013 — Webinar: Current Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues

 

Past events from November 2013

November 1, 2013 — Webinar: Development of alternatives for park planning

  • On-line Webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
  • Development of alternatives is an integral part of planning for the future of parks and recreation areas. This webinar uses project examples and lessons learned from professional planners to illuminate the process for developing and analyzing alternatives. Specifically, the webinar will: 1) Address when and how Alternatives fit in the overall planning process. 2) Clarify “Planner Speak” and NEPA requirements for alternative development. 3) Summarize key components of alternatives and provide tools for collaboratively developing alternatives with the planning team and project partners. 4) Share both environmental and economic analysis procedures. 5) Offer tips for effectively sharing alternatives with the public.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3234976867906606081

November 2-7, 2013 — National Scenic & Historic Trails Conference

  • Tucson, AZ
  • The 14th Biennial conference will be hosted by the Westward Look Wyndham Hosted by the Partnership for the National Trails System with support from the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USDA Forest Service.
  • Info: http://www.pnts.org/conference/

November 6, 2013 — 26th Symposium on Philanthropy

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Today’s fundraising environment is more complex and dynamic than ever. Changes in donor preferences, demographics, and technology are reshaping the landscape. What do recent innovations and trends mean for the way fundraising is perceived and practiced in the 21st century? How can fundraisers and nonprofits leverage the best of these new trends while maintaining a foundation in proven fundraising principles?
  • Info: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/events/event/taking-fundraising-seriously

November 6, 2013 — Webinar: Urban Street Design Guide

  • On-line Webinar: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST
  • The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide offers a blueprint for designing 21st century streets, and unveils the toolbox and the tactics cities use to make streets safer, more liveable, and more economically vibrant. In this webinar, participants will learn how and why city streets demand a unique set of design tools specific to their distinct needs and characteristics; will learn how to implement different "interim" design strategies, including parklets, public plazas and temporary safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians; will clarify how to utilize the guide as a tool for local and state advocacy.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/796641226

November 7-9, 2013 — National Forest Recreation Association Annual Conference and Trade Show

  • Reno, NV
  • NFRA has hosted an annual conference and trade show for over 60 years. This is the best conference of its kind for resorts, campground concessionaires, marinas, stores, youth camps, pack stations and other recreation businesses who operate on public lands. Top recreation leaders from land management agencies and the recreation industry convene to learn about new programs and trends in the recreation industry.
  • Info: http://nfra.org/conferences/general-information/

November 7-10, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Hosted by: Southwest KyMBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

November 7-10, 2013 — California by Bike Summit

  • Oakland, CA
  • We are happy to welcome Brian Kelly, California’s Secretary of Transportation and John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes to Thursday night’s welcoming address. National leaders attending the summit include Carolyn Szczepanski, Director of Communications/Leader WomenBike project for the League of American Bicyclists and Jeffrey Miller, President/CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The summit also includes two great parties! The East Bay Bicycle Coalition's annual Biketopia bash on Friday night and our own special event on Saturday night.
  • Info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443894

November 7, 2013 — Bikeway Design Guide: State of the Practice Solutions for City Streets

  • On-line Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Since its initial release in Spring 2011, the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide has instigated a new approach to designing for cyclists on city streets. The report was referenced in a recent FHWA policy memo, the Bike Guide is staged to be applied in more cities and more diverse contexts. Using the structure of the Guide, this webinar will provide a basic introduction to the guide's main principles and recommendations, providing direct comparison and case studies to real projects and scenarios from US cities.
  • Info: www.ite.org/education/webinars_NACTO.asp#THE_NACTO_URBAN_BIKEWAY_DESIGN_GUIDE

November 7, 2013 —Webinar on Accessible Play Surfaces

  • On-line Webinar: 2:30 – 4:00 (EST)
  • In this session, Board staff and a representative from the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) will present results from a recently completed study on playground surfaces that assessed how well various types of surface systems, including engineered wood fiber, poured in place rubber, and rubber tiles, perform over time. NCA conducted this research with funding from the Board.
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/

November 8, 2013 —Webinar on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

  • On-line Webinar: 2:30 – 4:00 (EST)
  • In September, the Board issued accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas developed by the federal government, including trails, picnic and camping areas, and beach access routes. In this webinar, Board representatives will review scoping and technical requirements of the new guidelines which will become effective as part of the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards on November 25.
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/

November 8, 2013 —The GIS 20 Essential Skills

  • On-line Webinar: 9 - 2 (PST), 12 - 5 (EST)
  • A second edition of the book The GIS 20: Essential Skills, from ESRI Press will be used in this class. The new book has nine bonus exercises including Advanced labeling in 10.1 and Creating Map Books. A 180 day fully functional ArcGIS 10.1 license is included with the book. An exercise DVD is also included. Workshop structure: This is a hands on, one day virtual class with a live instructor. Students will be given a dial in number for the class, as well as a code for screen sharing to view the instructor's desktop. Student must have ArcGIS 10.0 or higher installed as well as headphones or a speakerphone. No prior experience necessary.
  • Info: http://www.newurbanresearch.com/workshops

November 9, 2013 — Trail Planning

  • Baraboo, WI
  • Thinking about installing trails on your property, but don’t know where to put them? Let an expert help! Tim Malzhan from the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) will provide you with basic information you need to know to install trails that are both sustainable and reduce erosion. Other topics covered will include trail layout and design, site analysis, measuring techniques and basic construction. The course will finish with a hike around the Leopold Center to discuss current trail conditions and recommendations.
  • Info: http://www.aldoleopold.org/WoodlandSchool/courses.shtml

November 13-14, 2013 — Wildlife Habitat Council 25th Annual Symposium

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Celebrating Corporate Conservation brings together corporate, government, and conservation leaders from across the globe to share knowledge and recognize conservation and education achievements. This year, WHC celebrates its 25th anniversary of successfully connecting corporations, conservation, and community to create habitat and increase biodiversity with an agenda that highlights outstanding member programs, shares strategies for successful employee and community engagement, and offers opportunities to learn from peers. WHC will share its expertise through hands-on workshops, panel sessions, and an outdoor field trip. Participants are sure to gain useful knowledge in designing and implementing their own wildlife habitat enhancement and conservation education programs.
  • Info: http://www.cvent.com/

November 14-15, 2013 — Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Roundtable

November 14-17, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Columbus, GA
  • Hosted by: Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

November 15, 2013 — Opening our Streets for Health: Open Streets Training Session

  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Open Streets are programs where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. Streets become "paved parks" where people of all ages, abilities and social or economic background can get out and improve their health. Register for 8-80 Cities' Opening Our Streets for Health Training Session and learn how to start a programm in your community.
  • Info: http://openstreetstraining.eventbrite.ca/

November 15-18, 2013 — ASLA

November 25-28, 2013 — Building SustainABLE Communities Conference

Past events from October 2013

October 1-3, 2013 — 2013 Walking Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • Join national and local leaders to engage in inspiring conversations and sessions that will build capacity, develop strategies, increase momentum and showcase best practices to increase investments in walkability and walking. This event will model how to integrate walking and physical activity into a conference format, including a "hill and agency walking day."
  • Info: https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=20133232E

October 2, 2013 — Mississippi Bike Summit

  • Jackson, MS
  • Summit Tentative Agenda and Break-out Sessions: *The 5 E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Planning. *Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community *Complete Streets *The Health Benefits of Biking in Mississippi *Bikes Mean Business: The impact of Biking and Walking on our Economy *Building a Trail System *Tools and Resources: Road-map and Action Plans *Mississippi as a Bicycle Friendly State
  • Info: http://www.bikewalkmississippi.org/BWMS/summit/

October 3, 2013 — Access Board Webinar: Accessible Playground Surfaces

  • Online Webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
  • In this session, Board staff and a representative from the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) will present results from a recently completed study on playground surfaces that assessed how well various types of surface systems, including engineered wood fiber, poured in place rubber, and rubber tiles, perform over time. NCA conducted this research with funding from the Board.
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/

October 3, 2013 — Webinar: developing and analyzing alternatives for parks and recreation plans

  • Online Webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
  • This webinar uses project examples and lessons learned from professional planners to illuminate the process for developing and analyzing alternatives. The webinar will: 1) Address when and how Alternatives fit in the overall planning process. 2) Clarify “Planner Speak” and NEPA requirements for alternative development. 3) Summarize key components of alternatives and provide tools for collaboratively developing alternatives with the planning team and project partners. 4) Share both environmental and economic analysis procedures. 5) Offer tips for effectively sharing alternatives with the public. 1.5 hours - Free - Hosted by  Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5415479948738217728

October 4, 2013 — New England Bike-Walk Summit

  • Providence, RI
  • Join us in beautiful downtown Providence for the third New England Bike-Walk Summit-- informative sessions, educational opportunities, invaluable networking, and fun diversions!
  • Info: http://www.newenglandbikewalksummit.org

October 5, 2013 — Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

  • On trails everywhere
  • The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt. Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today's children are tomorrow's land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tkmbd

October 5, 2013 — Southern Nevada Trails Day Event

  • Henderson, NV
  • This is a great opportunity for the public to pick up information and maps on the incredible trails we have here in Southern Nevada. The regional trail system, now branded as Neon to Nature, has 467off-street trails and over 1,150 miles, as well an additional 475 miles of on-street bike lanes and routes. There will be over 50 booths at the event with information not only on trails but on other things to do in our diverse outdoor environments here in Southern Nevada.
  • Info: Just show up at Henderson’s Cornerstone Park – 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. - Alan O'Neill at oneillalan02@gmail.com

October 5, 2013 — Sterling Forest Trails Project Orientation

  • Sterling Forest, NY
  • Join us for an on-site walking tour orientation of the Sterling Forest Trails Project. Learn about our work plans for how we are going to restore the land we have fought to preserve. Discover trail restoration, building and design techniques. Meet our Americorps crew members. Find out how you can get involved. Following the orientation, we will be holding an introductory Tool Use and Safety class. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-u-716-sterling-forest-trail-projects-orientation

October 8, 2013 — Webinar: Partnering and Paying for Alternative Transportation Systems

  • Online Webinar: 1:00-3:00 pm EDT
  • Funding from states, counties and cities, "friends" groups, and private companies has a role in funding alternative transportation systems on Federal lands. This course will provide a brief overview of some federal funding sources, will discuss non-Federal sources of financing, and will provide examples of how Federal Land Management Agencies have partnered with various organizations to fund (provide) alternative transportation projects.
  • Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4dvegidab&oeidk=a07e7napaet98c25f10

October 8, 2013 — Major Gifts Fundraising Summit

  • San Francisco , CA
  • It is now well known that, while foundations and corporations are the easiest to target, they represent only 19% of total philanthropic dollars. Individuals, particularly major gift donors, are harder to identify and pursue, but they are by far the largest available philanthropic resource. The bottom line is that you need a major gifts fundraising program - and you need it to be in full swing in this current economic climate.
  • Info: http://www.cfnps.org/2013SFSummit.aspx

October 8-10, 2013 — NRPA

  • Houston, TX
  • NRPA's Congress and Exposition brings together more than 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, and industry suppliers for amazing networking opportunities, hundreds of educational sessions, and the industry's largest trade show showcasing the products and services of nearly 400 exhibitors.
  • Info: http://www.nrpa.org/Congress2013/

October 9, 2013 — International Walk to School Day

October 11, 2013 —The GIS 20 Essential Skills

  • On-line Webinar: 9 - 2 (PST), 12 - 5 (EST)
  • A second edition of the book The GIS 20: Essential Skills, from ESRI Press will be used in this class. The new book has nine bonus exercises including Advanced labeling in 10.1 and Creating Map Books. A 180 day fully functional ArcGIS 10.1 license is included with the book. An exercise DVD is also included. Workshop structure: This is a hands on, one day virtual class with a live instructor. Students will be given a dial in number for the class, as well as a code for screen sharing to view the instructor's desktop. Student must have ArcGIS 10.0 or higher installed as well as headphones or a speakerphone. No prior experience necessary.
  • Info: http://www.newurbanresearch.com/workshops

October 10-13, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Jamestown, NY
  • Hosted by: NAMBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

October 12-17, 2013 — N2013 Annual NOHVCC and INOHVAA Joint Conference

  • Orlando, FL
  • The mobile workshop will be at the Ocala National Forest. Here is a sample of this year's conference: **MAP-21 (new transportation re-authorization for RTP) updates and the new guidelines **Ocala National Forest volunteer program and what they have been able to achieve with RTP funds ** INOHVAA is sponsoring a Program Managers Round Table on Monday evening **INOHVAA Annual Meeting and working committee sessions**Plenary session about the current state of the 4Wheeled Powersports Industry **Opportunity to get certified on dirt bikes, ATVs, and ROVs
  • Info: http://www.nohvcc.org/education/conference.aspx

October 17, 2013 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Omaha, NE
  • Advocacy Advance workshops are designed to provide the knowledge, skills and resources to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources at the state, regional and local level to build bicycling and walking infrastructure and programs. With a focus on the new transportation bill, Navigating MAP-21 Workshop participants will learn how to maximize funding in the new Transportation Alternatives program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

October 17-20, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Bedford, OH
  • Hosted by: CAMBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

October 18-20, 2013 — NC BICYCLE SUMMIT

  • Carrboro, NC
  • Hosted by: North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance. Join ​planners, ​business ​owners, ​nonprofit ​leaders, ​elected ​officials ​and ​advocates ​from ​across ​North ​Carolina ​for ​the ​state's ​second ​annual ​statewide ​Bike ​Summit. The ​mission ​of ​the ​NC ​Bike ​Summit ​is ​to ​foster ​collaboration ​between various ​bicycle ​movements, ​efforts, ​and ​endeavors; ​educate ​local ​government ​staff, ​bicycle ​advocates, ​and​polic ​leaders; ​promote ​cycling ​as ​a ​valid ​form ​of ​transportation; ​and ​highlight ​North ​Carolina’s ​dedication ​toward ​becoming ​a ​premier ​bicycle ​friendly ​state.
  • Info: http://www.ncactive.org/content/nc-bicycle-summit

October 20-23, 2013 — Rail-volution

  • Seattle, WA
  • Non-partisan. Not ideological. The more than 75 workshops, networking events, charrettes and toolbox sessions bring together some of the best minds on livability in the country and the world. They present concrete examples and dialogue to illustrate the rediscovery of community that is sweeping the country.
  • Info: http://www.railvolution.org/resources/future-conferences

October 22-25, 2013 — Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference

October 23, 2013 —The GIS 20 Essential Skills

  • On-line Webinar: 9 - 2 (PST), 12 - 5 (EST)
  • A second edition of the book The GIS 20: Essential Skills, from ESRI Press will be used in this class. The new book has nine bonus exercises including Advanced labeling in 10.1 and Creating Map Books. A 180 day fully functional ArcGIS 10.1 license is included with the book. An exercise DVD is also included. Workshop structure: This is a hands on, one day virtual class with a live instructor. Students will be given a dial in number for the class, as well as a code for screen sharing to view the instructor's desktop. Student must have ArcGIS 10.0 or higher installed as well as headphones or a speakerphone. No prior experience necessary.
  • Info: http://www.newurbanresearch.com/workshops

October 24-27, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Dayton, OH
  • Hosted by: Miami Valley MBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

October 24, 2013 — Webinar: Natural Surface Trail Tread Maintenance - Part 2 of 3

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • This is the second in the American Trails series of three webinars on trail maintenance management presented by Kim Frederick of Chinook Associates LLC. This workshop focuses on managing the surface flow of water on a trail tread. Participants will learn the application and purpose of a Grade Dip, Waterbar, Check Dam, and Berm Removal in keeping water from damaging trails. Students will learn the dynamic impact of water on the trail tread surface and how these types of structures impact the sustainability of the trail and the recreational experience.
  • Info: www.americantrails.org/resources/ManageMaintain/webinar-frederick-natural-surface-trail-maintenance.html

October 25, 2013 — Wisconsin Bike Summit

  • Madison, WI
  • This year’s summit will engage everyone — from the most dedicated advocates to those who may be new to bicycling. You’ll choose from a variety of activities such as education seminars, group rides, riding lessons, networking events, and even bicycling-themed games for kids.
  • Info: http://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/bike-summit/

October 25-26, 2013 —State of the EC Greenway

  • Raleigh, NC
  • Oct. 25: A 47-mile cross triangle ride from Durham to Raleigh on the East Coast Greenway. Thanks to great recent greenway progress, over 90% of the ride will be off-road! Oct. 26: State of the Greenway Summit and Trail Council Meeting 9am-5pm.
  • Info: http://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/bike-summit/

October 25, 2013 — Webinar: Designing Bicycle Facilities

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • This webinar provides guidance on the best practices for designing a variety of bicycle facilities. Various treatments to improve safety for bicyclists on heavily traveled corridors in large urban areas will be discussed. Guidance will be provided on geometric design parameters for bicycle lanes, off-street bike paths, and intersections. Signing and striping for bicycle facilities will be discussed, especially at locations where bicyclists have to cross heavily traveled streets and intersections. Co-sponsored by ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute and ASCE Continuing Education.
  • Info: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/item/id/134887/q/n=1&o=t&c=79&t=2125&t=2118

October 27-30, 2013 — Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference

  • Matteson, IL
  • This regional conference, organized by the states of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin includes anexhibit hall designed to maximize interaction and information exchange, highlight the industry's state of-the-art products and services, as well as offer demonstrations, showcase successes, and answer attendee questions.
  • Info: http://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/matag2013.htm

October 30-31, 2013 — Universal Trail Assessment Process Coordinator Workshop

  • Matteson, IL
  • The Universal Trail Assessment Process and the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process are inventory processes that provide objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width). The information obtained through an assessment can be used by land managers to enhance the safety and enjoyment for trail users (by providing accurate, objective information about trail conditions). The information obtained can also be used in monitoring environmental impacts on the trail, preparing budgets, developing maintenance and construction plans, and identifying potential access barriers. The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments. The course will conclude with a written UTAP/HETAP Certification Exam which is the first step towards certification as a Trail Assessment Coordinator.
  • Info: www.visitchicagosouthland.com/UniversalTrailAssessmentProcessandHighEfficiencyTrailAssessmentProcess.htm

Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Louisville, KY
  • Hosted by: KyMBA Louiville. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

Oct. 31, 2013 —Webinar: New Urban Streets Methodology - Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Modes

  • On-line Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
  • Transportation Research Board will provide an overview of the Highway Capacity Manual 2010's (HCM 2010's) new Urban Streets methodology, focusing on the new multimodal level-of-service methods for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.
  • Info: http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/169569.aspx

Past events from September 2013

September 5, 2013 — Open ADA Question & Answer Session

  • Online webinar: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
  • The session will be an “open” question and answer session whereby the presenters will accept questions on a diversity of topics including the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Section 508, Medical Diagnostic Equipment, Public Rights of Way, or other Board rulemakings or activities. - Host: US Access Board - Cost: Free
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/Schedule/#nextSession

September 5-8, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Bristol, IN
  • Hosted by: NIMBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

September 7, 2013 — Invasives Strike Force Training Workshop

  • Bedford Hills, NY
  • The NY-NJ Trail Conference Invasives Strike Force, founded in 2011, is a group of trained volunteers dedicated to identifying and removing invasive plants along our trails. Goals: To better understand the spread of invasive plants in forested parklands, especially along trail corridors; To identify non-invaded areas so that trail crews can maintain the integrity of those areas; To identify and remove invasive species to prevent them from spreading into un-invaded areas.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/view/workshops

September 8, 2013 — Sterling Forest Trails Project Orientation

  • Sterling Forest, NY
  • Join us for an on-site walking tour orientation of the Sterling Forest Trails Project. Learn about our work plans for how we are going to restore the land we have fought to preserve. Discover trail restoration, building and design techniques. Meet our Americorps crew members. Find out how you can get involved. Following the orientation, we will be holding an introductory Tool Use and Safety class. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-trail-maintenance-trail-u-738

September 9, 2013 — Urban Mountain Bicycle Parks

  • Boulder, CO
  • Join IMBA, agency staff and local advocates for all-day, in-depth training on how to plan, fund and build an urban mountain bike park. The workshop includes a morning classroom session with case studies and an afternoon visit to Boulder's world-class Valmont Bike Park. Planning and design considerations include selecting an appropriate site, access by users, building public support and engaging the community in an iterative and interactive design process.
  • Info: http://apbppds.org/sessions/?tag=Monday

September 9, 2013 — Denver on Foot and By Bike

  • Denver, CO
  • Join your colleagues on a full-day mobile tour of Denver that includes an in-depth look at bike share and shows how walking and bicycling has helped to revitalize Denver’s neighborhoods. From light rail that entices new transit users, to pump tracks that enable new cyclists to develop their skills, to a vibrant new pedestrian mall featuring a booming streetcar line, Denver is fast becoming a city to watch – and emulate.
  • Info: http://apbppds.org/sessions/2013/9/9/tour-denver

September 9, 2013 — Fort Collins on Foot and by Bike

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Join your colleagues on a full-day mobile tour of Fort Collins (population 143,986) to discover why this city is consistently named one of the Best Places to Live by Money magazine. Learn how the city leverages its vision for sustainability across planning sectors – from energy to transportation – with positive support from funders. With more than 280 miles of bikeways, a Bicycle Library, planned bus rapid transit, and seasoned town-gown relations, Fort Collins is an excellent Return on Investment (ROI) case study.
  • Info: http://apbppds.org/sessions/2013/9/9/tour-fort-collins

September 9-12, 2013 — Economic, Health and Social Benefits of Walking and Bicycling

  • Boulder, CO
  • This year's theme is Dollars and Sense: Economic, Health and Social Benefits of Walking and Bicycling. Through classroom sessions, mobile tours and inspiring plenaries, we'll explore how to build great facilities for active transportation and learn how make the case for these investments. Sessions are organized into three tracks: Return on Investment for Active Transportation; Guidelines, Standards and Decision-Making; Integrated Corridor Planning and Design. Sponsored by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/?page=PDS

September 10-11, 2013 — Universal Design for Water Access

September 11-13, 2013 — International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities

  • Munich, Germany
  • “Walking Connects!” provides an opportunity for practitioners, decision-makers, academics and activists from all over the world to connect and talk about walking in 2013. Walking is key to creating healthy, efficient and sustainable communities. By promoting mobility on foot, we are creating fresh momentum for our cities. Walk21’s previous conferences have proven very helpful at understanding how to develop effective walking policies and deliver successful walking projects.
  • Info: http://www.walk21munich.com/

September 12-15, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hosted by: Potawatomi Mtn Biking Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

September 13, 2013 — Washington State Trails Caucus

  • Wenatchee, WA
  • Join leaders from diverse trail communities at the Washington State Trails Caucus to share news and ideas, brag about your recent successes and get inspired for the year to come. This one-day gathering at the Wenatchee Community Center will serve as a forum for our statewide network of trail advocates – everyone with an interest in trails (motorized, non-motorized, snow, asphalt, dirt, or water trails) is welcomed!
  • Info: http://washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org/2013-washington-state-trails-caucus/

September 13-15, 2013 — Winning Campaigns Training

  • Helena, MT
  • The Alliance’s Winning Campaigns Training is a three-day boot camp for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. This action-oriented workshop gives novice and veteran advocates the tools to create and manage powerful campaigns to increase biking and walking in their communities. Our proven curriculum is led by longtime advocates and national experts with firsthand experience conducting — and winning — bicycle and pedestrian campaigns.
  • Info: http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/memberservices/winning_campaigns_training/

September 15, 2013 — Trail Layout & Design--PART 2

  • Ossining, NY
  • This workshop is devoted to establishing guidelines for laying out a safe, exciting, and ecologically sound trail. Topics covered include trail planning, soils, grades, hydrological relationships, and trail alignments, as well as trail experience concepts such as users' expectations, gateways, anchors, and trail flow. Students will learn to understand the humanity in a trail: what makes one trail more enjoyable and satisfying than another. After discussing and analyzing existing trails, participants will have the opportunity to design a new trail segment. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-layout-designpart-2-trail-u-742

September 15-17, 2013 — Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit

  • Franklin, PA
  • The Summit is a three-day event to share successes, partner on challenges, ask questions, and offer lessons learned. Designed for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, trail builders, businesses that provide goods & services, park and recreation professionals, conservationists, and volunteers. The Summit offers educational sessions, mobile workshops, networking opportunities, and many chances to explore downtown Franklin and the trails, waterways, and conservation easements of northwest PA. Presented by: Council on Greenways & Trails, Oil Region Alliance, Business, Industry and Tourism, Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
  • Info: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/conservation/greenways/greenwaysummit/index.htm

September 16, 2013 — Oregon Transportation Summit

  • Portland, OR
  • The Oregon Transportation Summit brings together Oregon’s academic and practicing transportation professionals to advance the state of the art by accelerating new research into practice and shaping the agenda for future research. The summit features a plenary session, a luncheon program and a variety of workshop sessions. OTREC produces the summit in partnership with the Portland Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Oregon Section of the Institute for Transportation Engineers.
  • Info: see website

September 16-19, 2013 — 26th World Canals Conference

  • Toulouse, France
  • This event will bring together canal and inland waterway specialists from all over the world. The Topics of the Conference are: 1. Canals as living heritage to be preserved 2. Canals as ecosystems 3. History of the Canal des Deux Mers (compared to other canals worldwide) 4. Canals and the economy: transport and tourism 5. Waterway networks: analysis of the current situation 6. Governance of inland waterways: towards new models 7. Waterway development strategies
  • Info: http://www.wcc13.com/en/

September 16-20, 2013 — Public Lands Partnership Academy

  • Online, blended learning (using AdobeConnect platform)
  • This five-day academy is designed to engage leadership from nonprofit partner organizations along with key agency staff. Participants will focus on taking their partnerships to the next level through a free exchange of ideas and experiences among peers within the context of the online training process. Seasoned presenters will provide 16 hours of in-depth instruction, facilitated dialogue, and curated readings.
  • Info: http://www.appl.org

September 19-22, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Des Moines, IA
  • Hosted by: Central Iowa Trails Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

September 21, 2013 — Trail Layout & Design

  • Minnewaska, NY
  • This workshop is devoted to establishing guidelines for laying out a safe, exciting, and ecologically sound trail. Topics covered include trail planning, soils, grades, hydrological relationships, and trail alignments, as well as trail experience concepts such as users' expectations, gateways, anchors, and trail flow. Students will learn to understand the humanity in a trail: what makes one trail more enjoyable and satisfying than another. After discussing and analyzing existing trails, participants will have the opportunity to design a new trail segment. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-layout-design

September 23-27, 2013 — Partnership Convention & Trade Show: The Art of Partnerships

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Join nonprofit leadership and agency partners for three days of shared learning to strengthen your partnership competencies and mission effectiveness. This annual gathering of the public lands community provides educational offerings related to partnerships, leadership and governance, membership and fundraising, educational programming, and sales and engagement. The two-day trade show features educational and retail product and service exhibitors that not only understand the uniqueness of nonprofit operations but also share a passion for our public lands.
  • Info: http://www.appl.org

September 24-25, 2013 — Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

  • Dubuque, IA
  • Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is intended for community leaders representing local government, business, non-profits, and schools. This year’s event, sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply, GE Lighting and other corporate sponsors, will directly precede the Iowa League of Cities’ annual conference, also at the Grand River Center.
  • Info: read more...

September 24-25, 2013 — Sustainable Trails For All Conference

  • Greenfield, NH
  • With the upcoming release of the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, communities and land trusts need to know how to sustainably build hiking trails that provide access for everyone. This important conference will help you understand the guidelines and will provide an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills needed to build sustainable hiking trails that provide enjoyment for all. Conference will be held on the campus of Crotched Mountain Foundation.
  • Info: http://www.crotchedmountain.org/sustainabletrails/

September 25, 2013 — Webinar: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Management Planning - Part 1 of 3

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • This is the first in the American Trails series of three webinars on trail maintenance management presented by Kim Frederick of Chinook Associates LLC. If you already have a Trail Maintenance Management Plan this webinar will present some ideas on how you might improve it. If you are considering developing one, you will get information to consider so you can make good decisions about how you might best move forward with the development of your plan. CEUs are being offered for this webinar.
  • Info: www.americantrails.org/resources/ManageMaintain/webinar-frederick-trail-maintenance-management-planning.html

September 25-26, 2013 — 70th Annual Vermont Governor’s Conference on Recreation

  • Fairlee, VT
  • From its beginning in 1943, the Vermont Governor's Conference on Recreation has been designed to bring together Vermonters who share an interest in parks, trails, recreation, open space & leisure opportunities. Includes "How Sustainable Trail Designs Create Memorable User Experiences" presented by Josh Ryan, Trail Designer/Builder, Timber and Stone, LLC.
  • Info: http://www.vrpa.org/conferences.html

September 26, 2013 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Charleston, WV
  • Advocacy Advance workshops are designed to provide the knowledge, skills and resources to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources at the state, regional and local level to build bicycling and walking infrastructure and programs. With a focus on the new transportation bill, Navigating MAP-21 Workshop participants will learn how to maximize funding in the new Transportation Alternatives program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

September 26, 2013 — Webinar: Road Safety Audits and How to Use Them to Promote Bicyclist Safety

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
  • This presentation will cover consideration of bicyclists in the Road Safety Audit process and review some successful applications of this process that lead to improved conditions for cyclists. An RSA is a formal safety examination of an existing or future roadway or off-road facility and is conducted by an independent, experienced, multidisciplinary team. The presentation will describe the content of the Federal Highway Administration's Bicycle Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists, which provide transportation agencies and RSA teams with a better understanding of the safety of cyclists in the transportation system when conducting an RSA.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/513101490 

September 26-29, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Hosted by: Linn Area Mtn Bike Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

September 28, 2013 — Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) Symposium

  • Sanford, FL
  • The US Forest Service, along with the Florida Trail Association and the Florida Outdoor Recreation Coalition is hosting the FNST Symposium to highlight its 30th Anniversary and future plans for one of Florida’s most remarkable trails. During the past 30 years the FNST has grown to over 1,000 designated miles through the dedicated work of countless volunteers and land managing agencies. This year’s symposium will highlight future plans that will make the FNST an even greater outdoor experience in the next 30 years.
  • Info: http://www.florc.org/

Past events from August 2013

August 1, 2013 —Access Board Webinar: Accessible Transportation Facilities

  • Online webinar: 2:30 – 4:00 (ET)
  • review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for transportation facilities, including rail stations and bus stops and stations. This session will cover requirements for boarding platforms and areas, bus shelters, signage, public address systems, and other elements and spaces of transportation facilities. Questions for the webinar can be submitted in advance through this website.
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/Schedule/#nextSession

August 1, 2013 —How Highway Safety Funds Can Boost Safe Routes to School

August 1-4, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Houghton, MI
  • Hosted by: Copper Harbor Trails Club. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

August 1-4, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Arvilla, ND
  • Hosted by: Turtle River State Park. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=323&reset=1

August 3, 2013 — Intro to Trail Maintenance

  • Ossining, NY
  • This indoor/outdoor training session covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-trail-maintenance-trail-u-738

August 4, 2013 — Trail Structures workshop: Sidehilling

August 8, 2013 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Advocacy Advance workshops are designed to provide the knowledge, skills and resources to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources at the state, regional and local level to build bicycling and walking infrastructure and programs. With a focus on the new transportation bill, Navigating MAP-21 Workshop participants will learn how to maximize funding in the new Transportation Alternatives program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

August 8-11, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Wausau, WI
  • Hosted by: CWOCC. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

August 9-11, 2013 — National Open Streets Training

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Now is your chance to jump-start Open Streets in your community. The Open Streets Project is excited to partner with the American College of Sports Medicine to announce the first ever National Open Streets Training in Minneapolis, August 9th – 11th. Open Streets initiatives — also known as Ciclovias, Sunday Streets and Streets Alive — temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for healthy and fun physical activities like walking, jogging, biking and dancing.
  • Info: http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/blog/4553/

August 10, 2013 — Trail Layout & Design

  • Sterling Forest, NY
  • Come learn what makes a great hiking trail experience and how to lay out a safe, exciting, and ecologically sound trail. Gain new skills and understand concepts such as users' expectations, erosion-planning, grades, alignments and trail flow. You will have the opportunity to help design a new trail segment of the Doris Duke Trail at Sterling Forest State Park.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-u-719-trail-layout-design

August 10, 2013 — Advanced Trail Maintenance

  • Dutchess County, NY
  • This one-day crew work and training session provides the skills necessary to carry out intermediate maintenance with a crew on a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn and carry out a variety of tasks as the trails demands including assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, water and erosion control and proper use of tools. Be prepared to spend the day on the trail. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-trail-maintenance-trail-u-738

August 12, 2013 — Webinar 2: Panel Discussion on Transportation Alternatives Program

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
  • "Panel Discussion of Agencies that Have Implemented TAP" -- Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) webinar series sponsored by the FHWA Office of Human Environment. Due to high demand, we added another webinar that will cover the same materials in the first webinar, Final TAP Guidance and Qs & As. Additional space is still available for webinars 2 and 3. Registration is required to participate in the webinar. The registration link is provided below. Space is limited; however each webinar will be recorded.
  • Info: https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=26336

August 12-16, 2013 — Basic Wildland Firefighter Training

  • Gainesville, FL
  • This course prepares the individual to participate in wildland fire management/fire suppression activities as a Firefighter Type II qualified fire crew. •Participants must complete the I-100 course online (2-4 hours of training) and bring proof of completion on August 12. •Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be classroom instruction at the Waccasassa Forestry Center in Gainesville; Thursday will be an all-day field exercise at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station.
  • Info: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5687078204?ref=ebtn

August 13-15, 2013 — Safe Routes to School National Conference

  • Sacramento, CA
  • There will be something for everybody, from veteran experts to smart growth novices, with over 50 sessions and workshops to choose from. Learn from renowned experts as well as those working in the trenches on these issues. Representatives of communities across the country will come together across disciplines to share insights, valuable tools and strategies for making Safe Routes to School a success in your community.
  • Info: http://saferoutesconference.org/

August 14, 2013 — Content Strategy for Public Land Websites: Engagement

  • Online Webinar (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • Explore capabilities of your Web site as you learn the secrets for engaging members and donors, through not only your Web site, but also social media. Hosted by Association of Partners for Public Lands.
  • Info: http://www.appl.org

August 17, 2013 — Trail Tread & Drainage

  • Ossining, NY
  • Water management is a crucial aspect of trail design and construction. Topics covered in this course include sidehill trail construction, grade reversals, and rolling grade dips, as well as how to retrofit drainage properly into existing trails, with dips, swales, and waterbars. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-tread-drainage-trail-u-739

August 18, 2013 — Sterling Forest Trails Project Orientation

  • Sterling Forest, NY
  • Join us for an on-site walking tour orientation of the Sterling Forest Trails Project. Learn about our work plans for how we are going to restore the land we have fought to preserve. Discover trail restoration, building and design techniques. Meet our Americorps crew members. Find out how you can get involved. Following the orientation, we will be holding an introductory Tool Use and Safety class. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-trail-maintenance-trail-u-738

August 21, 2013 — Getting Better Data for Better Decisions

August 22-25, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Boyne Falls, MI
  • Hosted by: TOMMBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

August 24, 2013 — Trail Structures

  • Ossining, NY
  • This course covers all types of constructed trail features, their purpose and use, and their effect on the trail experience. Emphasis will be placed on how each structure must fit into its location and how trail structures'architecture can affect hikers' experience. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-structures-trail-u-740

August 25-29, 2013 — Comprehensive Bicycle Planning & Design Course

  • Portland, OR
  • It will cover the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience. Instructors will integrate transit access and connections, bridges, trail crossings, and other special features into discussions, while using project examples to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Effective education and encouragement programs, including public involvement strategies, will also be discussed.
  • Info: http://otrec.us/events/entry/comprehensive_bicycle_planning_design_course_ibpi

August 26, 2013 — Growing a World-Class Cycling Culture: Lessons from Quebec

  • Portland, OR
  • Lecturer Jean-François Pronovost is vice president, development and public affairs for Vélo Québec, where he works on the focus, strategy and development of new projects and partnerships. From 1989 to 2010, he was the executive director of the association division of Vélo Québec. The Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design is among the many technical publications he has edited. Since 1995, he has been involved with the development of the Route Verte, a 5,000-kilometer bike route across Québec, and with the launch of several active transportation initiatives in collaboration with municipalities and the school network.
  • Info: http://otrec.us/events/entry/niles_lecture_pronovost

August 28, 2013 — Webinar 4: Transportation Alternatives Program - Final Guidance and Qs & As

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
  • "Final TAP Guidance and Qs & As" -- Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) webinar series sponsored by the FHWA Office of Human Environment. Due to high demand, we added another webinar that will cover the same materials in the first webinar, Final TAP Guidance and Qs & As. Additional space is still available for webinars 2 and 3. Registration is required to participate in the webinar. The registration link is provided below. Space is limited; however each webinar will be recorded.
  • Info: https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=26403

August 29, 2013 — Webinar 3: Transportation Alternatives Program - Program Performance

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
  • "Outreach and Discussion on Program Performance Information" -- Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) webinar series sponsored by the FHWA Office of Human Environment. Due to high demand, we added another webinar that will cover the same materials in the first webinar, Final TAP Guidance and Qs & As. Additional space is still available for webinars 2 and 3. Registration is required to participate in the webinar. The registration link is provided below. Space is limited; however each webinar will be recorded.
  • Info: https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=26331

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Bethel, ME
  • Hosted by: Mahoosuc Pathways. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Montague, MI
  • Hosted by: MEMBA. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

August 30, 2013 — Webinar: From the Driveway to the Trailhead – the Missing Link

  • American Trails Online Webinar: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Often community trails are developed independently of transportation systems such as neighborhood streets, roads, and transit systems. This session will explore the elements of street design, the value of local and regional partnerships, and the use of advocacy that can help to make your community more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. The presenters will relate the success and experience of expanding the traditional trail organization into an effective multi-modal initiative to get improved trail, sidewalks, bike lanes and the community support for such in your community.
  • Info: www.americantrails.org/resources/trans/webinar-whaley-home-to-trails.html

August 31, 2013 — Trail Layout & Design--PART 1

  • Ossining, NY
  • This workshop is devoted to establishing guidelines for laying out a safe, exciting, and ecologically sound trail. Topics covered include trail planning, soils, grades, hydrological relationships, and trail alignments, as well as trail experience concepts such as users' expectations, gateways, anchors, and trail flow. Students will learn to understand the humanity in a trail: what makes one trail more enjoyable and satisfying than another. After discussing and analyzing existing trails, participants will have the opportunity to design a new trail segment. Presented by New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-layout-designpart-1-trail-u-741

Past events from July 2013

July 11, 2013 — Ice Age Trail University Session 2

July 11-14, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Hosted by: Routt County Riders. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=306

July 11-14, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Missoula, MT
  • Hosted by: MTB Missoula. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

July 13-14, 2013 — Tahoe Trail Skills College

  • Truckee, CA
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service invite you to the Tahoe Trail Skills College! This is a free, two-day event open to anyone with the desire to learn more about how to care for their local trails. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from the Trail Skills College and all are welcome to attend. Track 1: Basic Trail Maintenance (Courses 100 and 102) – Track 2: Tread and Drainage (Courses 201 and 203) – Track 3: Waterbars and Checks (Course 203) – Track 4: Tread Reconstruction (Course 205)
  • Info: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer/trail-skills-college/tahoe/

July 18-20, 2013 — 2013 NATIONAL Equestrian Trails Conference

  • Rock Hill, SC
  • The country’s largest equestrian-only trails conference, focusing on resource management, land manager relationships, conservation ethics and youth involvement. National experts in trail development and management, land manager partnerships, federal regulatory processes in land management, responsible trail maintenance processes, mulit-user trail relationships and more will be featured.
  • Info: www.southeasternequestriantrails.com

July 18, 2013 — Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

  • Bentonville, AR
  • Advocacy Advance workshops are designed to provide the knowledge, skills and resources to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources at the state, regional and local level to build bicycling and walking infrastructure and programs. With a focus on the new transportation bill, Navigating MAP-21 Workshop participants will learn how to maximize funding in the new Transportation Alternatives program and utilize all MAP-21 funding programs for bicycle and pedestrian projects at the state and local levels.
  • Info: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/trainings

July 18-21, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Duluth, MN
  • Hosted by: COGGS. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=315&reset=1

July 18-21, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Red Lodge, MT
  • Hosted by: Pedal Your Bike Montana. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

July 24, 2013 — Webinar: Estimating Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic

  • Onine Webinar: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Building Evidence for Active Transportation: Many approaches and technologies for counting bicyclists and pedestrians exist, new technologies are being developed rapidly, and new information about the effectiveness of these new technologies is being published. This webinar will highlight information from a recently published brief, Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians to Inform Transportation Planning, to show planners, engineers, and other practitioners the best available methods for estimating bicycle and pedestrian traffic in cities and towns.
  • Info: http://www.ite.org/education/webinars_alr.asp

July 25-28, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Woodbur,y MN
  • Hosted by: Minnesota Off Road Cyclists. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=314&reset=1

July 27-28, 2013 — Wilderness First Aid

  • Cold Spring, NY
  • Learn how to handle common injuries and illnesses when medical care by emergency medical services may not be easily accessible. An excellent course for anyone who works, travels, or enjoys recreational activities in the wilderness, this course will teach students what to do in the event of an emergency and how to administer the most appropriate treatment. Both days feature classroom time with follow-up field work in the woods. Participants who pass testing will receive Wilderness First Aid certification through the American Red Cross. Current CPR certification is required.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-u-703-wilderness-first-aid

July 28-31, 2013 — Horse Trail Design School

  • Mt Vernon, WI
  • The Wisconsin State Horse Council presents our 8th Trail Master Certification course presented by Trail Design Specialists, inc. This course will cover the latest advances in trail design, construction and maintenance with a focus on long term sustainability and ease of maintenance. The course consists of three interactive classroom sessions on Trail Design and Layout, Trail Construction, Trail Maintenance, and Crew Leadership.
  • Info: http://wisconsinhorsecouncil.org/index.php?page=detail&post_id=3824

July 29, 2013 — Leave No Trace Training

  • New York, NY
  • Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-u-722-leave-no-trace

July 31, 2013 — Webinar: Collaboration and Public Participation in Outdoor Recreation Planning

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm EDTCollaborative approaches to outdoor recreation planning are growing as agencies create more meaningful opportunities for citizens and stakeholders to participate in planning and management decisions. After years of legal challenges and policy gridlock, public agencies have learned that increasing community participation can lead to more effective and long-lasting decisions. Featured speakers include Cindy Mendoza (CPRP), Project Manager with MIG, Inc., specializing in comprehensive, strategic and master planning for parks, recreation facilities, natural areas, and trails, and Steve Selin (Ph.D), Professor in the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources Program at West Virginia University.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6105320140237840128

Past events from June 2013

June 1, 2013 — National Trails Day

June 5, 2013 — Webinar: Bikeway Design in Context: Determining the right facility for the right street

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) NACTO and APBP are collaborating to make cities safer places to bicycle. Sessions will focus on intersection treatments, contextual guidance and raised cycle tracks, with examples drawn from NACTO cities. The first session, Bikeway Design at Intersections, provides an overview of the intersection treatments in the NACTO guide, including bike boxes, bicycle signals and mixing zones, and analyzes how to resolve and mitigate several complex intersection design problems that commonly arise. Safe, effective intersection design requires visibility and predictability among all street users.
  • Info: information and registration website

June 6, 2013 — National Trails Training Partnership Meeting

  • Arlington, VA at Ballston Metro
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the meeting of the coalition of organizations, agencies, businesses, and communities committed to making training for trails and greenways skills more available. This meeting is sponsored by American Trails and the Recreational Trails Program of the FHWA. The meeting is open to the public to share new ideas, opportunities, and concerns with trail-related training - Identify goals for the National Trails Training Partnership in 2013 - Identify actions for agencies and organizations in supporting training.
  • Info: http://www.snowiasa.org/

June 6-8, 2013 — International Snowmobile Congress

  • Green Bay, WI
  • Organized by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations with cosponsorship from FHWA's Recreational Trails Program. The ISC brings together snowmobile and groomer manufacturers, leaders of snowmobile organizations, grassroots snowmobilers, snowmobile publication staff, snowmobile administrators, government representatives, and other people interested in snowmobiling.
  • Info: http://www.snowiasa.org/

June 13, 2013 — Webinar: webinar about the Federal Lands Access Program

  • Online Webinar: 2 p.m. Eastern Time
  • The Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) is a new funding source under the new federal transportation bill, MAP-21, for which bicycle and pedestrian projects connecting to public lands are eligible. Join this webinar to learn the rules of this program, the application process in your state and how advocates can partner with local agency staff to win funding.
  • Info: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/805032096

June 17-21, 2013 — Accessibility Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

  • Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
  • Sessions will include discussions of the characteristics and needs of people with disabilities, legislative mandates and litigation, accessibility standards and common errors, the application of universal design to park and recreation environments, program access, considerations for conducting accessibility assessments, visitor use and marketing, and comprehensive planning. Examples and best practices in accessibility management will be presented throughout the sessions. A field exercise will give participants an opportunity to practice conducting an accessibility assessment along with discussing considerations for prioritization of physical and programmatic barrier removal.
  • Info: http://www.ncaonline.org/events/access_management_06-2013.shtml

June 18-19, 2013 — Sustainable Trails For All Conference

  • Greenfield, NH
  • With the upcoming release of the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, communities and land trusts need to know how to sustainably build hiking trails that provide access for everyone. This important conference will help you understand the guidelines and will provide an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills needed to build sustainable hiking trails that provide enjoyment for all.
  • Info: http://www.crotchedmountain.org/sustainabletrails/

June 19-22, 2013 — Bicycle Urbanism Symposium

  • Seattle, WA
  • Participants will explore the way that cities can best encourage and accomodate bicycle travel in the future. Speakers from around the globe will lead sessions on topics including: imagining the 20-30 year future of bicycle-friendly cities, integrating bicycling into urban planning and design, effects of bike use on health and environment, policies for developing bicycle infrastructure and programs, best practices in bicycle facility design and implementation, advances in bicycle and gear technology and economic contributions, and implementing bicycle policies and plans-education, registration, finance, political, and public acceptance.
  • Info: http://faculty.washington.edu/abassok/bikeurb/

June 26, 2013 — Webinar: Next Generation Bikeway Design: Raised cycle tracks

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) NACTO and APBP are collaborating to make cities safer places to bicycle. Sessions will focus on intersection treatments, contextual guidance and raised cycle tracks, with examples drawn from NACTO cities. The first session, Bikeway Design at Intersections, provides an overview of the intersection treatments in the NACTO guide, including bike boxes, bicycle signals and mixing zones, and analyzes how to resolve and mitigate several complex intersection design problems that commonly arise. Safe, effective intersection design requires visibility and predictability among all street users.
  • Info: information and registration website

June 26-30, 2013 — United Four Wheel Drive Association Convention

  • Manitou Springs, CO
  • Meeting will be held Wednesday and Thursday with dinner Wednesday night at the Trading post in the beautiful outdoor Pavilion. Friday and Saturday we will be leading several trips on our wonderful trails that we have to offer in the area so be sure to bring your rigs. Manitou Springs offers many site seeing opportunities, outdoor adventures and family activities.
  • Info: http://www.ufwda.org/events/agm/

June 27, 2013 — Wyoming Trails Summit

  • Casper, WY
  • “Making the Connection” will be the theme of the first-ever Wyoming Trails Summit, which will emphasize the connection between trails and health, transportation, recreation, and tourism, according to event organizers. This inaugural event will offer a great opportunity for community leaders, planners, engineers and users from all over Wyoming to come together and discuss the vital connection between trails and health, transportation and tourism.
  • Info: http://www.platteriverparkway.org/

Past events from May 2013

May 2, 2013 — WEBINAR: Surveys and Outdoor Recreation Planning

  • Online webinar: 1 PM EST
  • A Sampling of Methods, Examples, and Lessons Learned from Recent SCORP Planning Efforts- Sponsored by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals. Join in on the discussion of how to effectively engage the public (and other stakeholders) and learn practical insight about survey methods, examples of effective surveys, and lessons learned from respected academics and practitioners from the outdoor recreation field. Whether you’re thinking about embarking on survey efforts as part of a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), or reflecting on past surveys and how to improve them in the future, this webinar will provide you with some essential tools to move forward. This webinar is free of charge and is open to the public.
  • Info: Brenda Adams-Weyant, SORP Association Manager at Brenda@RecPro.org and provide her with your name and email address

May 2-5, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Yreka, CA
  • Hosted by: Jefferson Mountain Bike Assn. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=290&reset=1

May 3-4, 2013 — Crew Chef Training

  • Cripple Creek, CO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is hosting an introductory crew chef training for people interested in cooking for volunteers in some of the most spectacular places in Colorado. This training is for new AND current crew leaders. During crew chef training you will learn safe food handling and preparation practices; how to manage a team of volunteer crew chefs; how to plan simple menus for large and small groups; how to manage the budget and donated items; and how to get around the Operations center and pack for a project.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=opportunities&action=view2&fwID=20718

May 4, 2013 — Massachusetts Trail Conference

  • Devens, MA
  • Connectivity Leading to Community - This year’s conference explores how trail connections help build community. Trails connect places physically on the landscape, but trails, trail use, trail building and trail promotion can also connect diverse groups of people to each other; connect us to our built, natural and cultural environment; can contribute to local economic opportunities; and contribute to creating healthier communities. Workshops at the 2013 Massachusetts Trail Conference explore these themes and hopefully will also connect and strengthen the Massachusetts Trails Community.
  • Info: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/greenway/calendar.htm

May 4, 2013 — MSF Adventure Dirt Bike School

  • Oakland, MD and Spring Mills, PA
  • Our emphasis is on safety, the fundamentals of riding, and our commitment to making off-road riding a safe, fun activity that the entire family can enjoy together, even when your family members have different riding skills. This course consists of 8 hours of off-road motorcycle riding instruction on a closed range course that has been groomed for beginners, yet has challenging areas for more advanced riders to hone their skills. If you are considering learning to ride a motorcycle, learning to ride off-road, or would just like to hone the basics even if you've been riding for a while, this is for you-- and it's certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation!
  • Info: http://www.xplor-int.com/Pages/Calander.aspx

May 4-5, 2013 — Salida Crew Leadership for Trails Training

  • Salida, CO
  • The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) will present an exciting training program for trail crew leadership. This two-day training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

May 8-10, 2013 — California Trails and Greenways Conference

  • Lake Tahoe, CA
  • The Conference provides trail professionals, advocates, volunteers and users with a venue for sharing practical, up-to-date trail management and advocacy skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, inter-connected, sustainable non-motorized trail systems. For 28 years, this investment of knowledge by California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation has helped ensure trail stewardship and leadership for generations to come.
  • Info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24151

May 8-10, 2013 — 2013 Your Town Alabama Workshop

  • Camp McDowell, AL
  • The “Your Town” workshop focuses on an important aspect of community spirit and community integrity: the process of design. The workshop aims specifically to introduce small town and rural technical assistance providers and decision makers to the role of design in community planning.
  • Info: http://www.yourtownalabama.com/workshop-registration/

May 9-12, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • La Grande, OR
  • Hosted by: Blue Mountain Singletrack Trails Club. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=298&reset=1

May 10, 2013 — Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit

  • Columbus, OH
  • The past two years, there has been a driving force across the nation to increase the number of women to ride bikes. One of these driving forces: the first Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit (OWBS). The OWBS has set out to increase ridership among women in Ohio by bringing in renowned guest speakers from across the state to present on topics that have historically kept women away from bicycles.
  • Info: http://www.considerbiking.org/activities/ohio-womens-bicycling-summit/

May 10-12, 2013 — Crosscut Saw Skills Training and Certification Workshop

  • Shawnee, CO
  • Certification will basically be a recommendation that must be approved by each local agency or land manager where work with saws will be performed. In Forest Service language, we will be focusing on training and certifying sawyers at the "A" and "B" Sawyer level for bucking, and limbing activities. Felling techniques will be covered in the classroom session, but because the emphasis is on clearing trails, felling with a crosscut will be limited. Those that demonstrate the ability to safely and confidently handle intermediate sawing situations utilizing approved Forest Service procedures may be certified at the "B Sawyer" level.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

May 11, 2013 — Cheyenne Mountain Timber Step Construction Skills Training

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Timber steps are used in trail construction to allow for a quick elevation gain where grade standards would otherwise be exceeded. Steps help make the trail easier and safer to hike, and they help control erosion over the long term. Instrcutors will walk particpants through the step by step process of building cribbed steps. The training will consentrate on creating consistent slope, unform risers and sustainable tread.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

May 11, 2013 — Master Trail Builder Course

  • Republic, MO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri provides an overview of maintenance for hiking trails. Outline who are the best friends of trail workers. Identify the Natural Forces at work on the trail and how can you as a trail maintainer overcome them. Working hands on with the tools a trail maintainer will use. Focus on the safety factors that must be in place during the project. Demonstrate and explain the basic steps in maintaining a hiking trail and the use of the tools to perform these tasks. Instructors are Robert Crampton and Ann Books-Crampton.
  • Info: http://www.vfom.org/

May 13, 2013 —Trail Design and Layout

  • Fairbanks, AK
  • This interactive advanced module is a continuing education lesson for natural resource professionals and technicians who have been through Alaska Trails' "Introduction to Sustainable Trails" training. This advanced class is designed to acquaint the trainee with a rational process for establishing the design standards for any given trail, the best approach to routing and laying out the trail on the ground, and the risks associated with deviating from that approach. Emphasis is given to "reading the ground" to assess its suitability for any particular type of trail or use. Half of the day will be in class and half in the field.
  • Info: www.alaska-trails.org/trail_teachers/courses.shtml

May 14, 2013 — Slope Structures and Trail Stability

  • Fairbanks, AK
  • This interactive advanced module is a continuing education lesson for natural resource professionals and technicians who have been through Alaska Trails' "Introduction to Sustainable Trails" training. This advanced class is designed to acquaint the trainee with both the structural nature of a trail and the variety of structures that may be used to improve trail and slope stability. Half of the day will be in class and half in the field.
  • Info: www.alaska-trails.org/trail_teachers/courses.shtml

May 16-19, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Alpine, OR
  • Hosted by: Team Dirt. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=299&reset=1

May 19-23, 2013 — 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

  • Traverse City, MI
  • Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals sponsors this joint forum in cooperation with the second annual Forests for People Conference. The theme is “A Bridge to Prosperity” highlighting ways the outdoor recreation profession (planning, management, research, and policy) is a bridge, connector and catalyst for prosperity through: Tourism, jobs, health and wellness, personal enjoyment and recreation; Education, environmental values, environmental stewardship; and Rural economic development and sustainable communities. The joint conference will explore Health, Recreation and Tourism (issues of human health, outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism); Urban and Rural Landscapes (ecosystem services, economic benefit and development, spaces and places for living); and Culture and Education.
  • Info: http://www.recpro.org/2013-sorp-ffp-conference

May 20-21, 2013 — Trail Design and Layout

  • Anchorage, AK
  • This course, which will incorporate the “Advanced Turns Module,” will be taught at the BP Energy Center, 900 E Benson Blvd. This class acquaints the trainee with a rational process for establishing the design standards for any given trail, the best approach to routing and laying out the trail on the ground, and the risks associated with deviating from that approach. Emphasis is given to "reading the ground" to assess its suitability for any particular type of trail or use. Mike Shields will be teaching this course. Mike is a retired National Park Service Chief of Maintenance with exceptional trail experience in seven western parks including Denali and has been teaching this class and others since 1972.
  • Info: www.alaska-trails.org/trail_teachers/courses.shtml

May 23-24, 2013 — 2013 Tennessee Bike Summit

  • Memphis, TN
  • Rhodes College in Midtown Memphis will be hosting the Summit this year. TDOT is the Platinum Sponsor. Last year, Tennessee ranked 26th out of 50 states in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly States list. To continue building momentum and success in our state, the 2013 Tennessee Bike Summit will serve as an opportunity to share successes, challenges, and strategies for moving Tennessee forward as a bike-friendly state.
  • Info: http://www.tnbikesummit.org/

May 25, 2013 — Master Trail Builder Course

  • Republic, MO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri provides an overview of maintenance for hiking trails. Outline who are the best friends of trail workers. Identify the Natural Forces at work on the trail and how can you as a trail maintainer overcome them. Working hands on with the tools a trail maintainer will use. Focus on the safety factors that must be in place during the project. Demonstrate and explain the basic steps in maintaining a hiking trail and the use of the tools to perform these tasks. Instructors are Robert Crampton and Ann Books-Crampton.
  • Info: http://www.vfom.org/

May 29, 2013 — Webinar: Provide Underserved Communities Access to Public Lands

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
  • Participants will learn about ongoing regional planning processes for providing access to Public Lands for underserved communities and gain ideas for planning techniques to use in their region. This presentation will be a high-level overview of techniques using examples and not a step-by-step guide for deploying this in your region. Course goals are to: *Discuss the importance of getting underserved communities to Public Land; *Learn about research related to recreation preferences of underserved communities; *Discuss how regional, cross-jurisdictional, multi-agency planning can benefit Public Lands.
  • Info: information and registration website

June 5, 2013 — Webinar: Bikeway Design at Intersections

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) NACTO and APBP are collaborating to make cities safer places to bicycle. Sessions will focus on intersection treatments, contextual guidance and raised cycle tracks, with examples drawn from NACTO cities. The first session, Bikeway Design at Intersections, provides an overview of the intersection treatments in the NACTO guide, including bike boxes, bicycle signals and mixing zones, and analyzes how to resolve and mitigate several complex intersection design problems that commonly arise. Safe, effective intersection design requires visibility and predictability among all street users.
  • Info: information and registration website

May 30 - June 2, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Port Gamble, WA
  • Hosted by: North Kitsap Trails Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=300&reset=1

Past events from April 2013

April 4-7, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Idyllwild, CA
  • Hosted by: Idyllwild Cycling. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=276&reset=1

April 9, 2013 — Accessing Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects under MAP-21

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) law has changed many of the familiar routes for funding bicycle and pedestrian programs and infrastructure. But funding is still available. This presentation is intended to help pedestrian and bicycle officials learn how to use MAP-21 funding programs at the state and local levels. Speakers Darren Flusche, with the Bike League, and Peter Lagerwey, with Toole Design Group, will discuss ways to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources to build bicycling and walking projects, as well as how to leverage the new Transportation Alternatives program
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/314266834

April 9, 2013 — Webinar: How to Select Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Sites

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sponsored by FHWA. Governmental agencies have been and are beginning to allocate funding to non-motorized data collection programs but how do agencies select counting locations? During this webinar, several suggestions on how to select bicycle and pedestrian counting sites will be discussed. Research project findings, strategic plan development, and how to implement a site selection process to strategically select the best sites for counting will be included in this webinar. Everyone is welcome and your participation will be greatly appreciated.
  • Info: http://www.planning.dot.gov/event.asp?date=4/9/2013

April 11, 2013 — Working with Youth Training

  • Denver, CO
  • Learn fun and effective ways to engage youth of all ages in the outdoors. Learn about team building, developmental stages, comfort zones, appropriate outdoor activities, motivating youth, and more. Come prepared to have fun and learn new games and icebreakers to fill your "toolbox." This is a free, evening training! Outdoor Stewardship Institute.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=opportunities&action=view2&fwID=20677

April 11, 2013 — Southeast Regional Bicycle Safety Summit

  • Tampa, FL, Tampa Convention Center
  • he Bicycle Safety Summit will bring together Federal, state and local officials, planners, designers, engineers, law enforcement, safety experts and others throughout the bicycle community to identify innovative ideas for improving bicycle safety in your community. Demonstrations of safe cycling – including helmet fittings, communication strategies, and hands-on training. Regional and local experts will further explore bicycle safety issues in the afternoon with discussions on the Built Environment, Law Enforcement, and Education/Awareness.
  • Info: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLbikesummit

April 11-12, 2013 — Kentucky WALK BIKE Summit

  • Frankfort, KY
  • The KY Rails to Trails Council is excited to host Kentucky’s first statewide Walk/Bike Summit with our presenting sponsor McDonald's of Frankfort. The Summit will bring together advocates, professionals and local leaders to share success stories and discuss ways to advance bicycling and walking across the state. Our goal is to include inspirational speakers, to share national, state and local perspectives, and to including topics of interest to both rural and urban areas of Kentucky, including small towns and larger cities. We hope the conference will be relevant to those new to bicycling and walking initiatives as well as those working in the field for some time.
  • Info: http://kywalkbikesummit.com/?page_id=207

April 12, 2013 — Grand Junction Ecological Restoration Skills Training

  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Ecological restoration can be challenging in an environment that receives little to no precipitation throughout the year. Training participants will learn restoration and naturalization techniques useful in desert environments. Instructors will be teaching various techniques including; re-contouring, visual components of naturalization, erosion control, transplanting and re-seeding. The training will take place in the field. Sponsored by Outdoor Stewardship Institute.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=opportunities&action=view2&fwID=20777

April 13-14, 2013 — Green Mountain Crew Leadership for Trails Training

  • Lakewood, CO
  • The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) will present an exciting training program for trail crew leadership. This two-day training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=opportunities&action=view2&fwID=20692

April 12-13, 2013 — Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

  • Amherst, MA
  • The theme: Pathways to Sustainability. Held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.
  • Info: http://blogs.umass.edu/faboslgpconf/

April 13, 2013 — Master Trail Builder Course

  • Republic, MO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri provides an overview of maintenance for hiking trails. Outline who are the best friends of trail workers. Identify the Natural Forces at work on the trail and how can you as a trail maintainer overcome them. Working hands on with the tools a trail maintainer will use. Focus on the safety factors that must be in place during the project. Demonstrate and explain the basic steps in maintaining a hiking trail and the use of the tools to perform these tasks. Instructors are Robert Crampton and Ann Books-Crampton.
  • Info: http://www.vfom.org/

April 13-14, 2013 — Crew Chef Training

  • Lakewood, CO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is hosting an introductory crew chef training for people interested in cooking for volunteers in some of the most spectacular places in Colorado. This training is for new AND current crew leaders. During crew chef training you will learn safe food handling and preparation practices; how to manage a team of volunteer crew chefs; how to plan simple menus for large and small groups; how to manage the budget and donated items; and how to get around the Operations center and pack for a project .
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=opportunities&action=view2&fwID=20719

April 13-14, 2013 — Universal Trail Assessment and High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process Training

  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort, AZ
  • The Universal Trail Assessment Process and the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process are inventory processes that provide objective information about trail conditions (e.g., grade, cross slope, width). The information obtained through an assessment can be used by land managers to enhance the safety and enjoyment for trail users (by providing accurate, objective information about trail conditions). The information obtained can also be used in monitoring environmental impacts on the trail, preparing budgets, developing maintenance and construction plans, and identifying potential access barriers.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/2013/featured.html

April 14-17, 2013 — American Trails International Trails Symposium

  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort, AZ
  • American Trails brings the worldwide trails community together for an inspirational and educational conference. The Symposium addresses both nonmotorized and motorized issues and our vision for trails and greenways nationwide. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters from across America cover the top topics and state of the art technology.
  • Info: 530-547-2060 - symposium@americantrails.org - http://americantrails.org/2013/index.html

April 17-18, 2013 — Master Tread Trainer Course/Bureau Of Land Management

  • Upper Snake Field Office, Idaho Falls, ID
  • Tread Lightly!®’s Master Tread Trainer™ course is a two-day course designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistently to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation, develop an action plan for outreach in their community, and be provided with the tools to conduct a variety of learning opportunities including training Tread Trainers through an 8 hour course.
  • Info: Jason@treadlightly.org - http://treadlightly.org/programs/master-trainer-courses/

April 18, 2013 — Environmental Stewardship Educator Training

  • Denver, CO
  • Stewardship Educators inform project participants about the importance of their volunteering, either through direct or indirect environmental education, in hopes of inspiring outdoor stewardship. Environmental Stewardship Educators work closely with VOC staff on projects to convey the stewardship focus before, during, and after a project. Environmental Stewardship Educators also work with the Project Team to ensure project planning process includes a stewardship education component.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=opportunities&action=view2&fwID=20679

April 19, 2013 — Sustainable Trails 101

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Alaska Trails’ introductory course on sustainable trail building in Alaska will be taught from 4 to 9pm at the BP Energy Center, 900 E Benson Blvd. This class emphasizes sustainable design elements, trail planning, and management concepts for all trail enthusiasts. Also learn the importance of using a clinometer in a short outdoor exercise.
  • Info: www.alaska-trails.org/trail_teachers/courses.shtml

April 19-21, 2013 — MTDC Chainsaw Training and Certification Workshop for Volunteers

  • Maysville, CO
  • The focus of the training will be on sawing safety, basic bucking, limbing, and felling principles and techniques, overview of the tools of the trade, tool care and maintenance, hazard analysis and situational awareness. This MTDC course will evaluate up to a "sawyer B" this is not the same as a "B faller". A sawyer B certification will include complex binds and bucking scenarios usually associated with significant blowdown events, and limited falling. This certification allows sawyers to work without the supervision of an advanced sawyer but within the limits their own certification. A certification will still need to be in the presence of a "sawyer B" or higher.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

April 20-21, 2013 — Crew Leader Training for Ecological Restoration at Red Rocks Park

  • Golden, CO
  • Participants will learn about basic planting, seeding and erosion control, in addition to leadership techniques and tool and crew safety. All trainees will receive a Crew Leader Guide and other goodies that will make for a successful training experience. All workshop topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency habitat restoration project! This training is best for individuals who have some restoration and or crew leadership experience.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

April 22-24, 2013 — Transportation Choices Summit

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Advocates converge in Sacramento for the only scheduled mass advocacy effort to tell our legislators the importance of funding for bicycle facilities, programs like Safe Routes to School. and better bikeway design.
  • Info: http://transformca.org/choices2013

April 24-26, 2013 — Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum

  • Burns, TN - Montgomery Bell State Park
  • The 2013 Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum is a three-day educational workshop and your best opportunity to network with parks and recreation professionals and administrators in the state. Learn the latest trends in greenways and trails, make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and show your support for greenways and trails in Tennessee! "Charles Flink to be featured as Keynote Speaker.
  • Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e66g1vm8468395e8&llr=aqx85ieab

April 24-28, 2013 — Ice Age Trail University Session 1

April 25-28, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Susanville, CA
  • Hosted by: Susanville Area Bicycle Assn. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=277&reset=1

April 25, 2013 — Webinar: Transportation Planning Excellence Case Studies

  • Online webinar: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. ET
  • This is the first of three webinars, which will focus on the 2012 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program Recipients. Lake Champlain Bridge Project: initiated a complex planning process which helped decide the fate of a joint state-owned historic bridge. Sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Toward Universal Access- Leveraging Technology for ADA Compliance: Development of a tool that can quickly and accurately complete an ADA public rights-of-way condition assessment inventory. The project was sponsored by the City of Bellevue, Washington. Uptown Circle: design a traffic roundabout in the central business district of a historic area. The project was sponsored by the Town of Normal, Illinois.
  • Info: https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25926

April 26, 2013 — Webinar: Designing Bicycle Facilities

  • Online webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Cost: $299 member/ $349 non-member - American Society of Civil Engineers provides guidance on the best practices for designing a variety of bicycle facilities. Various treatments that have been implemented by public agencies to improve safety for bicyclists traveling on heavily traveled corridors in large urban areas will be discussed. Guidance will be provided on geometric design parameters for bicycle lanes, off-street bike paths and intersections. Signing and striping for bicycle facilities will be discussed, especially at locations where bicyclists have to cross heavily traveled streets and intersections.
  • Info: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/item/id/92568/q/o=t&c=79&t=2125&t=2118

April 26-28, 2013 — Colorado Springs Crew Leadership for Ecological Restoration & Trails Training

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) will present an exciting training program for ecological restoration and trail crew leadership. Our instructors are members of Rocky Mountain Field Institute and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.This three-day training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew leadership for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails and will also address ecolgical restoration. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

April 27, 2013 — Master Trail Builder Course

  • Republic, MO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri provides an overview of maintenance for hiking trails. Outline who are the best friends of trail workers. Identify the Natural Forces at work on the trail and how can you as a trail maintainer overcome them. Working hands on with the tools a trail maintainer will use. Focus on the safety factors that must be in place during the project. Demonstrate and explain the basic steps in maintaining a hiking trail and the use of the tools to perform these tasks. Instructors are Robert Crampton and Ann Books-Crampton.
  • Info: http://www.vfom.org/

April 27, 2013 — MSF Adventure Dirt Bike School

  • Oakland, MD and Spring Mills, PA
  • Our emphasis is on safety, the fundamentals of riding, and our commitment to making off-road riding a safe, fun activity that the entire family can enjoy together, even when your family members have different riding skills. This course consists of 8 hours of off-road motorcycle riding instruction on a closed range course that has been groomed for beginners, yet has challenging areas for more advanced riders to hone their skills. If you are considering learning to ride a motorcycle, learning to ride off-road, or would just like to hone the basics even if you've been riding for a while, this is for you-- and it's certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation!
  • Info: http://www.xplor-int.com/Pages/Calander.aspx

April 27-28, 2013 — San Luis Valley Leadership for Trails Training

  • Monte Vista, CO
  • The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) will present an exciting training program for trail crew leadership. This two-day training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety.
  • Info: https://fw.civicore.com/voc/index.php?section=trainingOpportunties&action=list&Itemid=306

April 29 - May 3, 2013 — American Volkssport Association 18th Biennial Convention

  • Orlando, FL
  • The18th AVA Biennial convention includes workshops, meetings, and social activities with 5 and 10K scenic walks scheduled from April 27-May 5. Mix and mingle with volkssporters from all over the nation at the nation’s largest walker’s convention. The Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel will house the activities and serve as the convention headquarters.
  • Info: http://www.ava.org, Conventions link

Past events from March 2013

March 2-3, 2013 — Master Tread Trainer Course/Boy Scouts of America

  • Belk Scout Camp, Midland, NC
  • Tread Lightly!®’s Master Tread Trainer™ course is a two-day course designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistently to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation, develop an action plan for outreach in their community, and be provided with the tools to conduct a variety of learning opportunities including training Tread Trainers through an 8 hour course.
  • Info: Curt@treadlightly.org - http://treadlightly.org/programs/master-trainer-courses/

March 4-5, 2013 — League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • "Bicycling Means Business!" In pure economic terms, bicycling pours billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, creating jobs and boosting community development from coast to coast. In political terms, bicyclists mean business, too. The united voice of the bike industry, event directors, local riding clubs and advocacy groups is a powerful constituency.
  • Info: http://www.bikeleague.org/conferences/summit13/

March 7-10, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Prescott, AZ
  • Hosted by: Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=270&reset=1

March 7-10, 2013 — Building a Healthier Future Summit

March 8-10, 2013 — Alabama Hiking Trail Conference

  • Mobile, AL
  • The 2013 AHTS Conference will be held at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort. As always the event will have TONS of presentations on a wide variety of hiking and backpacking topics ranging from gear to destinations and everything in between. The weekend will be highlighted with the opening of the new section of the Alabama Trail on the Perdido River! The Friday Night Social will be held at Meahrer State Park directly across the street from 5 Rivers. We'll have a campfire, pot luck supper, and give you a chance to catch up with friends old and new on the banks of Mobile Bay.
  • Info: Callie Thornton at cthikr@gmail.com or Joe Cuhaj at 251-533-1812 or jcuhaj@gmail.com

March 9, 2013 — Trail Design and Layout Course

  • Oakwood, GA - Gainesville State College
  • The classroom portion will cover all aspects of how to properly design and layout a trail. We will discuss issues on how to avoid erosion, user conflicts, and impact problems through design. It will give you a good working knowledge of what causes trails to erode through water/soil relationships. A test on the subjects covered will be taken just before lunch. The field portion will put what we covered in the classroom to work by actually laying out a new section of trail. Instructor: Walter Bready, Georgia Trails Education Specialist. Sponsored by Georgia Trails and Greenways Program.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/nttp/GAtrailsnttp.html

March 10, 2013 — Trail Construction and Maintenance Course

  • Oakwood, GA - Gainesville State College
  • The classroom portion on Construction will cover corridor clearing for all types of use and proper hand tool use and safety. Different types of trail construction, building full bench cut and tread armoring sections. How to build turns (climbing, switchback and insloped). What to do in wetlands and for water crossings. Most common maintenance issues on well-designed and poorly designed trails. We will discuss how to make long-term repairs, and lower environmental impacts. Drainage solutions and techniques along with rerouting and reclaiming damaged trail. The field portion will put your construction knowledge to work clearing and/or constructing new trail. We perform a trail assessment, look at rerouting an old section of trail and regular drainage service activities. Instructor: Walter Bready, Georgia Trails Education Specialist. Sponsored by Georgia Trails and Greenways Program.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/nttp/GAtrailsnttp.html

March 11-15, 2013 — George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites

  • Denver, CO
  • The GWS conferences are all about reflection, reconnection, and renewal— a week of stimulating discussion about leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. When we say "parks," we mean a lot more. Every two years, the George Wright Society organizes the USA’s premier interdisciplinary professional meeting on parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. By these three overlapping terms we mean a broad array of places, both “cultural” and “natural,” managed by different entities under a variety of designations.
  • Info: http://www.georgewright.org/gws2013

March 10-14, 2013 — Partnership Convention & Trade Show: Crossing Bridges Blazing Trails

  • Portland, OR
  • Public lands agencies and like-mission nonprofits are transforming their organizations to meet new demands with limited resources. Central to this transformation is a renewed commitment to partnerships - requiring different approaches, working in new ways, and across different organizational cultures.
  • Info: http://www.appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

March 14, 2013 — Colorado Mtn Bike Assoc 2013 Annual Meeting

  • Golden, CO
  • Our annual meeting is on Thursday, March 14th. Help us celebrate COMBA's 2012 accomplishments with an evening of camaraderie, free beer, raffle prizes, and a preview of the events currently planned for 2013.
  • Info: http://www.comba.org/content/2013-annual-meeting

March 14, 2013 — Webinar: Improving Pedestrian Crossing Safety at Uncontrolled Locations

  • Online webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • The study had two main objectives: to recommend selected engineering treatments to improve safety for pedestrians crossing high-volume, high-speed roadways at unsignalized intersections, in particular those served by public transportation; and to recommend modifications to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) pedestrian traffic signal warrant. The research team developed and published a final report entitled "Improving Pedestrian Safety at Unsignalized Crossings", NCHRP Report 562.
  • Info: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/item/id/68896/q/n=2&c=79&t=2125

March 14, 2013 — Webinar: Technical Assessment of State Pedestrian Safety Programs

  • Online webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center hosts; assessmen of National Highway Transportation Safety Administration organizes a team of pedestrian and highway safety experts that evaluate State pedestrian safety program activities based on NHTSA's Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety (No. 14, Pedestrian Safety). The team develops a consensus report that includes the current status of the State's pedestrian safety program and provides recommendations for improvement.
  • Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/508766698

March 15, 2013 — Trails Accessibility Workshop

  • Roanoke, VA
  • DCR and the Roanoke Valley Greenways Commission will co-host a workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act at the South County library in the City of Roanoke. Back by popular demand, speakers Janet Zeller (U.S. Forest Service) and Bill Botten (Access Board) will shed light on the Department of Justice Ruling on Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) and the 2010 proposed federal guideliines for accessible design under ABA.
  • Info: Jennifer Wampler at jennifer.wampler@dcr.virginia.gov or call 804-786-9240

March 16, 2013 — Crew Leader Training Course

  • Oakwood, GA - Gainesville State College
  • Main topics: organizing the workday, selecting and getting your crew to the work site, and overseeing the project and/or trail work session. Safety and efficiency are a major focus of this class. A crew leader must have a basic set of technical trail work skills, coordinate work party activities and motivate volunteers.The focus of the course is on shared-use trails however some specialized single use applications will also be addressed. This course is designed around current, modern, low impact trail design and construction practices and complies with current specifications by most land agencies. Instructor: Walter Bready, Georgia Trails Education Specialist. Sponsored by Georgia Trails and Greenways Program.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/nttp/GAtrailsnttp.html

March 19-21, 2013 — National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation

  • Washington, DC
  • Legislative Forum is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be the voice for parks and recreation and advocate for our field. Your presence is needed to help ensure that the changes in Washington have a positive rather than negative impact on your community. NRPA urges you to unite with us at Legislative Forum to help: Protect and enhance the federal investments in public parks Use parks and recreation to increase activity and improve health Conserve open space and making public lands accessible for public use Connect kids to nature and the outdoors, reducing childhood obesity Revitalize urban areas and creating livable communities
  • Info: http://www.nrpa.org/LEGFORUM/

March 20, 2013 — Webinar: Dynamics of Effective Advisory Committees

  • Online webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Committees have become a critical part of making bicycling and walking part of the transportation solution. This webinar will explore examples of how advisory committees can be effective with perspectives from staff, citizen advocates and elected officials. What are the keys to effective engagement, and what are some pitfalls that can undermine the voices at the table?
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=274574&group=

March 21-24, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Caliente, NV
  • Hosted by: Bureau Of Land Management. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: http://www.imba.com/tcc

March 23, 2013 —Master Trail Builder Course – MTB 101

  • Republic, MO
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri provides an overview of maintenance for hiking trails and handicap users. Outline who are the best friends of trail workers. Identify the Natural Forces at work on the trail and how can you as a trail maintainer overcome them. Working hands on with the tools a trail maintainer will use. Focus on the safety factors that must be in place during the project. Demonstrate and explain the basic steps in maintaining a hiking trail for handicap user and the use of the tools to perform these tasks. Instructors are Robert Crampton and Ann Books-Crampton.
  • Info: http://www.vfom.org

March 26, 2013 —Tread Trainer Course/Ride On Utah

  • Bureau Of Land Management Field Office, Moab, UT
  • Tread Lightly!®’s Tread Trainer™ course is an 8-hour course designed to provide a “crash course” on outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized or water recreation. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Master Trainers or Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation and be provided with the tools to conduct workshops and coordinate community outreach. The Tread Trainer course is designed to help volunteers promote the message responsible recreation where lands and waters are protected, safety is a top priority and everyone enjoys the experience of being outdoors. The course centered on land based recreation focuses on the Tread Lightly! principles designed to minimize impacts on roads, trails and the wildlands they access.
  • Info: Jason@treadlightly.org - http://treadlightly.org/programs/tread-trainer-courses/

March 28-31, 2013 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • St. George, UT
  • Hosted by: Dixie Mtn Bike Trails Assn. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=275&reset=1

 

 
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