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15th National Trails Symposium: Redding, California, September 21-24, 2000

Plan now to join us on September 21-24, 2000 for the 15th National Trails Symposium. American Trails, the leading national organization that promotes the interests of all types of trail users, is your host for the Symposium. The Symposium is a premier opportunity for trail advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as environmental, tourism, and business interests, to come together and experience an inspirational, educational, and fun-filled conference.

"Trails and the American Spirit: 2000 and Beyond" is our theme. We will explore both the future and the past for a strong foundation of knowledge and skills related to trails. What are we likely to see in the 21st Century? How are the latest trends affecting us today? What trail projects or initiatives will serve as models for the future? What skills will help build strong and effective trails advocates? These are just some of the topics we will cover&emdash; with your help!

The 15th National Trails Symposium will be held in Redding, California, the gateway to California's far north, surrounded by the Trinity Alps and the California Cascades. The Sacramento River is another major community asset, running through downtown. The City has been highly successful in creating an urban trails system focused on the river.

Our local host committee is preparing a chain of events to show off this great part of the West with nearby urban trails, off highway vehicle areas, and backcountry and wilderness trails. Nearby sites to visit include Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Castle Crags State Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Shasta Lake, McArthur Burney Falls State Park, and Mt. Shasta.

More important information on attending the Symposium

The 15th National Trails Symposium will be the highlight of the year for most trails professionals. It has been designed to facilitate networking and information sharing. Sessions are designed to motivate, as well as educate. We are dedicated to bringing you the highest quality speakers, new and different educational sessions, cutting edge exhibits, and exciting socials.

Mark your calendar, tell your peers, and plan to attend; share your expertise, ideas, and successes; nominate someone deserving of one of the National Trails Awards; showcase as one of the state-of-the-art exhibitors; or become an instrumental sponsor of the symposium. An array of mobile workshops are being scheduled. Additional fees will apply for many of them.

In coordination with the Symposium, California State Parks will host the 17th California Trails Conference on September 21.

Hotel reservations

The Red Lion Hotel and the Holiday Inn will be the Symposium host hotels. Five hotels are within walking distance of the headquarters. Lodging will range from $49 to $85 plus taxes, per night. To get the discounted rates when you make hotel reservations, call the Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau: (800) 874-7562. Tell them you are with the National Trails Symposium. See the website for information on the hotels, their locations, and facilities.

Travel arrangements

Starting in April a host travel agent will be able to help you with your travel arrangements. Discounted airfares and rental cars will be available, along with the shuttle schedule from the Sacramento airport.

Registration fees

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the cost of the Symposium will range from only $275 for early-bird registration for American Trails members to $375 for regular, non-member registration.

Join American Trails today!

American Trails members receive a substantial discount off the 2000 Symposium registration fee!


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