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30th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA TRAILS & GREENWAYS CONFERENCE
April 22-24, 2015
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
“Building Connections: Enhancing the Links between Communities and Trails”
• Preserving wilderness trails while introducing people to the magic of the outdoors
• Ensuring healthy ecosystems within open space through sustainable trail design
• Creating access and enhancing opportunities for trail use
• Building stronger communities while promoting active and healthy lifestyles by connecting people and places through trails
• Ensuring advocacy and protection of trails among the next generation of stewards
• Reconnecting children to nature through trails
• Improving the environmental and social health of communities through alternative transportation options
• Boosting local economies through local desirability and the promotion of trails as a tourist attraction
• Emphasizing regional thinking through community partnerships
The California Trails & Greenways 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, and sustainable non-motorized trail systems. Since 1985, 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.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
Ninety-five percent of past participants said the conference met or exceeded their expectations. Attendees included representatives from public agencies (51%), trail advocacy organizations (38%), and trails-related businesses (9%). That’s proof that even in really tough budget years agencies and not-for-profit organizations find this training invaluable!
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
Proposals must be received by January 9, 2015
“Building Connections: Enhancing the Links Between Communities and Trails”
Click here for more information about Session Proposals
Concurrent sessionsoffering valuable lessons in effective trail program management and funding opportunities.
Networking opportunities linking trail leaders in the community and government so they can partner to solve the most difficult issues. Need a professional trail mentor? Join us!
Workshops that provide hands-on learning opportunities with the latest technologies for trail development and maintenance.
For more information about Workshop Proposals, click here.
The California Trails and Greenways Conference Awards acknowledge and show appreciation for worthy individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that, through their hard work, integrity and social responsibility, have made outstanding contributions to promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California during the year.
Information about Award Nominations:
Click Here – Call for Award Nomination
Help us build California’s Trails Community online.
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Trails-Conference/559186680759392
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CAtrails
The Conference happens because of you. Trail leaders from throughout the state contribute generously to our success and reap benefits for years to come. Don’t miss these opportunities to be more visible:
Sponsoring the conference supports the trails community while promoting your business, non-profit or agency. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily Williams, Executive Director with the California Trails Conference Foundation: (530) 562-7224 or click on this link: Becoming A Sponsor.
PURPOSE and HISTORY
The interactive conference forum meets California State Parks mandate under the Public Resources Code 5070.5 by providing:
High quality, innovative sessions covering the full range of trail topics, including current issues facing the trails community;
Day-long pre-conference workshops with hands-on learning;
Opportunities to network with other trail advocates to build support for local and statewide trail systems; and
Exhibits of innovative trail-related products and services.
Training trail professionals and community leaders advances the following state and federal programs:
The California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights www.calroundtable.org
California’s Climate Plan AB 32/SB 375 Transportation Goals http://www.climateplanca.org
California State Parks Accessibility Programhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/21944/files/trailplandec2003updated.pdf
Strategic Growth Council SB 732 http://www.sgc.ca.gov
Governor’s Fitness Challenge http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17217
National Park Service National Trails System Act http://www.nps.gov/nts/legislation.html
Facilities planning to meet The Americans with Disabilities Act http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/recreation-facilities/outdoor-developed-areas/background/committee-report/trails
National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund http://www.nps.gov/lwcf
US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Roads and Trails Programhttp://www.fws.gov/refuges/roads
Safe Routes to Schools http://www.saferoutesinfo.org
National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Programhttp://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca
Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Programhttp://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/index.htm
Bureau of Land Management National Scenic and Historic Trailshttp://www.americantrails.org/resources/fedland/blmnatplan0405.html
USDA Forest Service Recreation Programs http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/
US DOT, HUD and EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communitieshttp://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/partnership_year1.pdf
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside
For more information on the purpose and history of the California Trails & Greenways Conference, click here.
For information on past conferences, including links to plenary and educational sessions, click here.