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Request for Presentation Proposals, Award Nominations, and Volunteers for the 2016 Washington State Trails Conference

Presentation Proposals
Showcase your innovative projects and trail successes at the 2016 Washington State Trails Conference on October 13-15 in Richland, WA. The 11th biennial State Trails Conference’s theme is Creating Community – Connecting Communities”.

Submit a WSTC 2016 Conference Presentation Proposal of your presentation, panel or workshop by June 30, 2016.

This year’s conference will offer breakout sessions along four themed tracks:

1.  Design, Build, and Maintain High Quality Trails – Best practices for cost-effective trail projects that maximize sustainability and user experience.

2.  Managing Trails in a New Era – Case studies and presentations focused on solutions to the growing challenges facing trail management in the 21st century, including: overuse, reduced budgets, population growth, changing demographics of users, environmental regulations, new technologies, and more.

3.  Making the Case for Trails – Demonstrating the health, social, economic, transportation or educational value of trails in your community. Can also look at how to leverage these values to secure funding for development and maintenance.

4.  Trails Spotlight – Showcasing trails that provide unique values and experiences for the public or that offer particularly significant learning opportunities.

Review and selection: The Program Committee will select proposals on the basis of topic relevance, appeal to a spectrum of attendees and quality of proposal. The committee aims to respond to applicants with final program selections by July 15, 2016.

Award Nominations
The Washington State Trails Coalition is pleased to announce the introduction of the Washington State Trails Awards Program. These biennial awards will recognize the efforts and achievements of exceptional individuals, organizations, and land managers who are working to make the trails of Washington State the nation’s best.

Lifetime Service Award: This award will honor an individual who has demonstrated longstanding and exceptional service to the trails of Washington State and their users. Areas of impact could include advocacy, planning, community engagement, construction/maintenance, and education.

Trail Leader Award: Honors an individual, organization, or land manager that has had the most significant, positive, contribution to any aspect of Washington trails over the past two years.

Youth Advocacy Award: This award honors an individual, organization, or government entity that has performed exceptional community service for Washington youth through access to trails with a direct and specific benefit to youth, fostering youth stewardship, or the use of trails by youth. This service could include youth oriented trail projects, outdoor adventures, education, volunteer trail work, and more.

Outstanding Trail Award: The award recognizes a trail project which has demonstrated at least some of the following during the past five years: exceptional planning, design, and implementation, public participation, creative funding, verified economic impact, outstanding user experience, and benefit to the local community. Applications will be accepted from any individual, organization, or government entity involved with, or directly impacted by, the trail.

Submit your WSTC 2016 Awards Nomination Form to WSTC by July 31, 2016.

Volunteer Recruitment
WSTC is recruiting volunteers to review presentation proposals, organize the 2016 conference, help with logistics during the conference, take notes during session presentations, perform outreach, etc. For more information on how to get involved with the 2016 conference as a volunteer with the Washington State Trails Coalition, please email the WSTC President at info@washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org.

2016 Trails Conference

Save the Date – October 13-15, 2016 – Richland, Washington

Book your hotel early and save money. 2016 Trails Conference Flyer


Success: WSTC’s 2015 Statewide Caucus

Thank you for the phenomenal response – 33% growth over 2013.

2015 WSTC Caucus Agenda Final


Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State

State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning (SCORP)

Success: WSTC’s 2014 Statewide Conference


Thank you to the 300+ individuals who participated in WSTC’s most dynamic state trails conference to date!  The 2014 Washington State Trails Conference attracted consultants, agency staff from all sectors of governement, non-profit representatives, dedicated individuals and over 45 Youth Ambassadors – current students or trail crew members just starting their careers. Check out the pictures on Facebook or the #watrailsco stream on Twitter to get a taste of the conference.

WSTC Non-profit Status 

After operating as a mission-driven and volunteer-managed organization since 1999, WSTC  is now officially recognized as a charitable, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service.  Learn more.


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