2013 Washington State Trails Caucus

Friday, September 13 at the Wenatchee Community Center
504 South Chelan, Wenatchee, WA 

Registration: $15 (Includes lunch)

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 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!  Interested in volunteering?   Email info@washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org 

Agenda (subject to change)
10 a.m. - Welcome from Washington State Trails Coalition

10: 15 a.m. - State of Trails Show & Tell

5 fast-paced presentations will paint a picture of what’s happening across the state – each speaker gets five minutes and 20 slides to share a trail-related project. Presentations will include:

  •  20 Years of Trail Maintenance: Washington Trails Association’s trail maintenance program turns 20 years old this year.  What’s the secret to WTA’s success and what does the future hold?
  • Restoration of Table Mountain: Last  year’s Table Mountain fire destroyed much of the area’s recreation infrastructure   Learn how volunteers and the U.S. Forest Service are combining efforts to restore this incredible place.  Presented by Cle Elum District of Okanogan-Wenatchee NF & Backcountry Horsemen of Washington.
  • Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan: The Department of Natural Resources convened 17 citizen stakeholder representatives for a collaborative recreation planning process for 53,000 acres of state trust lands and natural areas in the Snoqualmie Corridor.  Get a sneak peak into the process and plans to come for the Snoqualmie Corridor from Laura Cooper and Doug McClelland of the Washington DNR.
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail: From Cape Alava on the Pacific Coast to Glacier National Park on the Continental Divide, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail spans 1,200 incredible miles.  Learn how the Washington-based Pacific Northwest Trail Association is using innovative strategies to engage communities along the trail and complete the vision for this monumental long-distance trail.
  • Greater Columbia Water Trail Project: Skip Johnson from the Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club will introduce the ongoing effort to establish the Greater Columbia Water Trail, a network of public boat launches and camping sites that extends from Kettle Falls to the Tri Cities on the mighty Columbia River. 

11:00 a.m - Wenatchee: Partnerships for Urban & Rural Trails
From the far-reaching Foothills Trail serving bicycles, equestrians and hikers to the pedestrian and active-transportation Apple Loop, Wenatchee is the nexus for a growing trail system.  Hear from some of the partners who are making the trail system work.

11:30 a.m. - Trails & the Washington State Parks Transformation Strategy

Washington State Parks recently released a transformation strategy for how the agency will adapt to an ever-changing funding landscape.  What does this mean for our network of statewide trails managed by State Parks?  Nikki Fields, State Parks Planner, will share the agencies vision for the years to come.

12:00 p.m. - Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m. - Statewide Trails Planning Updates from the Recreation & Conservation Office
Hear the latest from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office about the recently completed Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and the current update of the Nonhighway Off-road Vehicle Access (NOVA) plan and Statewide Trails Plan from Sarah Gage and Nona Snell of RCO.

1:30 p.m. - Recreation Update from the Washington Department of Natural Resources
Hear the latest about the  Department of Natural Resource’s recreation program.

1:45 p.m. - Facilitated Breakout Sessions: Visioning for Washington State Trails Coalition
Washington State Trails Coalition exists to help foster a healthy, robust and diverse trail network throughout the state. We accomplish this primarily by hosting our bi-annual State Trails Conference. We want to hear from you – the Washington State trails community – how we can better meet our mission. During this session, we will break into small groups where facilitators will record your ideas and visions for the 2014 statewide conference as well as the future of WSTC as an organization.

3:00 p.m. - Caucus Concludes 

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. - Optional  Field Trip to Saddle Rock Natural Area 
Join Chelan-Douglas Land Trust staff for a visit to the local Saddle Rock Natural Area, a popular, multiple-use recreation site for Wenatchee Valley residents. The area is a great example of a strong partnership to provide for recreational access and conservation, and it is in a transition phase under new ownership as managers begin to address a comprehensive trail and trailhead system that meets the needs of all users and adjoining neighbors.


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