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2018 Trails Conference Sponsorships

We want to thank our Gold Level Sponsors for stepping up to support the 2018 Trails Conference!  We couldn’t do it without their help.

 

It’s not too late for your organization to become a supporter of the Conference and Washington State trails!  Learn more about the benefits and download the brochure.

Now Accepting 2018 Trails Award Nominations!

The Washington State Trails Coalition is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our WSTC 2018 Trails Awards. Presented at our biennial Trails Conference, these awards 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.  To make your nominations download the WSTC 2018 Awards Nomination Form and submit all materials via email by September 15, 2018.  Please submit only one nomination per email.

2018 Trails Conference Registration Begins!

Register now so that you don’t miss out on the 2018 WSTC Trails Conference  Leading the Way !

In 2016 our conference, Creating Community – Connecting Communities, brought together hundreds of participants from all over Washington and the Pacific Northwest.  Held in Richland, the conference boasted 36 breakout sessions, and multiple field visits to nearby trails.  Attendees represented all levels of government, from federal agency staff to local park districts; non-profit organizations; Tribal governments; business firms and consultants; trail users; students and conservation corps members.

Session speakers brought their expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds, representing many state and local parks and trails organizations, youth groups, technology industries, WSDOT, the US Forest Service, and the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, along with many more.

Best of all, every Trails Conference provides a great opportunity to learn, to connect with other trail supporters and advocates, and to have a great time!  See what some of the 2014 attendees had to say about the value of attending that conference.

We are proud of what we accomplished with our 2016 conference, and look forward to continuing on the same track of excellence at our 2018 Conference in Wenatchee, WA.  We hope you won’t miss out on the opportunity and that you’ll register now!

Remember to mark your calendars for the Trails Conference at the Wenatchee Convention Center, October 25-27, 2018.

Presentation Deadline Extended!

Your chance to propose a speech or presentation for this year’s Washington State Trails Coalition Conference has been extended!  Due to continued interest, we have extended the deadline so you can now submit your proposal for a presentation, panel, or workshop by June 15, 2018!

This year’s WSTC conference theme is “Leading the Way” with sessions on balancing competing values for public lands, highlighting opportunities for shared advocacy, managing for trails in a changing environment, strategies for inclusivity and diversity in access, as well as spotlighting unique and educational trails within the state of Washington.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the conversation! Showcase your innovative projects and trail successes by submitting a WSTC 2018 Conference Presentation Proposal of your presentation, panel or workshop by June 15, 2018.

We are also excited to announce that we will continue the WSTC Trail Awards Program, highlighting exceptional work and achievements with Washington State trails. Learn more about this unique recognition and watch for an announcement when nominations open, then submit your favorite in each category!

Remember to mark your calendars for the Trails Conference at the Wenatchee Convention Center, October 25-27 and to register early for discounted pricing.

 

2018 Conference – Request for Presentations

Now is your chance to propose a presentation for the Washington State Trails Coalition 2018 Conference which will be held in Wenatchee, WA on October 25-27!  This year’s WSTC conference theme is “Leading the Way” with tracks featuring shared advocacy, inclusive access, value of public lands, managing for change, as well as spotlighting unique and educational trails within the state of Washington.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the conversation! Showcase your innovative projects, strategies, and trail successes by submitting a WSTC 2018 Conference Presentation Proposal of your presentation, panel or workshop by May 15, 2018.

The 2018 conference will also continue the WSTC Trail Awards Program, highlighting exceptional work and achievements with Washington State trails.  In June we’ll release more information about this unique recognition and provide you the opportunity to nominate your favorite in each category!

2017 WSTC Caucus Agenda Released!

We have just released the agenda for this exciting event – register now as we have limited seating!

Click here for our 2017 Caucus Agenda!

The 2017 Washington State Trails Coalition Caucus will feature facilitated breakout sessions, updates on state funding efforts, and a sneak peak of our 2018 WSTC Conference planning. The event will feature facilitated breakout sessions, updates on state funding efforts, and a sneak peak of our 2018 WSTC Conference planning. A more detailed agenda is being developed and will be coming closer to the event. Key topics include:

Shared Trails, Shared Advocacy: The caucus will provide a forum to explore how collaboration between trail user groups can create a stronger trail system in Washington. Topics may include collaborative trail planning, trail building and maintenance, user education and advocacy.

Inclusivity and Access: We’ll explore ways that trail organizations and agencies can be more effective by fostering an inclusive trail community, where new generations of trail users are represented and feel welcome. We will also explore solutions to common barriers that prevent many people from enjoying trails, from transit to trailheads to improving our recreation fee systems.

PLUS: The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) staff will provide an overview of its recent state-wide recreation user and provider surveys. Staff will discuss the trails related data and themes that emerged, and show how these informed the agency’s recently adopted Recreation and Conservation, Trails, and Nonhighway Off-Road Vehicles Activities plans.

Part of the proceedings will also be a brief WSTC business meeting to revise bylaws, to share ideas for the future of the Washington State Trails Coalition, and to give sneak peaks into the planning for our 2018 State Trails Conference.

Its time to register for this exciting event – $30 fee will cover registration, morning refreshments and lunch!

WSTC Caucus Thursday, November 2nd

The Point Elliot Room at the Rosehill Community Center  

304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo, WA 98275

For more information or to volunteer with the Washington State Trails Coalition, please email Ben Monte Calvo, WSTC President, at president@washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org.

Register now for the 2017 Trails Caucus and Planning Meeting!

Its time to register for this exciting event!

9 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, November 2 in Mukilteo
Join leaders from diverse trail communities across Washington in Mukilteo! This one-day gathering is the forum for our statewide network of trail advocates – everyone with an interest in trails (motorized, non-motorized, snow, asphalt, dirt, or water trails, ORV riders, runners, hikers, bikers, kayakers…) is welcomed!

The Washington State Trails Coalition Caucus will feature facilitated breakout sessions, updates on state funding efforts, and a sneak peak of our 2018 WSTC Conference planning. The event will feature facilitated breakout sessions, updates on state funding efforts, and a sneak peak of our 2018 WSTC Conference planning. A more detailed agenda is being developed and will be coming closer to the event. Key topics include:

Shared Trails, Shared Advocacy: The caucus will provide a forum to explore how collaboration between trail user groups can create a stronger trail system in Washington. Topics may include collaborative trail planning, trail building and maintenance, user education and advocacy.

Inclusivity and Access: We’ll explore ways that trail organizations and agencies can be more effective by fostering an inclusive trail community, where new generations of trail users are represented and feel welcome. We will also explore solutions to common barriers that prevent many people from enjoying trails, from transit to trailheads to improving our recreation fee systems.

PLUS: The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) staff will provide an overview of its recent state-wide recreation user and provider surveys. Staff will discuss the trails related data and themes that emerged, and show how these informed the agency’s recently adopted Recreation and Conservation, Trails, and Nonhighway Off-Road Vehicles Activities plans.

Part of the proceedings will also be a brief WSTC business meeting to revise bylaws, to share ideas for the future of the Washington State Trails Coalition, and to give sneak peaks into the planning for our 2018 State Trails Conference.

Its time to register for this exciting event – $30 fee will cover registration, morning refreshments and lunch!

WSTC Caucus Thursday, November 2nd

The Point Elliot Room at the Rosehill Community Center  

304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo, WA 98275

For more information or to volunteer with the Washington State Trails Coalition, please email Ben Monte Calvo, WSTC President, at president@washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org.

2016 Trails Conference Starts Thursday Evening!

We look forward to seeing you at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland during the next few days!  Thanks to our generous sponsors REI, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, Green Trails Maps, Parametrix, and Visit Tri-Cities we are ready to host the most exciting Washington State Trails Conference to date.

You will be joining over 200 trails leaders from businesses, non-profits, and municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.  You can download the full Conference Program in advance and we will have hard copies available when you check in as well as a full list of attendees.  Check with your friends and coworkers, if they aren’t joining you at the conference there is still time to register.

Arriving on Thursday?  Check in with registration early and join us for light appetizers and drinks in the lounge from 5 – 7PM.

There are four off-site, field sessions available for you to participate in, before, during, and after the conference.  Learn more, including  contacts, on our website field sessions .

Plan to join the festivities on Friday evening at the REACH Museum from 6 – 9PM.  In addition to relaxing with friends old and new you will also be on hand for the presentation of the first ever Washington State Trails Awards.  Celebrate four deserving winners while enjoying refreshments and a light dinner.

I want to welcome you to the conference and encourage you to introduce yourself to the Washington State Trails Coalition board of directors.  You’ll be able to identify us by the “Board” ribbons on our name tags!   

We hope you are excited to participate and we will see you on Friday – breakfast is available beginning at 7:30AM and the program begins at 9:00AM.


Sincerely,
Washington State Trails Coalition Board of Directors