2018 Conference

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Join us in Wenatchee for the 2018 Conference!

  • Over 200 trails leaders from businesses, non-profits, and municipal, county, state, and federal agencies will converge on Wenatchee, WA for the 12th Trails Conference which kicks-off with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening Oct 25.
  • Conference will run from October 25th thru 27th at the Wenatchee Convention Center.
  • Registration opens on June 1, 2018.
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Conference Theme:  Leading the Way!

Trails can take us on some of our greatest journeys – whether across the neighborhood the state or the globe. In Washington we have some of the best trails in the country. The 2018 Washington State Trails Conference brings together the agencies, organizations, businesses, and people that make this possible as we are Leading the Way.

Conference Tracks:  The Conference program includes four session tracks:

  • Shared Trails, Shared Advocacy: Exploring how collaboration between trail user groups can create a stronger trail system in Washington. Topics could include: collaborative trail planning, trail building and maintenance, user education, leveraged funding, advocacy coalitions, and more.
  • Inclusivity, Diversity, and Access: Strategies, proven or emerging, for fostering an inclusive community, where new generations of trail users feel welcome and enjoy trails in ways that honor their history and identities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or income). Can also look at solutions to common barriers that prevent some people from enjoying trails, from transit to trailheads to improving our recreation fee systems.
  • Public Lands – Multiple Uses & Balancing Values: From preservation to resource extraction, solitude to high-use, or active to passive transportation – what we expect of our public lands is influenced by our value judgments. Case studies and strategies that support multiple uses and balance seemingly contradictory values through the lens of trails.
  • Managing for Change: Change is possibly the only constant in trails. Tactics and success stories for adapting to changing conditions: demographics, population, climate, funding, regulations, access controversies, and user conflicts.

Bonus Trails Spotlight (will present during one of the above tracks): Showcasing trails that provide unique values and experiences for the public or that offer significant learning opportunities.

Providing an effective forum for protecting, promoting, and enhancing a statewide system of trails.