Presentation Highlights

Register now for the Washington State Trails Conference in Richland and you’ll have three dozen great presentations to choose from during two days, October 14-15. Here’s a sampling of just a few of those planned offerings:

  • When Trails Go Viral: Responsible Web and Social Media Practices for Online Communities. “In an era when Instagram can be the first stop in researching conditions and a trail can literally go viral, how do you cultivate a welcome, inclusive online culture that promotes responsible use and stewardship?”
  • Grizzly Bear ImageGrizzly Bear Restoration and Recreation . ” Will grizzly bear recovery affect access to public lands and hiking, biking, climbing and other recreational activities? If so how? Wildlife biologist Dr. Bill Gaines will explore these and other grizzly bear related issues using real world examples from recreation meccas like Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.”
  • Tahoma to Tacoma: Quantifying the Health, Equity, and Economic Benefits of Trails. ” This presentation will highlight PWI’s Tahoma to Tacoma Trail Network project, for which Alta Planning + Design used an analytical model to quantify how active transportation investments can improve the health, equity, and environmental quality of a region.”
  • Trails on Trial – Protecting Public Lands for Public Use & Enjoyment. ” Come hear how King County is making its case in federal court for property rights within the railbanked corridor and how recent legal rulings are reinvigorating the management of the corridor for public use.”
  • Trails and Critical Areas: the Costs and Benefits of Programmatic Permitting. ” An ever-tightening set of local Critical Area Regulations can unintentionally prohibit, alter, or delay your trail projects. Use of programmatic permitting (a single, long-term permit covering multiple projects with pre-determined conditions) may offer local governments and trail proponents a solution.”
  • Trails to History. ” It will show how historic themes–gold rushes, fur trading, railroad building, labor movements, immigration, suburbanization—can guide a walk through urban downtowns on sidewalks, trails, and waterfronts.”