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California Trails and Greenways Conference

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30th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA TRAILS & GREENWAYS CONFERENCE
April 22-24, 2015
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

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2015 Theme: Stay tuned!

PURPOSE
The California Trails & Greenways Conference provides trail professionals, advocates, volunteers and users with a venue for sharing practical, up-to-date trail management and advocacy skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, inter-connected, and sustainable non-motorized trail systems. Since 1985, this investment of knowledge by California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation has helped ensure trail stewardship and leadership for generations to come.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
Ninety-five percent of past participants said the conference met or exceeded their expectations. Attendees included representatives from public agencies (51%), trail advocacy organizations (38%), and trails-related businesses (9%). That's proof that even in really tough budget years agencies and not-for-profit organizations find this training invaluable!

Conference Highlights

Concurrent sessions offering valuable lessons in effective trail program management and funding opportunities.

Networking opportunities linking trail leaders in the community and government so they can partner to solve the most difficult issues. Need a professional trail mentor? Join us!

Workshops that provide hands-on learning opportunities with the latest technologies for trail development and maintenance.

The California Trails and Greenways Conference Awards acknowledge and show appreciation for worthy individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that, through their hard work, integrity and social responsibility, have made outstanding contributions to promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California during the year. Check back later for more information about the 2015 awards.

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GET INVOLVED!!
The Conference happens because of you. Trail leaders from throughout the state contribute generously to our success and reap benefits for years to come. Don’t miss these opportunities to be more visible:
Sponsoring
the conference supports the trails community while promoting your business, non-profit or agency. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact the California Trails Conference Foundation a 877-776-3619. 

PURPOSE and HISTORY

The interactive conference forum meets California State Parks mandate under the Public Resources Code 5070.5 by providing:

  • High quality, innovative sessions covering the full range of trail topics, including current issues facing the trails community;
  • Day-long pre-conference workshops with hands-on learning;
  • Opportunities to network with other trail advocates to build support for local and statewide trail systems; and
  • Exhibits of innovative trail-related products and services.

    Training trail professionals and community leaders advances the following state and federal programs:
  • The California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights www.calroundtable.org
  • California’s Climate Plan AB 32/SB 375 Transportation Goals http://www.climateplanca.org
  • California State Parks Accessibility Program http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/21944/files/trailplandec2003updated.pdf
  • Strategic Growth Council SB 732 http://www.sgc.ca.gov
  • Governor’s Fitness Challenge http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17217
  • National Park Service National Trails System Act http://www.nps.gov/nts/legislation.html
  • National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund http://www.nps.gov/lwcf
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Roads and Trails Program http://www.fws.gov/refuges/roads
  • Safe Routes to Schools http://www.saferoutesinfo.org
  • National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca
  • Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/index.htm
  • Bureau of Land Management National Scenic and Historic Trails http://www.americantrails.org/resources/fedland/blmnatplan0405.html
  • USDA Forest Service Recreation Programs http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/
  • US DOT, HUD and EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/partnership_year1.pdf
  • First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move campaign http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside

      For more information on the purpose and history of the California Trails & Greenways Conference, click here.
      For information on past conferences, including links to plenary and educational sessions, click here.

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