2020 Virtual Workshop Detailed Program

The basic information for the workshop

Registration is still open! Registration fees are: $75 standard rate and $25 rate for students and limited income

Register for the 2020 Virtual Fall Workshop

  • All sessions will be held on ZOOM
  • Links for all the sessions will be made available through a password protected website.
  • The 3 themes for the workshop are:
    Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
    Expanding Partnerships Within and Beyond Trail Corridors
    Increasing Capacity Through Organizational Development

Program Schedule for Fall Workshop October 21st – October 29th (updated 10/18/20)

Below is the detailed schedule for sessions. Please be aware that the schedule can change but we will try to keep it updated with the most current information. You will need to register to receive access in order to sign up and receive the access information for individual sessions. There will be approximately 3 sessions per day with break between sessions and no sessions on the weekend. Sessions will generally begin at 12 noon EDT and be done by 6 PM EDT with a few exceptions.

Wednesday, Oct 21stThursday, Oct 22ndFriday, Oct 23rdMonday, Oct 26thTuesday, Oct 27thWednesday, Oct 28thThursday, Oct 29thTHANK YOUS

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 21st

Session: Opening session and keynote address
Session Time: 5 PM EDT, 4 PM CDT, 3 PM MDT, 2 PM PDT, 1 PM AK, 11 AM HI
Session Length: 90 minutes
Session Presenters:

Barney Scout Mann
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT
José G. González
Kaleo Paik
RG Absher
  • rg.absher@ovta.org
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT & How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 noon EDT
Sarah Unz
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT

Session Abstract:

Our opening session will welcome you to the workshop space with a color guard and land recognition. We will introduce the themes of the workshop with an emphasis on broadening our understanding of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the trails community. Meet the new Executive Director, Valerie Rupp and hear from our 2020 Fall Workshop Chair, RG Absher, as he lays out the program for the next 6 days. Come with an open mind and a willingness to engage.

Keynote speaker – José G. González, Founder and Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors

José G. González is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. As a Partner in the Avarna Group and through his own consulting, his work focuses on Equity & Inclusion frameworks and practices in the environmental, outdoor, and conservation fields. He is also an illustrator and science communicator.

He serves as a Trustee for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Trustee for the National Recreation Foundation, Resource Media Board Director, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project Board Director, Councilor for Save the Redwoods League, and as an advisor to Blue Sky Funders Forum, among other such leadership volunteer roles.

Day 2 – Thursday, October 22nd

Session: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Principles & Community Agreements – How are we going to work with each other in this space?
Session Time: 12 Noon EDT, 11 AM CDT, 10 AM MDT, 9 AM PDT, 8 AM AK, 6 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenter(s):

José G. González
Lila Leatherman

Session Abstract:

Community Agreements session: This facilitated one-hour discussion session is designed to discuss JEDI principles and to shape community agreements for discussing JEDI practices. “Community agreements” is used here to reflect the idea that the practices outlined have been discussed and reached collectively by the group. The goal of this session is to create a common understanding of community agreements, why they are an important JEDI practice, and provide a framework for creating the brave space needed for groups to take transformational action together. Group discussions will shape agreements for the following PNTS-members session, Moving Forward Through Teachable Moments (Thursday 10/22 at 2 PM – below)

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Closed Session – Staff & volunteers of PNTS member organizations: Moving Forward Through Teachable Moments: an opportunity for people to share and learn from each other’s teachable moments along the way of implementing and integrating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) practices led by outside moderator and a member of our PNTS Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workgroup

Session Time: 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 noon MDT, 11 AM PDT, 10 AM AK, 8 AM HI
Session Length: 90 minutes
Session Sign Up Form: https://forms.gle/aKwZz3N87tFLcdQJ9
Session Presenter(s):

José G. González
Lila Leatherman

Session Abstract:

Moving Forward Through Teachable Moments session: This session is a facilitated 1.5-hour discussion session to discuss learning experiences related to practicing and implementing JEDI concepts. The goals of the session will be to understand baselines for JEDI practice across the network, share “teachable moments,” and identify common themes related to opportunities and challenges of practicing JEDI. A survey distributed by the PNTS before the workshop will collect anecdotes of learning experiences. Three to five themes will be chosen from the survey to discuss and reflect on collectively as a group and within smaller breakout groups. The session will culminate with recommendations for moving forward.

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Session: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workgroup

Session Time: 4 PM EDT, 3 PM CDT, 2 PM MDT, 1 PM PDT, 12 noon AK, 10 AM HI
Session Length: 90 minutes
Session Presenter(s):
Alivia Acosta
Julie Judkins
  • jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS JEDI workgroup: Thursday 10/22 at 4 PM EDT
Luz Lituma
  • llituma1@gmail.com
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS JEDI workgroup: Thursday 10/22 at 4 PM EDT
Van Tran
  • vant@floridatrail.org
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS JEDI workgroup: Thursday 10/22 at 4 PM EDT
Session Abstract:

This session will dive into some best practices and programs that will help individuals and organizations take JEDI action. These recommendations are based on the ongoing learning experiences and collaborative efforts of the PNTS JEDI workgroup. Representatives of the PNTS JEDI workgroup will be sharing stories and examples of:  

  • Programming and engagement through affinity groups
  • Efforts by national scenic and historic trails to address and affirm land acknowledgements
  • Internal Practices & Ongoing Education
  • Resources and recommendations by other organizations who are serving at the forefront of the JEDI efforts
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Day 3 – Friday, October 23rd

Session: Shaping, Sharing and Storytelling on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Session Time: 12 Noon EDT, 11 AM CDT, 10 AM MDT, 9 AM PDT, 8 AM AK, 6 AM HI
Length of Session: 90 minutes
Session Presenters:

Destiny Williams
  • dwilliams@alasu.edu
  • 334 – 229 – 6888
  • Shaping, Sharing & Storytelling on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: Friday 10/23 at 12 Noon EDT
Dr Howard Robinson
  • hrobinson@alasu.edu
  • 334- 229 – 4491
  • Shaping, Sharing & Storytelling on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: Friday 10/23 at 12 Noon EDT
Monica Rhodes

Session Abstract:

From tragic beginnings to achievements that changed the world, from the evil of a slave ship to the beauty of a poem, the epic story of African Americans is embodied in hundreds of cultural institutions, museums, historic sites and places of memory. Through artifacts as objects of power, we have seen the lives of a far different America that is being re-examined through the lenses of a different generation. This panel will discuss the collaborative and strategic nature trails face to succeed in executing relationship building in multi-generational communities to tell stories that embodies social justice and creates healing in Selma and Montgomery, AL.

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Session: The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition and the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail)
Session Time: 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 noon MDT, 11 AM PDT, 10 AM AK, 8 AM HI
Length of Session: 90 minutes
Session Presenters:
Chief Anne Richardson
  • The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition & the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT (Chesapeake Trail): Friday 10/23 at 2 PM EDT
  • https://www.rappahannocktribe.org/
Joe McCauley
Joel Dunn
  • jdunn@chesapeakeconservancy.org
  • The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition and the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT (Chesapeake Trail): Friday 10/23 at 2 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 Noon EDT
  • https://www.cbf.org/
Session Abstract:

Virtual presentation on the Rappahannock Tribe’s 100-year fight for state and federal recognition and the 20-year effort of many partners, including the Rappahannock Tribe, to preserve Fones Cliffs, a key historic site along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail in the heart of the Rappahannock Tribe’s homeland.  Both efforts ultimately resulted in successful outcomes, just in the last two years. 

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Session: Interpreting the Stories of the Silent Voices: Acknowledging the lives of the oppressed and marginalized in your historic trail interpretation
Session Time: 4 PM EDT, 3 PM CDT, 2 PM MDT, 1 PM PDT, 12 Noon AK, 10 AM HI
Length of Session: 60 minutes
Session Presenters:
Leigh Ann Hunter
  • info@ovta.org
  • Interpreting the Stories of the Silent Voices: Acknowledging the lives of the oppressed and marginalized in your Historic Trail interpretation: Fri 10/23 at 4 PM EDT
  • https://ovta.org/
Garrett Jackson
Session Abstract:

From exploration and migration stories, to civil rights and armed conflicts, our historic trails tell the stories of our American heritage and events that shaped our historical and cultural narrative. History often records the thoughts, emotions, and daily lives of the “main characters,” however, the historical narrative rarely gives us a glimpse into that of the “supporting cast” or the silent voices in the overall story; lives no less significant, and shaped in ways that are important to our understanding of history. Through these perspectives, we can better prepare ourselves for present and future conflicts and put context to our past.

Using the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail as a case study, this presentation will discuss the importance of researching and interpreting the lives and experiences of the silent voices and how research into the background narrative improves upon and often explains little known aspects of history, bringing attention to the advancement of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our National Trails System.

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Day 4 – Monday, October 26th

Session: An Introduction to Protecting Trails: A Handbook for Land Acquisition for National Scenic and Historic Trails
Session Time: 12 Noon EDT, 11 AM CDT, 10 AM MDT, 9 AM PDT, 8 AM AK, 6 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenter:

Don Owen
  • djowenhome@gmail.com
  • 304-283-4745
  • An Introduction to Protecting Trails: A Handbook for Land Acquisition for National Scenic & Historic Trails: Mon 10/26 12 noon EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tues 10/27 at 12 noon EDT
  • http://pnts.org/new/

Session Abstract:

This session will provide Trail administrators, managers, staff, and volunteers with an introduction to a new guide to the basic tools for saving land to protect National Scenic and Historic Trails Protecting Trails: A Handbook for Land Acquisition for National Scenic and Historic Trails. The current estimate is that only 60% of the 58,000-miles of National Scenic and Historic Trails are protected by some form of federal, state, or local agency ownership or by fee ownership or conservation easements held by land trusts, historic preservation organizations, or in some cases, Trail organizations themselves. Thousands of miles along National Scenic Trails and thousands of high-potential historic sites and route segments along National Historic Trails still lack any legal protection. The handbook is designed to help Trail-administering agencies, Trail organizations, land trusts, and other partners work together to protect the remaining pieces of the National Trails System.

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Session: How to Better Inventory, Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. The Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort
Session Time: 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 noon MDT, 11 AM PDT, 10 AM AK, 8 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenters:

Carin Farley
  • cfarley@blm.gov
  • How to Better Inventory, Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. The Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort: Monday 10/26 at 2 PM
Jeremy Call
Rob Sweeten
  • rsweeten@blm.gov
  • How to Better Inventory, Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. The Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort: Monday 10/26 at 2 PM

Session Abstract:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has created methodology and a field guide that provide recommendations for inventory, assessment, and monitoring of National Scenic and Historic Trails. These tools have been designed to help BLM and other trail managers/partners implement the policies and purposes set forth in the National Trails System Act and other applicable laws and policies. These technical references advance a consistent and repeatable approach while considering all of the resources, qualities, values, and associated settings found along these national treasures, be it recreation, natural, cultural, historical, or scenic.  This presentation covers these new methodologies and how they can enhance collaboration within the National Trails community. BLM is grateful for the financial support of the Federal Highways Administration and in-kind support by the Partnership for the National Trails System and the US Forest Service who has ground tested these methods.

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Session: How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Session Time: 4 PM EDT, 3 PM CDT, 2 PM MDT, 1 PM PDT, 12 noon AK, 10 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenters:

Deloris Gray Wood
William L (Bill) Ambrose
  • How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT
Rocky Miller
  • TrailConsultingLLC@gmail.com
  • How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT
RG Absher
  • rg.absher@ovta.org
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT & How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 noon EDT

Session Abstract:

Through this panel presentation, you will learn how primary sources such as diaries, invoices and land patents can be used to establish and then map a route for a historic trail. And in this example, GIS was used in the reverse – starting with old surveyed road maps of high quality which made it possible to georeferencing from the road onto a map. 

The Cannon Diary and the Diaries of Rev. Buttrick and Dr. H. I. I. Morrow on the Richard Taylor Detachment provided valuable information along with the invoices recently located in the National Archives completes the record of the use of the route with the names of landowners. Using BLM Land Patents researchers were able to match the current landowners. While many landowners are descendants of the original landowners, many were not aware that they own the land the trail traversed and that the Cherokee marched on the road. This work has kept the route alive and reconnected people along the route with the story.

Almost 10,000 Cherokee traveled in the winter of 1838-1839 across the Trail Cannon established. To learn more about the Trail of Tears National Trail go to the National Park Service Website and highlight Maps. Look for the Missouri state outline in red, the state where the River runs over the outer boot-heel. The Northern Route the Cannon Detachment established circles over and around southeast Missouri down to Pea Ridge Arkansas the path that more than 10,000 walked in 1838-1839.

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Day 5 – Tuesday, October 27th

Session: Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails
Session Time: 12 Noon EDT, 11 AM CDT, 10 AM MDT, 9 AM PDT, 8 AM AK, 6 AM HI
Session Length: 90 minutes
Session Presenters:

Anne Sentz
Don Owen
  • djowenhome@gmail.com
  • 304-283-4745
  • An Introduction to Protecting Trails: A Handbook for Land Acquisition for National Scenic & Historic Trails: Mon 10/26 12 noon EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tues 10/27 at 12 noon EDT
  • http://pnts.org/new/
Joel Dunn
  • jdunn@chesapeakeconservancy.org
  • The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition and the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT (Chesapeake Trail): Friday 10/23 at 2 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 Noon EDT
  • https://www.cbf.org/
Laura Hicklin
RG Absher
  • rg.absher@ovta.org
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT & How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 noon EDT

Session Abstract:

Land trusts are natural “”sister organizations”” for National Scenic and Historic Trail organizations and agencies that seek to protect, administer, and manage National Scenic and Historic Trails. In fact, most land trusts have conserving recreational, scenic, and historic resources like National Scenic and Historic Trails as part of their core mission. In addition, Trail organizations and agencies often can find other partners, such as Native American tribes, local governments, and even Department of Defense agencies to help save land for National Trails. This workshop will focus on how to partner and work with land trusts and other partners of all shapes and sizes to save important lands and resources along National Scenic and Historic Trails.

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Session: Great American Outdoors Act, Part I:  Lessons Learned and How to Use Them to “Win the Win”
Session Time: 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 noon MDT, 11 AM PDT, 10 AM AK, 8 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenters:

Amy Lindholm
Kathy DeCoster
Tyler Ray

Session Abstract:

Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act  (GAOA) in the summer of 2020 was the culmination of many years of a focused campaign to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address deferred maintenance needs at federal parks, forests and other public land areas.  This session will look at “lessons learned” that led to achieving these long-standing goals, tapping into the expertise of the LWCF Coalition campaign director and individuals who worked on strategies and grassroots messages for both parts of GAOA.

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Session: Great American Outdoors Act: PART II: A National Trails Campaign
Session Time*** NOTE Change: 3:30 PM EDT, 2:30 PM CDT, 1:30 PM MDT, 12:30 PM PDT, 11:30 AM AK, 9:30 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenter:

Ron Tipton
  • rtipton1948@gmail.com
  • Great American Outdoors Act, Part II: A National Trails Campaign: Tues 10/27 at 4 PM EDT

Session Abstract:

The Partnership Board has approved a multi-year National Trails “Action Plan” to protect sites and segments along the 30 National Scenic & National Historic Trails. This workshop will engage the workshop participants in a discussion of key aspects of the “Action Plan”. Ron Tipton, former President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and PNTS Board member, will give an overview of the Plan and facilitate a group discussion that focuses on the following questions:

  • Examples of high priority sites and segments that need protection along the National Trails
  • Effectiveness of the federal/non-profit partnerships in addressing trail protection and effective and sustained management of National Trails
  • How do we promote the value of America’s National Trails through branding, marketing and social and traditional media?
  • What are the opportunities to complete, protect and improve our National Trails provided by the Great American Outdoors Act?
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Day 6 – Wednesday, October 28th

Session: Fundraising During a Pandemic
Session Time: 12 Noon EDT, 11 AM CDT, 10 AM MDT, 9 AM PDT, 8 AM AK, 6 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenter:

Cristina Wineinger

Session Abstract:

Over the last few weeks (and many, many conversations) I have been asked the same questions over again.

We are not on the front lines of the pandemic so how do we make our case for funding?
Should we even be ‘bugging’ our supporters/members right now for donations? • How do we get new donors?
What should we be telling our donors?
How in the world do we raise money during this pandemic

The purpose of this seminar is to answer the above questions and more.  We will explore the best strategies for keeping your donors close, making your case for support and inviting their gifts – all within the context of this very different fundraising landscape.

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Session: Next Generation Alumni Panel
Session Time: 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 noon MDT, 11 AM PDT, 10 AM AK, 8 AM HI
Session Length: 90 minutes
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Next Generation Alumni Panel is a group of Trails Apprentice alumni who are sharing their own experiences with fellow young professionals and those that are interested in getting their foot in the door within the environmental field. Panelists will discuss their area of expertise, challenges, successes, and overall advice. Themes of the workshop include:  Expanding Partnerships Within and Beyond Trail Corridors, Increasing Capacity Through Organizational Development, and Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Join us for an engaging presentation, ask questions, and learn more about various ways you can make a difference within the outdoor industry.

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Session: National Trails Social
Session Time: 4 PM EDT, 3 PM CDT, 2 PM MDT, 1 PM PDT, 12 noon AK, 10 AM HI
Sign up form: Please use this form it includes a “maybe” option – https://forms.gle/FidGfYjLK8eWRdgr7
Session Length: 60 minutes

Join us for a social and we will be mixing it up! After a brief welcome, we will randomly distribute participants into breakout rooms for 15 min of conversation. And then…we will mix it up again! This is a chance to talk with people that you might have seen or “heard” in the chat. There will be people that you don’t know and people that you already know. We know there are a lot of conversations that have not been able to happen in the virtual format so this is a least a small space for some of those to happen. So join us for this fun event on Wednesday. Please use the sign up form link so we can plan for numbers. Come ready to meet new people from across the country. And we will be socially distanced!

Picture of the Terrace at the Marriott, Spartanburg SC


Day 7 – Thursday, October 29th

Session: Utilizing Zoom and Other Technologies to Promote the National Trails
Session Time: 12 Noon EDT, 11 AM CDT, 10 AM MDT, 9 AM PDT, 8 AM AK, 6 AM HI
Session Length: 75 minutes
Session Presenter:

William Buck

Session Abstract:

This unique workshop will inspire participants to communicate their message more clearly in the online realm, covering a range of tools and strategies to use technology to promote our national trails. Some of what we will explore: storytelling tips to help enrich peoples’ experience of the trails; using images and video more effectively; bridging generation gaps and diversity across our communities; and an in-depth exploration of how to best utilize Zoom and other video platforms.

It’s a daunting task to understand and utilize the ever-changing technologies and communication choices we are all faced with — yet we need to stay on top of it. The ideas and techniques that will be explored are designed for youth and veteran trail professionals alike. Let’s help each other learn more together. 

Frustrations abound with our ongoing screen time and trails associations and advocates can always use some support. This workshop will help leaders stay informed, including examples of trail apprentices and others’ successful projects.

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Video planning: American Society of Media Photographers, https://www.dpbestflow.org/node/635

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Session: Closing Session: Closing Session: New Initiatives in Outdoor Engagement Policies at the State Level & What’s Next for PNTS
Session Time: 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 noon MDT, 11 AM PDT, 10 AM AK, 8 AM HI
Session Length: 60 minutes
Session Presenter:

Dylan McDowell
  • mcdowell@ncel.net
  • Closing Session: New Initiatives in Outdoor Engagement Policies at the State Level & What’s Next for PNTS: Thursday 10/29 at 2 PM EDT
RG Absher
  • rg.absher@ovta.org
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT & How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 noon EDT

Session Abstract:

Dylan McDowell, Deputy Director of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, will provide insight into what is happening at the state level. States have taken a leadership role in implementing outdoor engagement policies that benefit recreation, health, education, and equity. Innovation generally starts at the state level and state legislatures are the starting point for many runs for Congress. This session will provide an overview of opportunities to partner with states through initiatives like the 30 x 30 (conserve 30% of land and water by 2030), the Great American Outdoors Act, wildlife connectivity, and outdoor access, health and equity to name a few. 

We close out our workshop with some trail trivia and highlights. We will get a peek into what’s next for the Partnership including a virtual Hike the Hill.

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