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2008 State Trail Administrators Meeting


The Peabody Little Rock, Arkansas Ballroom
3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

DRAFT Agenda

Note: You will be required to sign-up for mobile workshops prior to the conference.
Please check the attendee list for availability.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Evening Walk Along the Medical Mile
We encourage you to meet in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and take an informal walk along the nearby Medical Mile. Much of it is open and lighted in the evening.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

STAM Registration/Continental breakfast
Welcome, Overview of Agenda and Workshop, Stuart Macdonald, National Association of State Trail Administrators (NASTA); Christopher Douwes, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Remembering Jessica Terrell, David Certain (NM)
Introductions / Show and Tell
States will share experiences on projects and trails issues, including: STAM 2009 Invitation Presentation, Florida; Barnwell Mountain OHV Recreation Area, Texas; [States should submit special presentations].
Discussion: Federal-aid Highway Program Reauthorization, Christopher Douwes, FHWA; Nonprofit Trail Organization viewpoint (to be determined)
Includes discussion of the U.S. Department of Transportation Reform Proposal and other reauthorization proposals.
LUNCH (Provided)
Mobile Workshops (Registration Required) Previews of Symposium mobile workshops
Dinner on Your Own
National Trails Information Fair
The State Trail Administrators are invited to join our colleagues from the National Scenic and Historic Trails and other long distance trails after dinner for some dessert and dialogue! The information celebration will be filled with educational information to take home, door prizes, and the opportunity to develop future partnerships! All are welcome to attend any part of this two-hour festival, visiting with organizations working to expand constituencies, and develop new ways to engage youth, families, and your community. The Information Fair will be held in the Ballroom at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Continental breakfast, Arkansas Ballroom
Open Discussion and General Questions and Answers, facilitated by Mary Hanson (NPS, RTCA)
Open Forum to discuss common trail program issues and ask other States how they may have faced various challenges. Please submit discussion topics to by October 24th so we can consolidate questions, research responses, and format the forum.
Breakout Sessions
  • Building and Managing Equestrian Trails, Alex Weiss (Florida), Mary Hanson (NPS, RTCA)
  • Stewardship & Oversight Plans, Memorandums of Understanding, Programmatic Agreements, Program Reviews Robert Richards (TN), Andrew Korsberg (MN)
  • Increasing Youth Corps Involvement, Stuart Macdonald (NASTA), Stephanie Davison, The Corps Network
LUNCH (Provided)
Discussion Topic: Plenary Session, Stuart Macdonald, Kim Frederick
State examples: Education / Use of Education Funds / Training
Discussion Topic: Plenary Session, Amanda Lewis (MA), Michelle Vetter (ND)
Trail Inventory / GIS / Mapping / Standard Reporting Methods / Trail Capacity Planning
Discussion Topic: Plenary Session, Woody Keen, Trail Dynamics
Trail Contracting and Using Professional Trailbuilders
Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Continental breakfast, Arkansas Ballroom
Mobile Workshop - Walk and Talk (Registration Required)
LUNCH (Provided)
Discussion Topic: Plenary Session, facilitated by Mary Hanson (NPS, RTCA)
Fostering Relationships: National Scenic Byways Program, Transportation Enhancement Activities, National Scenic and Historic Trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Heritage Areas, other long distance trails, National Wildlife Refuges, Federal land management agencies. Cindi Ptak, FHWA National Scenic Byways Program; Christopher Douwes, FHWA Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Enhancement Activities; Steve Elkinton, National Park Service, National Scenic and Historic Trails; Nathan Caldwell, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Stump the Fed, Christopher Douwes
Got a quirky question or an eligibility enigma? Here's your opportunity to "Stump the Fed." The simple answer is "it depends." The full answer is more complex.

National Trails Symposium Events

5:00 - 6:30
Happy Trails Hour - Exhibit Hall
6:30 - 8:30
Opening Reception - Exhibit Hall
Updated: 10/23/2015
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