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2011 State Trail Administrators Meeting


Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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)
Introductions / Show and Tell
States will each have up to 2-3 minutes to introduce themselves and promote the successes of their State program.
10:30-10:55 National Recreation Trails Update, Steve Elkinton, National Park Service (NPS); Stuart Macdonald, NASTA
10:55-11:15 Update on the National Trails System, Steve Elkinton, National Park Service (NPS)
America's Great Outdoors, watertrails and blueways, current issues on National Scenic and Historic Trails.
Accessibility, Christopher Douwes, FHWA; Stuart Macdonald, NASTA
Topics include: Update on Accessibility Guidelines for Trails, Other Power Driven Mobility Devices, Shared Use Paths, Public Rights-of-Way
LUNCH (Provided)
Mobile Workshops (Registration Required)

Option 1: Fred Meijer White Pine State Park Trail
Bike ride tour looking at a portion of this rail-trail that runs 92 miles through agricultural lands and woods from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. See full workshop descriptions.

Option 2: Musketawa State Trail
The Musketawa State Trail and the Fred Meijer White Pine State Park Trail Connector project will connect two State rail-trails through the use of a rail-with-trail concept. See full workshop descriptions.

Dinner on Your Own
Walk and Talk: Optional
Grand Rapids River Walk
Walk the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids and view its ties to the business/cultural/educational institutions along the walk, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Valley State University campus, several city parks including the sculptural Fish Ladder and view the 2 miles of railroad corridor acquisition, including three acres of riparian woods, funded by the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, and the City of Grand Rapids, North Monroe Tax Increment Finance Authority.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Continental Breakfast
Discussion: Federal-aid Highway Program Authorization, Christopher Douwes, FHWA; Nonprofit Trail Organization viewpoint: Christine Jourdain, American Council of Snowmobile Associations
Livability Initiatives, Christopher Douwes (FHWA)
Topics include: Applicability to RTP. Update on developing local, regional, and statewide livability programs. Urban vs. rural issues.
10:00-10:30 Break
Plenary Session: RTP Project Administration (Robert Fijol, Michigan DOT; Betty Bangerter, Utah FHWA; Alex Weiss, Florida (remote))
Funding Issues: Unspent Funds, Rescissions, Unobligated Balances, Completing Projects, Performance Measures
Plenary Session: Training Update, Stuart Macdonald
Trails Training Survey, Accessibility Training (US Forest Service), Available Courses, etc.
LUNCH (Provided)
Breakout Sessions
Note: Each breakout session will only last 50 minutes each, and then be repeated so attendees can participate in 2 sessions.

1. Trail Mapping: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Google Trail Maps, State Trail Mapping, Trail User Group or Association Mapping. How to integrate availability of information and put together a one-stop shopping tool for users and land managers. Using maps to track trail conditions and availability. Coordinating user feedback, State field staff, and maintenance crews. (Jim Radabaugh, Michigan)

2. Generating Support for Trails: Case studies and measures to increase stakeholder interest and stakeholder participation. (Jean Lacher, CA)

3. Alternative and Coordinated Funding Sources for Trails: Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Transportation Enhancement Activities (TE), Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, Livability Initiative, State Funds, Corporate and Foundation Funds, etc. (need session leader)

4. OHV / Motorized / Snowmobile Trails: Successes, Challenges, Requirements (Bob Richards, Tennessee; Christine Jourdain, American Council of Snowmobile Associations)

General Q&A / Stump the Fed / General Discussion
Topics include: Performance Measures Database, RTP Database, Administrative Issues, Session topics to consider for STAM 2012 (Measuring trail use, others?)
Updated: 2/12/2014
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