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30th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA TRAILS & GREENWAYS CONFERENCE
April 22-24, 2015

Registration will open on February 10, 2015

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (Click photo)
Tenaya Lodge

Would you like to be involved? Check out our Sponsorship / Exhibitor opportunities! Click here

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2015 Theme:
“Building Connections: Enhancing the Links between Communities and Trails”

• Preserving wilderness trails while introducing people to the magic of the outdoors
• Ensuring healthy ecosystems within open space through sustainable trail design
• Creating access and enhancing opportunities for trail use
• Building stronger communities while promoting active and healthy lifestyles by connecting people and places through trails
• Ensuring advocacy and protection of trails among the next generation of stewards
• Reconnecting children to nature through trails
• Improving the environmental and social health of communities through alternative transportation options
• Boosting local economies through local desirability and the promotion of trails as a tourist attraction
• Emphasizing regional thinking through community partnerships

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!



CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
Proposals must be received by January 9, 2015
“Building Connections: Enhancing the Links Between Communities and Trails”
Click here for more information about Session Proposals

CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
Nominations must be received by January 9, 2015

Click Here - Call for Award Nominations



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.
For more information about Workshop Proposals, click here.

For information about Donation Raffle Requests, click here

For information about Exhibit Opportunities, click here

Conference Highlights

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.



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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 Emily Williams, Executive Director with the California Trails Conference Foundation: (530) 562-7224 or click on this link: Becoming A Sponsor

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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