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2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:57 am

UPDATED 10/26/2015
2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference
“Sustainable Trails for a Sustainable Future”

Saturday, November 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center by Hilton
Leominster, MA

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB) presents the 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference, including field trips on Friday, November 13.

The conference is funded through the Recreational Trails Program, a grant program which supports trail and trail-related facility construction and enhancement projects across the Commonwealth.

Conference Schedule is NOW AVAILABLE!
See Below or Find Online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/conferences.html

To Register for the Conference and field trips, click here:
https://2015masstrailsconference.eventbrite.com

Details:

The daylong conference will include workshop sessions, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is $45. Woody Keen, owner of Trail Wisdom LLC and founder of Trail Dynamics, will be the keynote speaker. Woody has earned a national reputation for his work on innovative sustainable trail design and construction projects which have addressed the full spectrum of trail use, from hiking and mountain biking to equestrian, off-highway vehicle and accessible trails. He is a trusted leader internationally and has more recently been working to educate trail professionals and volunteers on the concepts of building sustainable trails and how this is achieved.

Who Should Attend: Trail planners, advocates, managers, users, land trusts, conservation commissions, friends groups and volunteers interested in creating, managing and promoting sustainable trails for healthy communities.

Table/Display Opportunities: Trail organizations, consultants and other trail-related entities are invited to reserve a 6’ skirted display table to set up informational displays. Table costs are $25 for non-profits and $50 for private entities. The deadline for reserving a table is Friday, October 30.

Field Trips on November 13
Half-day field trips are $10 and the full-day is $20 with lunch included on the full-day. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the site and back.

Field Trip 1: Half-Day (9am – 12pm) on Pine Hill Trail at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Steve Crowe of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Worcester Chapter will demonstrate some of the skilled work that is required to build the impressive Pine Hill Trail natural stone staircase, including a demonstration on splitting rock and discussion of other related rock work.

Field Trip 2: Half-Day (1pm – 4pm) at Barret Park in Leominster, MA
Dick O’Brien will lead a group on a hike through the network of trails at the City of Leominster’s 75-acre Barret Park, where recent improvements as a result of receiving a PARC grant have served to provide safe and accessible trail experiences throughout the park. The Leominster Trail Stewards will join the group on the trails, for an interactive discussion around trail planning, construction, maintenance and other trail-related issues.

Field Trip 1: Full-Day (9am – 4pm) Bus Tour exploring Lancaster and Clinton Trails
Spend the day exploring Lancaster and Clinton learning about their cultural heritage and singular trails. Town planners and trail stewards will share how they are successfully visioning, implementing, linking, and funding recreational trail systems for diverse users. Site visit and walking locations will include the Cook Conservation Area along the Nashua River in Lancaster and the Rauscher Farm in Clinton.

TO REGISTER: Online registration is available at https://2015masstrailsconference.eventbrite.com
Please be prepared with credit card for the conference and field trip registration fee payment. If you are unable to register online, please call the Registration Administrator at 781-799-4406 or email melissa@mjhcomm.com. Conference information and updates can also be seen online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/conferences.html

*Please contact us ahead of time if you have any special requirements or needs in order to attend the conference. Our goal is to provide this valuable engagement and learning opportunity for all trail advocates and enthusiasts across Massachusetts.

If you are not on the DCR Greenways and Trails contact list, please contact Amanda Lewis at Amanda.lewis@state.ma.us to be added and receive conference updates and other Massachusetts trail information.
Last edited by mrfreakinwhite on Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:44 am

One of the work shops is an informational meeting regarding how to apply for RTP Grants.

I may know more after the MARTAB meeting today.
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Re: 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference

Postby schwalby » Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:44 am

Will the NEA be doing a table top display? Deadline is soon.
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Re: 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference

Postby Eric » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:27 pm

I'm 80% probability to attend the conference but do not plan to personally staff a table. It would be great if somebody wants to staff a table.
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Re: 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:05 am

Attention Northeast Jeep:
I thank you for reaching out to me about your bridge building questions.
This work shop coming up has a 9:15 - 10:30 am session for YOU!
Selecting the Right Bridge for Your Trail:
Sustainable Bridge Design and Construction Guidance for Trails Organizations

I've learned more about different kinds of bridges and legal requirements from a similar session a few years ago. Sometimes it is hard to type a few sentences about different kinds, needs for your trail, etc - but I would highly recommend this class to anyone doing any trail work around streams and wetlands. Especially knowing that sometimes a bridge is not the solution that is sustainable for the trail or protecting the water way in question.

I am certain the presenter will also talk about legal ramifications, if any, and how to know when you need to be compliant and when you can skip that.
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Re: 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:53 pm

Here is an updated announcement:

Saturday, November 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center by Hilton
Leominster, MA

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB) presents the 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference, including field trips on Friday, November 13.

The conference is funded through the Recreational Trails Program, a grant program which supports trail and trail-related facility construction and enhancement projects across the Commonwealth.

Conference Schedule is NOW AVAILABLE!
See Below or Find Online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/conferences.html

To Register for the Conference and field trips, click here:
https://2015masstrailsconference.eventbrite.com

Details:

The daylong conference will include workshop sessions, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is $45. Woody Keen, owner of Trail Wisdom LLC and founder of Trail Dynamics, will be the keynote speaker. Woody has earned a national reputation for his work on innovative sustainable trail design and construction projects which have addressed the full spectrum of trail use, from hiking and mountain biking to equestrian, off-highway vehicle and accessible trails. He is a trusted leader internationally and has more recently been working to educate trail professionals and volunteers on the concepts of building sustainable trails and how this is achieved.

Who Should Attend: Trail planners, advocates, managers, users, land trusts, conservation commissions, friends groups and volunteers interested in creating, managing and promoting sustainable trails for healthy communities.

Table/Display Opportunities: Trail organizations, consultants and other trail-related entities are invited to reserve a 6’ skirted display table to set up informational displays. Table costs are $25 for non-profits and $50 for private entities. The deadline for reserving a table is Friday, October 30.

Field Trips on November 13
Half-day field trips are $10 and the full-day is $20 with lunch included on the full-day. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the site and back.

Field Trip 1: Half-Day (9am – 12pm) on Pine Hill Trail at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Steve Crowe of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Worcester Chapter will demonstrate some of the skilled work that is required to build the impressive Pine Hill Trail natural stone staircase, including a demonstration on splitting rock and discussion of other related rock work.

Field Trip 2: Half-Day (1pm – 4pm) at Barret Park in Leominster, MA
Dick O’Brien will lead a group on a hike through the network of trails at the City of Leominster’s 75-acre Barret Park, where recent improvements as a result of receiving a PARC grant have served to provide safe and accessible trail experiences throughout the park. The Leominster Trail Stewards will join the group on the trails, for an interactive discussion around trail planning, construction, maintenance and other trail-related issues.

Field Trip 1: Full-Day (9am – 4pm) Bus Tour exploring Lancaster and Clinton Trails
Spend the day exploring Lancaster and Clinton learning about their cultural heritage and singular trails. Town planners and trail stewards will share how they are successfully visioning, implementing, linking, and funding recreational trail systems for diverse users. Site visit and walking locations will include the Cook Conservation Area along the Nashua River in Lancaster and the Rauscher Farm in Clinton.

TO REGISTER: Online registration is available at https://2015masstrailsconference.eventbrite.com
Please be prepared with credit card for the conference and field trip registration fee payment. If you are unable to register online, please call the Registration Administrator at 781-799-4406 or email melissa@mjhcomm.com. Conference information and updates can also be seen online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/conferences.html

*Please contact us ahead of time if you have any special requirements or needs in order to attend the conference. Our goal is to provide this valuable engagement and learning opportunity for all trail advocates and enthusiasts across Massachusetts.

If you are not on the DCR Greenways and Trails contact list, please contact Amanda Lewis at Amanda.lewis@state.ma.us to be added and receive conference updates and other Massachusetts trail information.
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