2014 Massachusetts Trails Conference
“Trails For All”

accessible trail

November 8, 2014
Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center by Hilton
Leominster, MA

MA TRAILS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE! pdf format of 2014 Trails Conference Schedule

Registration begins at 7:30, Conference ends at 5pm

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB) presents the 2014 Massachusetts Trails Conference to be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in Leominster.   The conference is funded through the Recreational Trails Program, a grant program which supports motorized and non-motorized trail construction and enhancement across the Commonwealth.

To Register for the Conference, Click This Link: http://www.cvent.com/d/84qt7z/4W

Please join the Massachusetts trail community for a day of learning, sharing, networking and, new to this year, opportunities for field trips and getting your hands dirty out on the trails!

Keynote Speaker:  Janet Zeller, Accessibility Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service.  Janet has worked in the field of accessibility for two decades and has helped develop and implement accessibility programs and policies at all levels of the agency. She also teaches accessibility and universal design for programs and facilities at a wide range of training sessions nationally.

16 Sessions offered in four time blocks, including:

  • Sustainable Trail Design
  • Negotiating Trail Easements
  • Wetland Regulations, Conservation Commissions and Trails
  • Rail Trails: Corridor Acquisitions, Trail Surface & Other Design Considerations
  • OHV Trail Design
  • Urban Trails: Challenges and Successes
  • Dogs on Trails: Etiquette, Safety, Training
  • Trail Planning and Visions
  • Unique Approaches to Getting People Out On Trails
  • Long Distance Trails Updates
  • OHV Policy in Massachusetts
  • Trail Mapping
  • And, More!

New!  Field trips led by experienced trail professionals to:

  • The completed Doyle Community Park and Center Accessible Trail and the Barrett Park Accessible Trail, just beginning construction
  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation’s recent accessibility upgrade at the summit of the mountain and the on-going stone work on the Pine Hill Trail.

New!  Hands-On outdoor workshops led by experienced trail professionals:

  • Boardwalk Building at Barrett Park:  Two groups will discuss the planning and permitting process, and then construct ½ of a 40-foot boardwalk.

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.  

Registration:

There is a registration fee of $40 for each participant.  Food and beverages will be provided throughout the day, including lunch.  Please bring additional water if you will be attending one of the outdoor/field sessions, as well as appropriate clothing and protection.  The outdoor sessions will be held, rain or shine, so please be prepared.

TO REGISTER: Online registration is available at http://www.cvent.com/d/84qt7z/4W
Please be prepared with credit card for the conference registration fee payment. If you are unable to register online, please call the Registration Administrator at 802-865-5202 or email info@delaneymeetingevent.com.

Conference Solicitations:

2014 State Trail Award: Conference organizers are calling on the trail community to nominate individuals, groups, communities, organizations or agencies for this year’s State Trail Award.  At the last conference, the inaugural award was given to Congressman John Olver for his tireless work on behalf of recreational trails.  The purpose of the award is to recognize someone or some entity that has had a significant impact on the Massachusetts trail scene, either past or present through their dedication, efforts and work on behalf of the Massachusetts trail network.  

Details:  Please email your nomination to Dobrien578@gmail.com.  Nominations can be brief but must include the individual/group/organization name and a description of the work that has been accomplished for which you are nominating that person or entity.  Photos and other supporting visuals are welcome.  Please submit nominations by Monday, October 6.  

Trail Project Presentations:  Conference organizers are also calling for trail groups, organizations, agencies or communities to send photos of completed trail projects that they have accomplished and would like to share with conference participants.  It is our intent to have a screen and projector set up in the lobby continuously projecting these short presentations (15-20 photos per project recommended) throughout the day of the conference.  A presentation will be compiled with your photos and project information.

Details:  Please provide group name, project name, location and general timeframe of the project in an email to Amanda.lewis@state.ma.us.  Follow-up instructions on how to submit your group of photos will then be provided.  Please contact Amanda no later than Friday, October 26 to secure your photos for the presentation.

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.  The cost for a table is $25 for the day.  There are a limited number of tables so reserve your table early by contacting Dick O’Brien at dobrien578@gmail.com.  The deadline for reserving a table is Friday, October 26.  

*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.  

For more information, contact: 

Amanda Lewis, DCR Recreational Trails Program

413-586-8706 ext 19, or amanda.lewis@state.ma.us

Dick O’Brien, MARTAB Chairman

dobrien578@gmail.com