Aimee Copeland lives on her own terms, and that means mostly outdoors, despite the amputation of both of her hands, her right foot and entire left leg after she was infected by a flesh-eating bacteria while zip-lining at age 24.
Before the infection, Copeland enjoyed rock climbing, backpacking and trail running. Reconnecting with the outdoors has been an essential component of her physical, mental and spiritual recovery. Through that journey and from her new vantage point in a wheelchair, her lifelong passion for outdoor adventure gained a sharper focus. Copeland came to realize that people with limited mobility also have limited access to parks, trails and just about every form of outdoor recreation.
Copeland is turning misfortune into action. She is lending her perspective to the Chattahoochee RiverLands master planning to ensure the imagined 100-mile linear park along the river between Buford Dam and Chattahoochee Bend State Park is a regional destination for everyone–including people with differing abilities. She has also created the Aimee Copeland Foundation to develop an inclusive wellness park and holistic therapy center in metro Atlanta.
We are honored and excited to welcome Copeland to the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit as a Keynote Speaker. Her message will challenge us all to think about who we are serving–and who we might be excluding–as we plan for the future of trails in our state.
Everyone recognizes the value of the Georgia Trail Summit and appreciates the efforts of those who have gotten this initiative off to such a solid start. Moving forward, The Trust for Public Land’s Georgia office has agreed to shepherd this Summit. We believe that we have a date/location for the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit. Please pencil-in the following:
Columbus Convention and Trade Center
Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6, 2019.
Partners are working hard to bring the strongest combination of tours/trips, break-out sessions, and keynote speakers together to educate and inspire all attendees. Whether you hike, bike, paddle, walk, or jog on trails, you won’t want to miss these two days to get connected. Please direct comments, questions and ideas to: Walt Ray: Walt.Ray@TPL.org or 404.873.7306 x-258
Loads of work happens on trails in the summer because, well, we have more daylight and the weather is suitable to get stuff done and volunteers flock to the trails. Thus our facebook and twitter feeds are full of new trail openings, connections, improvements, advocacy, and so forth. We see new looks, colors, brands and beautiful wayfinding. Often the map itself is the only element that deviates from the brand, until now.
Mapbox.com/cartogram just tweeted the option to match your map to the colors of an image, any image. So we gave it a shot with our latest batch of trail photos. 5 seconds later…here is a sneak peek at the new trail extension that opened in our backyard this week and a color coordinated map of the area. We used a simple google map so the trail symbols are stars.
We hope you are enjoying trails this summer and will share your news with us.