Program

 2020 Georgia Trail Summit

Keynote Speaker

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Adrian Benepe

 TPL – Director, National Programs

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 Creative Approaches to Trail Building: Lessons Learned from the Atlanta BeltLine

Atlanta BeltLine Inc, and its partners are taking creative and opportunistic approaches to expedite the build-out of a 33-mile-plus trail network that connects 46 communities across Atlanta. This session considers four planned and active trail segments that exemplify the organization’s new strategies. The proposed trail segments promise to forge new connections between Atlanta communities with different physical, ecological and socioeconomic circumstances. Each project is tailored to local conditions and designed to deliberately address community needs and challenges.

PLA CEU-1 AICP CM-1.25

Speakers:

  • Kevin W. Burke, PLA, FASLA: Director of Design, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
  • Pete Pellegrini: Project Manager, PATH Foundation

Trails through History: Augusta Canal’s Trail System

Built-in 1845, the Augusta Canal tells the story of the Industrial Revolution in the American South in the era before, during, and after the American Civil War. Recognizing the significance of this historic feature, the Augusta Canal Authority developed a master plan for highlighting the historical impact. Since then, innovative trial designs have directed the construction of more than 13 miles of trails. This system has generated excitement in the community which is now able to walk, run, and bike through history.

PLA CEU-1 AICP CM-1.25

Speakers:

  • Dayton Sherrouse, FAICP: Executive Director, Augusta Canal Authority
  • Rick Toole, PE, AICP: Vice President, Georgia Division Manager, Alfred Benesch & Company
  • Shannon M. Dodd, PE: Project Manager, GDOT/Gresham Smith

Tackling Challenging Greenway Projects: 26 Lessons Learned

This session will present the process of Chattanooga’s Greenway development from a master plan to a bike ride on the finished trail. Challenges faced included steep slopes, wetlands, river and railroad crossings, site inaccessibility, and bridge placement. Illustrations on the construction process and the use of a deck-built procedure to build as you go will be highlighted. The presentation of 26 lessons learned will be integrated into the session to provide useful tips to help you avoid pitfalls in your next project.

PLA CEU-1 AICP CM-1.25

Speakers:

  • Larry Zehnder, CPRP: Retired Administrator Chattanooga Parks, Recreation Arts and Culture, City of Chattanooga
  • Steve Provost: Vice President, Barge Design Solutions, Inc
  • John Brown, PLA LEED AP: Senior Landscape Architect, Barge Design Solutions
  • Ben Nemec: Senior Engineering Manager, Barge Design Solutions
  • Jenny Park: Tennessee State Director,  The Trust for Public Land

 

Florida’s Vision for Trails, Blueways, and Greenways

Outdoor recreation is a major driver of tourism in Florida. Resource-based outdoor recreation also contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Because of Florida’s climate, diversity of natural landscapes, and award-winning state parks, waterways, and trails, the state offers a tremendous selection of trail, greenway, and blueway experiences for residents as well as visitors. Linking these individual opportunities into a larger recreation and conservation system is essential to maximizing the value of individually planned and managed public lands. The Florida Greenways and Trails System is the foundation for connecting and providing access to recreational hubs ranging from sizeable state and national forests to small community parks. Making this happen requires coordination, education, promotion, partnerships, and strategic investments. Outdoor recreation and the Florida Greenways and Trails System stand to be an international attraction, providing a safe and unforgettable experience for residents and visitors to the state. Florida is positioned at the forefront of an exciting period that will result in improved health and wellness, economic growth, increased alternative transportation methods and outdoor recreation opportunities, more livable communities and increased conservation efforts, all of which all contribute to an improved quality of life.

PLA CEU-1 AICP CM-1.25

Speakers:

  • Britney Moore: Outdoor Recreation Program Manager,  Florida Office of Greenways and Trails
  • Doug Alderson: Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator,  Apalachicola Riverkeeper

A Bipartisan Legislative Trail Caucus for Georgia

An effort is underway to create a bipartisan Trail Caucus in the Georgia Legislature. The panel members represent organizations that initiated that effort: The Firefly Trail, Georgia Bikes, and the East Coast Greenway. Panelists will recall the origins of the current efforts, consider the progress to date, and seek audience input on future participation in the Trail Caucus Initiative.

PLA CEU-1 AICP CM-1.25

Speakers:

  • Tom Keene: Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, Firefly Trail, Inc.
  • John Kissane: Trail Development Coordinator, Firefly Trail Inc.
  • Elliott Caldwell: Executive Director, Georgia Bikes
  • Brent Buice: South Carolina and Georgia Coordinator, East Coast Greenway

 

Funding Your Trail

Once you develop your great trail project and garner the necessary political support, how do you pay for it?  Representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the PATH Foundation will discuss federal and state funding opportunities, while an expert from The Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Finance Team will explore the many ways that local governments can develop funding streams to build trails.

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Speakers:

  • Lindsey Brown: Recreational Trails Program Coordinator, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Pegeen Hanrahan: Southeast Conservation Finance Director, The Trust for Public Land
  • Jay Byars: County Councilman, Dorchester County SC

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

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