Over 200 trails leaders from businesses, non-profits, and municipal, county, state, and federal agencies will converge on Wenatchee, WA for the 12th Trails Conference which kicks-off with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening Oct 25. The general public is welcome to attend as well.

What is the Washington State Trails Coalition you may wonder? Founded in 1999, the purpose of the Washington State Trails Coalition is to provide an effective and interactive forum centering on protecting, promoting, and enhancing a statewide system of trails. Membership is open to anyone with a passion for trails, including motorized and non-motorized outdoor recreation and transportation. Every two years, the Washington State Trails Coalition (WSTC) brings hundreds of trail advocates and agency leaders together for two days of networking and information sharing. Conference speakers and participants from across the state gather to inspire and inform users and providers about trails – including equestrian and stock trails, pedestrian, bicycle, ski, and snowshoe trails, snowmobile, motorbike, and OHV trails, plus water, canoe and kayaking trails.

The conference will run from October 25th thru 27th at the Wenatchee Convention Center with a reception taking place Friday October 26th at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. The evening is a great opportunity to mingle and share stories while enjoying complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and drinks.  The highlight of the evening will be celebrating the award of our 2nd WSTC Trails Awards in the categories of Lifetime Service, Trail Leader, Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Trail.  Admission to the reception is included with your paid conference registration, additional tickets for guests are available for a small fee.

For more detailed information about the conference presentations and speaker events click here.

For more information visit our website at Washington State Trails Coalition

2018 Conference Session Tracks

  1. Shared Trails, Shared Advocacy:Exploring how collaboration between trail user groups can create a stronger trail system in Washington. Topics may include: collaborative trail planning, trail building and maintenance, user education, leveraged funding, advocacy coalitions, and more.
  2. Inclusivity, Diversity, and Access:Strategies, proven or emerging, for fostering an inclusive community, where new generations of trail users feel welcome and enjoy trails in ways that honor their history and identities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or income). Will also look at solutions to common barriers that prevent some people from enjoying trails, from transit to trailheads to improving our recreation fee systems.
  3. Public Lands – Multiple Uses & Balancing Values:From preservation to resource extraction, solitude to high-use, or active to passive transportation – what we expect of our public lands is influenced by our value judgments. Case studies and strategies that support multiple uses and that balance seemingly contradictory values through the lens of trails.
  4. Managing for Change:Change is possibly the only constant in trails. Tactics and success stories for adapting to changing conditions: demographics, population, climate, funding, regulations, access controversies, and user conflicts.
  5. Trails Spotlight:Showcasing trails that provide unique values and experiences for the public or that offer particularly significant learning opportunities.
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