20th American Trails National Symposium

November 14-17, 2010
Chattanooga, TN
The theme for the 2010 Symposium is: Trails- The Green Way for America. This symposium’s theme evokes the benefit of trails to America’s economy and environment. As we evolve toward a green economy, trails are part of the solution for outdoor recreation and alternative transportation. Trails provide access and connections to many of this nation’s most incredible green spaces: parks, forests, and wildlands.

Trails are a critical component of green infrastructure within communities, tying homes to businesses, schools, and workplaces, and empowering clean human-powered mobility. Trails support the new American dream which is built upon environmental and economic efficiency. Trails are, very simply, the green way for America.
Online registration will be available April 1, 2010. But to help you plan now, the cost of the Symposium will range from $325 early registration for an American Trails member to $450 for regular registration, non-member. Lodging starts at $99 per night plus tax (a limited number of rooms will be available at the prevailing government per diem rate at the time of the conference; currently the rate is $87).
Call for Proposals
Deadline: April 9, 2010
The conference will include 40 concurrent sessions, each lasting 75 minutes. The Program Committee is particularly seeking presentations that introduce new ideas, convey useful strategies, identify lessons learned, and strengthen participants’ existing skills and knowledge- in the spirit of the Symposium theme. Potential topics for presentations include, but are definitely not limited to, the general topic areas that you will find included in the Call.
National Trails Awards Program
Deadline: June 30, 2010
Every two years, American Trails presents the National Trails Awards to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, businesses, and other leaders who are working to create a national system of trails for all Americans. Nominations should cover accomplishments during the period of June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2010. The awards will be presented on November 16, 2010 during the Awards Banquet at the American Trails National Symposium.
The 16 categories for awards are:
* Trail Advocacy Award (1 award per state)
* Trail Worker Award (1 award per state)
* Lifetime Service Award
* Best Trails State Award
* Community Service Award
* Corporate Award
* Kids and Trails Award (new award category)
* Outstanding Media Award
* Outstanding Trail Sharing Award
* Partnership Award
* Planning/Design Award
* State-of-the-Art Technology Award
* Trails and the Arts Award
* Trails for Health Award
* Trails Public Service Award
* Developers Award (different award form than other categories)
For additional information about the program, please contact:
Jeff Hunter
Program Committee Chair
Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition
P.O. Box 2142
Chattanooga, TN 37409
(423) 322-7866
Related Resources:
Call for Presentations Packet
National Trails Awards Program