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American Trails hosts the National Trails Training Partnership, a nationwide coalition promoting learning and improving skills for trail work. Read more at

American Trails continues 2017 Webinar Series The monthly Advancing Trails Webinar Series contin-

ues with more presentations from experts on trails and greenways. Agencies, trailbuilders, advocates, and volun- teers have all found these educational sessions valuable. American Trails hosts the webinars which typically lasts an hour and a half and include at least 15 minutes for Q&A.

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Presented by Christopher Douwes and Laura Toole with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). An extension of their presentation at the International Trails Symposium this past May, this webinar will explore how to integrate transpor- tation and recreation infrastructure.

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Presented by Chris Linn with Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

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Presented by Morgan Lommele with People for Bikes and Chris Bernhardt with Sentieros Consulting

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For more details on upcoming or archived webinars see www.

New recorded webinar: how to get

community support for trails A recorded version of Getting to “Yes” on Greenway

Trails in Your Community is now available online. American Trails presented this webinar on July 20, 2017. This presenta- tion explored many of the social barriers that can make it dif- ficult to get community support for multiuse trail projects. Social barriers are those issues that cannot easily be engi-

neered away because they arise out of people’s values, emo- tions, and perceptions. We will look at how to address resi- dents’ fears about crime, loss of privacy, noise, depreciating

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property values, and other issues that are often raised when trying to get public support for new trails in urban set- tings.

Other social barriers that will be explored include fiscal concerns, such as worries about new taxes and lack of future maintenance funds, and anxieties over potential environmen- tal impacts. We will also discuss how the public engagement process itself can be structured to most effectively address these social barriers in a manner that is respectful and builds consensus. The presenters highlighted some of the insights which they discussed during the webinar:

Casey Kempenaar, Senior Planner, City of Citrus Heights (CA) Planning Department

1. Seek to understand community members concerns and identify opportunities to address their concerns within the project’s design and through education/field trips. 2. Take baby steps and build on success. Showcase exam- ples of successful projects and incorporate feedback into proj- ect design.

Mike Dour, Alternative Transportation Manager, City of Roseville (CA) Public Works Department

Patience, persistence, and a commitment early in the

planning process to engage the public in a discussion of trail benefits and compatibility measures can create small wins for trails that lead to big wins over time.

Jim Konopka, Senior Park Planner, Trails, Folsom (CA)

Through early planning efforts and involving stakehold- ers early in the planning process we were able to build a con- sensus among residents and decision makers. Using volun- teers was a priority in helping construct various elements of our trails, including several bridges, and was another way to build upon the trust of the community.

Kate Kirsh, President, Landscape Architect and Trail Planner, Foothill Associates

The social barriers to trail projects are often more difficult

to address than the technical barriers because they arise from conflicting feelings, values, fears, and other intangible obsta- cles that cannot be clearly labeled as “right” or “wrong.” This webinar focuses on how to recognize social barriers and offers strategies to successfully address them.

Check out the list of archived webinars at www.AmericanTrails. org/ee/index.php/webinars/Archived-Webinars.

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