For those involved in trail work, the 2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference
offers the following sessions. Thursday and Friday full-day registration include lunch and breaks. Saturday sessions and meals are ala carte. When registering, please review your selections for accuracy. This online registration system will not prevent you from registering for overlapping sessions.
Volunteer Development for Trail and Conservation Groups: Finding, Cultivating and Keeping a Volunteer ‘Dream Team’
Thursday, May 4th, 9am-Noon
The land is conserved, the trails are constructed, the people are coming, now how do you deal with it all? With volunteers! Stellar volunteers are everywhere, looking for meaningful opportunities get involved, give back, and dive into the dirt working outdoors. In this interactive workshop we’ll talk about ways to recruit, mobilize, and recognize hard-working volunteers.
Best Practices for Trail Management and Signage: Building Blocks for Planning & Maintaining your Trails
Thursday, May 4th, 1-4pm
Trail Management Objectives are fundamental building blocks for trail planning and management. This workshop will introduce fundamental concepts that are cornerstones of effective trail planning and management. These field tested concepts, developed by federal land agencies as part an overall land and trails management process and provide an integrated means to consistently communicate and execute the intended design and management guidelines for trail design, construction, maintenance and use.
Tour the Susquehanna River Landscape: Land Conservation, Trail Development & Water Protection along the Susquehanna
Friday, May 6th, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
The Susquehanna Riverlands tour features visits to two major lakes and nationally recognized recreation trails, with stunning views of the Susquehanna River throughout the day. The tour will begin at Columbia Crossing, managed by Susquehanna Heritage, in Columbia’s River Park the southern trailhead of the North West River Trail where participants will learn about the organizations and efforts that have gone into developing the region as a burgeoning Eco and Heritage tourism destination. Additional stops at the Enola Low Grade Trail and several Lancaster County Conservancy preserves will give you ample opportunity to explore and learn from regional experts about trail interconnectedness, environmental education, destination marketing, large landscape land protection and a variety of projects that are redefining the region. (Park & Recreation Professional, Landscape Architect CEUs)
Trees and Trails (MOBILE)
Friday, May 6th, 10am-4pm
Natural resource managers, trail & recreation managers, planners, designers, engineers and construction contractors all work around trees, literally. After all, it is their job to create a natural experience in the outdoors while highlighting and protecting natural habitat. As advocates of sustainability, do we understand the affects we have on the trees we build so close too? Understanding the basic biology, structure, defense mechanism and tree failure may help you make better decisions for trail and pathway layout, help guide your construction practices, as well as ongoing maintenance.
All registrations will be submitted online. A late fee of $45 will be added to registrations processed April 15th and later