"Connecting Communities With Trails" is the theme of the 2001 Montana State Trails Conference in Billings on April 5-7 at the Sheraton Billings Hotel. Sponsored by Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Montana Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Land Management and the Montana Community Foundation, the conference will focus on urban and near-urban settings and is targeted to trail advocates, park and recreation professionals, planners, engineers, landscape architects and consultants.
Conference topics include guidelines for trail design, trail grants and other funding, managing trails for increasing use, working with trusts and foundations, land opportunities and easements, tourism and trails, backcountry trail maintenance and hands-on training for certain grant programs. Guest speakers include representatives from the national Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, the federal Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program, Montana State BLM, Region 1 of the U. S. Forest Service and Montana state, community and private experts.
State trails planning has identified that even with 14,600 miles of trails in Montana, there is a need for more urban trails and trails that connect municipalities together and that connect municipalities with rural areas and the backcountry.
Registration for the three-day conference is $35. A one-day Saturday registration is $18. The registration form and agenda are on the FWP web page at fwp.state.mt.us. For information, contact Bob Walker at 444-4585, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Gilbert at 444-7642, email@example.com.