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National Trails Accessibility Expert To Speak At State Trails Conference
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Friday, March 30, 2001

A nationally renowned expert on accessible trail design, Peter Axelson, Director of Research and Development for Beneficial Designs, Inc., will speak at the opening session of the Montana State Trails Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Billings.

The conference, April 5-7, will feature trails experts from Montana and other states and field trips to Billings area trails.A Friday evening banquet will feature Hugh Morris and Jeff Ciabotti of the Rails To Trails Conservancy from Washington, DC.Educational sessions and grant writing workshops will be conducted on April 7.

Darlene Tussing, Coordinator of the State Trails Conference Host Committee said, "This is a tremendous opportunity to bring people together from across the state who are interested in developing trails and greenways, and promoting bicycle/pedestrian opportunities in their communities."The conference will provide an opportunity for trail user communities including hikers, bicyclers, horseback riders, skiers, OHV users and snowmobilers to share information and discuss issues, and is expected to attract trail advocates, planners, engineers, landscape architects, consultants and park and recreation professionals.

Local, state and federal organizations involved include: Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Montana Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Montana Community Foundation, Montana Parks Association, Western Heritage Center, Yellowstone River Parks Association and BikeNet."

For more information contact Bob Walker at 406-444-4585, E-mail bwalker@ state.mt.us or Darlene Tussing at 406-247-8637, E-mail tussingd@ci.billings.mt.us.