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Montana State Trails Conference April 3-5 To Address Community And Backcountry Trails


Fri Mar 21 00:00:00 MST 2003

The Subaru/International Mountain Bicycle Association Trail Care Crew rounds out the list of 25 sessions offered at the Montana’s State Trails Conference in Butte, April 3-5 at the Ramada Inn Copper King Hotel. 

“The conference will provide an opportunity for trail recreationists including hikers, bicyclers, horseback riders, skiers, OHV riders and snowmobilers to share information and discuss issues,” said Bob Walker, state trails programs coordinator with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  Walker said the conference is designed to meet the needs of trail advocates, planners, engineers, landscape architects, consultants and park and recreation professionals.

Dana Bell, of the American Trails Executive Committee, will be among the more than 60 experts sharing information during 25 educational sessions. Trails field trips will round out the agenda. 

Other topics to be covered during the April 4-5 sessions are:  the economic impacts of trails to communities and neighborhoods; hands-on training on trail maintenance, rehabilitation and management; design criteria for urban trails; the use of pack and saddle stock in trail construction and maintenance; and river recreation management.

Hosts for the 2003 State Trails Conference include: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Butte-Silverbow County, Montana Recreation and Parks Association, the Montana Departments of Transportation and The Department of Public Health and Human Services.

For more information, including an agenda and registration form, log onto the FWP web page at  Click on Parks, then look under Hot Topics. Or contact Jocelyn Dodge, Butte Ranger District, at 406-494-0246, E-mail for information.