2021 Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 14

10:00 AM

The National Digital Trails Network – Connecting Trails to expand recreational opportunities on public lands

Elizabeth McCartney, USGS - National Digital Trails Project Manager

Tatyana Dimascio – USGS - National Digital Trails Project, Senior Technical Lead

1:00 PM 

Effective Communication of Leave No Trace - Tools for Protecting Alaska’s Trails

Erin Collier and Brice Esplin – Subaru / Leave No Trace Team Members

Thursday, April 15

10:00 AM

From Plans to Shovel Ready Projects - Setting the Stage for Trail & Outdoor Recreation Investments

Ricky Gease - Director, AK DNR Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Chris Beck - Alaska Trails Initiative Coordinator

Zach Babb - Program Manager - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) - Alaska

Reed Stoops – Alaska Long Trail Steering Committee

Lee Hart - Founder, Alaska Outdoor Alliance

Mariyam Medovaya - Alaska Trails Initiative Staff

Haley Johnston - Tongass National Forest Sustainable Trail Strategy Project Manager

Sharon Seim - Wilderness and Trails Program Manager, USFS Alaska Region

John Suomala - Recreation, Trails & Wilderness Program Manager, Tongass National Forest

SCORP Statewide Advisory Group representatives

12:15 PM 

LUNCH Keynote – Reimagining the CCC for Alaska's Future

Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Executive Director, Trail Mix

Kate McWilliams – Alaska Fellow, Trail Mix

1:15 PM 

Senator Lisa Murkowski: $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill – What It Means for
Investments in Alaska’s Trails, Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure & Economy

3:30 PM 

What it Costs vs. What is Available for Maintaining Public Trails,
and a Start at Filling the Gap

Stuart Leidner – State Park Superintendent, Mat-Su Valley and Copper River Basin
Tyler Glenn - Recreation Program Manager, Chugach National Forest
Tim Gurnett and Ben Corwin - Chugach State Park
AJ Wait – Natural Resource Manager - Alaska DNR, General use state lands

Friday, April 16

9:30 AM

Funding Panel: Funding Options for Trails

Chris Beck, Alaska Trails Initiative Coordinator
Steve Cleary, Executive Director, Alaska Trails
Ricky Gease, Director, AK DNR Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Eric Phillips, Community Development Director at Mat-Su Borough
Genelle Winter, Director of Landscape and Maintenance, Metlakatla Indian Community
Maeve Nevins-Lavtar, Senior Park Planner, Anchorage Parks and Recreation
Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Executive Director, Trail Mix

11:15 PM 

COVID Pandemic Highlights the Important Health Benefits of Trails

Nicolette Dent - Park Planner, Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation
Van Le - Manager – Planning Department, R&M CONSULTANTS,
Lee Hart - Founder, Alaska Outdoor Alliance

1:00 PM 

Volunteer Successes – Building Trails and Community

Kathy Sarns – Friends of Kachemak Bay
Geoff Orth – Interior Alaska Trails and Parks Foundation
Will Taygan – Chugiak Mountain Bike Riders
Mindy Eggleston – Delta Junction Trail Association

2:30 PM 

Project Updates – Exciting Trails Around the State!

Ben Hughey – Sitka Trail Works - South Sitka Sound Trail
Alan McClain and Emerson Krueger – Mat-Su Borough / Settler’s Bay Trails
Gabe Travis – Interior Trails / Curry-K'esugi Connector Trail
Mike Hopper – EARTH – Eastern Alaska Range Thru Hike
Lee Bolling and Adam Robinson – Singletrack Advocates / Hemlock Burn Trail
Beth Nordlund - Anchorage Park Foundation / Coastal Trail to Ship Creek
Haley Johnston – Alaska Trails / Tongass Sustainable Trail Strategy