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2023 Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 12

8:30 AM - 5 PM - Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop
Trail Contracting - How to Make it a Good Experience
Mike Shields, Trail Consultant

What makes a good and legally defensible contract for both parties, and what are the pitfalls to avoid?  Covers Contract Preparation (contract types, RFQs vs RFPs, “Hybrid” contracts, language, Terms & Conditions, permits and plans, Scope, Bid Schedules, “Engineer’s Estimates”, standard “boilerplate”, legal sufficiency, writing practical and measurable Specifications, drawings and sketches) and Field Administration (the Bidders List, payment terms, time limits, solicitation, Award and Notice to Proceed, lines of authority, Pre-Bid actions and problems, Submittals, the Inspection process and contract Records, Change Orders, Disputes, Claims, Stop Work Orders and Seasonal Shutdowns, accidents, contract Closure vs Termination, Default and Debarment).  Includes class exercises and scenarios, discussion of “good”, “bad” and “frustrating” contract experiences, and a binder of reference material.


NOTE: This workshop was in-person only and was not recorded. 

12:30 PM - 2 PM 
Sustainable Trails 101
Jon Underwood, Happy Trails

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Funding Trails in Alaska - State and Federal Grants

Thursday, April 13

Transforming Alaska’s Outdoor Recreation Landscape

9:00 - 10:30 AM 
Creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation in Alaska

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 2023-2027

1:00 - 2:30 PM 
Alaska Long Trail - Update on Progress and Next Steps

2:45 - 3:45 PM 
Tongass Sustainable Trails Strategy

4:00 - 5:00 PM 
Updates from Around the State

Friday, April 14

9:00 - 9:45 AM
Keynote: Build Trails and Trail Organizations
Kim Frederick, Chinook Associates

10:00 - 11:00 AM 
Training Crew Leaders for Alaska's Trails

Building on the keynote themes, three seasoned Alaska trail professionals will share their perspectives on years of training--and being trained--and what they've learned about how to build strong leadership in the trails world. With experience as leaders and trainers for agencies, non-profits, and in the private sphere, over many regions of the state, the presenters will discuss what makes a skilled, successful, and empowered trail crew leader.

Key topics include:

  • Technical & interpersonal skills

  • Leadership and learning styles

  • Alaska-specific factors/safety


NOTE: This session was in-person only and was not recorded. 

Training Crew Leaders for Alaska's Trails Presentation Slides/Outline

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Community Trail Organizations - Building Local Capacity

1:00 - 2:15 PM 
Trails as Transportation: A Case Study in Homer

1:00 - 2:15 PM 
How to Break Rock

A quick overview of rock mechanics (formation, types, density, strength and hardness, uniformity, dis-continuities, weathering and pre-fracturing) whether as a boulder or bedrock; what kind of breakage do you want (wall slabs vs gravel); the various means of obtaining that breakage (hammers, jackhammers, rock drills, chisel-bits, non-explosive “busters”, high explosives, expansive cements, and wedge-and-feathers); and how does rock react to those means.  If you’ve ever hammered on a “boulder” for 20 minutes to no effect, this class will explain why that happens.



  • Mike Shields, Trail Consultant

NOTE: This course was in-person only and was not recorded. 

2:30 - 3:15 PM 
Plan Ahead to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

3:30 - 4:30 PM 
Map Technology for Evidence Based Trails

Map Technology for Evidence Based Trails Presentation Slides

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