A tremendous turnout of recreational trail advocates met in late 2014 to discuss the intricacies of acquiring property and the practical methods of making trails. “Trails for All” was the theme of the 2014 Massachusetts Trails Conference which stressed the benefits of trails to health and quality of life as well as the importance of making trails accessible to the widest population possible.
The Keynote Speaker, Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Coordinator with the USDA Forest Service, provided a very informative talk about the laws and regulations in place to provide healthy opportunities for all ages and abilities. The 2014 Massachusetts Trails Award was presented to honor Colleen Abrams, coordinator at Wachusett Greenways, for her significant accomplishments for the very successful Wachusett Greenway project.
Along with the award ceremony, the conference also offered informative sessions on various topics. Throughout the conference, it was enlightening and exciting to hear from a wide range of attendees regarding their personal experiences in trail design. Through conversation and formal presentations, extensive information was shared to demonstrate how to bring “Trails to All.”
Beals and Thomas would like to thank the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board who co-sponsored this conference along with Amanda Lewis, head of the conference and the Recreational Trails Program for the DCR.
Written by Robert E. Weidknecht, RLA, Sr. Associate