Trail Symposium: Land Conservation + Map Design

Come out and join us for a fun night of exciting presentations, light snacks and refreshments! Tonight's speakers include: Sona Mason and Jeremy Apgar.

This year, several of our staff members presented at the International Trails Symposium in Syracuse, NY.  At our second Trail Conference Trail Symposium this year, our staff will be sharing their presentations at our HQ.  Come out and join us for a fun night of exciting presentations, light snacks and refreshments!  Additionally, guests are welcome to bring any potluck-style treats you'd like to share (and/or a beer or wine to enjoy).

Symposium Agenda:

6:00 – Arrive and mingle with fellow volunteers

6:30 – Presentation by Sona Mason: "Grassroots Greenway: Protection of Long-Distance Trails Creates Important Parkland" (description below)

7:15 – Q&A

7:30 – Break and mingle

7:45 – Presentation by Jeremy Apgar: “Trail Map 'Dos and Don'ts:' Best Practices for Designing Trail Maps (description below)

8:30 – Q&A

9:00 - Closing


Sona Mason: "Grassroots Greenway: Protection of Long-Distance Trails Creates Important Parkland"

In the continuous effort to reroute long-distance trails onto undeveloped land—not only to protect the hiker, but also improve the overall user experience—new parks and greenways are created. Greenways connecting isolated parks not only provide continuity of valued scenic landscapes and public spaces, they also provide corridors for safer migration of wildlife and seed dispersal. But development of an unprotected parcel or a change in access permission on a single property can swiftly mean the end of the line for a trail route—and a broken link in this important green corridor. Participants will analyze the challenges and solutions of creating corridors that last in perpetuity with representatives of land trusts, park administrations, and nonprofits who are working together in the greater New York metropolitan area to protect trails and create valuable greenways in the most densely populated area of the country.


Jeremy Apgar: "Trail Map 'Dos and Don'ts:' Best Practices for Designing Trail Maps"

Trail maps have great power in their ability to safely guide trail users to amazing outdoor destinations. However, a bad trail map can make a trip unpleasant at best, or dangerous at worst. It is important to carefully consider design choices when creating a map, from broad styles down to the smallest details. This session examines some of the design decisions that differentiate a good trail map from a bad one, from the perspective of an organization with more than 80 years of trail mapping experience in the New York Metropolitan area. Come prepared to critique and share your thoughts about trail maps, and learn some best practices for creating detailed trail maps that are easy to use. All trail users, from casual walkers to experienced mountain bikers or hikers, should have access to a good trail map to make the most of their outdoor experience.

September 12th, 2019 6:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
Trail Conference Headquarters
600 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
United States
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