International Symposium Features Trail Conference Presenters

May 01, 2019
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


International Symposium Features Trail Conference Presenters


American Trails hosts the 24th International Trails Symposium and Training Institute in Syracuse, N.Y., April 28 through May 1—and the Trail Conference will be well-represented at this biennial gathering of trail leaders. Staff and volunteers will be making presentations alongside some of our partners on the following topics important to our mission and in connecting people to nature:

  • DIY Volunteer Program Assessment: Maximize and Sustain Your Volunteer Community — Volunteer Engagement Manager Kendra Baumer
  • Trail Map “Dos and Don’ts:” Best Practices for Designing Trail Maps — Cartographer Jeremy Apgar
  • Old Trails, New Systems: Re-Imagining Existing Trail Networks — New Jersey Program Coordinator Peter Dolan and Regional Park Superintendent of New Jersey State Parks Joshua Osowski
  • Managing High-Use Trails: Why Trail Stewards Are a Necessity in Creating Safe, Sustainable Trails — Senior Program Coordinator Hank Osborn (This presentation will be recorded and available to view after the event; we’ll post the link at
  • New York’s Breakneck Ridge: A Challenge for Hikers Becomes a Challenge to Sustain — Senior Program Coordinator Hank Osborn and Statewide Trails Planner for NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Chris Morris
  • Grassroots Greenway: Protection of Long-Distance Trails Creates Important Parkland — West Hudson Program Coordinator Sona Mason, Director of Conservation and Stewardship for the Orange County Land Trust Matt Decker, and Senior Vice President of Open Space Institute Terrence Nolan

The Symposium is open to the public. Passes and more information can be found at