Mar 23

2018 California Trails and Greenways

2018 California Trails and Greenways

The 2018 California Trails and Greenways Conference provides trail professionals, advocates, volunteers, and users with a venue for sharing practical, up-to-date trail management and advocacy skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, inter-connected, sustainable non-motorized trail systems. Alta is a proud sponsor of the 2018 California Trails and Greenways Conference. Alta staff will present at the following sessions:

Educational Breakout Sessions

Addressing Common Complaints about Trails

9:45-10:45 AM, Wednesday, March 28th 

Do trails really increase noise, erode privacy, decrease property values, and encourage criminal activity? This presentation will cite specific studies and provide clear statistics to separate fact from myth.The panelists will also describe strategies for sharing these messages and finding the right messenger.

Brian Burchfield, PLA, Design Associate, Alta Planning + Design
Jeff Knowles, AICP, Senior Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design

SMART Rail with Trail, A Balancing Act

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, March 29th

SMART is Sonoma Marina Area Rail Transit, it is a new commuter rail and multi-use pathway project in an old railroad right of way in Sonoma and Marin counties.

Paul Klassen, PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate Engineer, Alta Planning + Design

Trail Planning in Industrial Areas

2:45-3:45 PM, Thursday, March 29th

Knitting a trail through an industrial corridor is very challenging and can be very expensive.  From physical constraints, to bad smells, noisy freight trains, and contaminated soils.  Is it worth the trouble?  YES! This session will explore the unique challenges of planning and designing trails to and through industrial corridors.  We will also help put the numerous benefits (faster commute times, less congestion, healthier, happier and more productive employees) into context through two case studies, the LA River and Swan Island-Mocks Crest Trail.

Emily Duchon, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal, Alta Planning + Design