News release from the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor:
Trails Conference Scheduled
(September 17, 2015) – Preparations are well underway for the Second Annual Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Trails Conference. Entitled “Boots, Bikes & Boats,” the event is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the Oberhaus Park Pavilion located at 750 W. Maumee Avenue in Napoleon, Ohio.
The conference is designed to have broad appeal to those involved in the planning, construction and use of trails. Elected officials and the public are also encouraged to attend but pre-registration is required. The $45.00 registration fee includes coffee, break snacks and a box lunch and is due by October 1. The complete conference brochure including the registration form can be found at https://maumeevalleyheritagecorridor.org/.
“Boots, Bikes & Boats” will bring together representatives from all three areas of recreational travel. The intensive one-day program will discuss such trail issues as finding funding sources; route planning and considerations; trail marking, signage and maps; infrastructure requirements and features; and promotion. Along with the basic issues shared by all trails, connectivity will also be discussed. This program is presented by the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor in partnership with Defiance Soil & Water Conservation District and with generous support from the Mannik Smith Group and the Davey Resource Group.
Speakers and topics include: Christine Connell from Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) will discuss a statewide initiative to certify 3,000 miles of signed hike/bike trails; Eric Oberg of the Rails to Trails Conservancy will address issues around bike trails; Douglas Leed from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will discuss the Ohio Water Trails Program; and Sharon Strouse with the National Scenic Byway Foundation and Oho Byway Links will talk about the packaging and promotion of trail assets. Angie Quinn of Fort Wayne Trails will also offer a concise history of travel in the Maumee Valley.
About the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor
Founded in 1991, the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor is a regional non-profit organization created to advocate for and protect the historical, natural and cultural resources of the Maumee Valley watershed while promoting their use and appreciation by current and future residents and visitors. The Maumee River is the longest in the entire Great Lakes System and is an Ohio designated State Scenic and Recreational River. The watershed encompasses over 6500 square miles (the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined) in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.