2018 South Mountain Partnership Trails Workshop: Building Strong Community Connections

Download materials from the 2018 Trails Workshop here: Keynote Presentations – Benefit of Trails and Susquehanna Heritage presentation; Bike Friendly Communities Panel – Bike Friendly York, Harrisburg Bike Share, and Camp Hill Bike Friendly Community; Trail Case Study Panel – 911 Trail, PEC Trail Work, and Washington Township Trails; Lunch Presentation – Michaux State Forest Trails and transcript; Working with PennDOT to Fund Bike Trails presentation and handout 1 on funding and 2 on planning and design; Motivating and Retaining Volunteers presentation; The How’s and Why’s of Trail User Studies presentation; Cumberland Valley Rail Traill presentation; Building Municipal Support for Trails presentation; and Capital Area Greenbelt presentation.

On November 20, 2018, more than 100 people gathered at Shippensburg University to learn about hiking and biking trail design and maintenance, how to garner support for new trails, how to motivate volunteers, and so much more. Attendees came from across the South Mountain region and beyond, and represented a wide variety of organizations such as municipal and state governments, trail-related nonprofits, design and engineering firms, and retirees who love working on trails – to name but a few.

This workshop was part of a capacity grant from the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Program to expand and enhance the work of the South Mountain Partnership. The event was planned in coordination with planning departments from Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Environmental Council, the Center for Land Use & Sustainability at Shippensburg University, and Capital RC&D.

Because of the great success of the event, we plan to organize a new trails workshop every 3 years or so… stay tuned for more details in 2020!