Sunday, December 23, 2007

Michigan Recreation and Park Association Conference

Traverse City will be the site of this year's "Grand Experience," the theme of the Michigan Recreation and Park Association 2008 conference and trade show. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will host the conference. A Pre-conference forum will focus on the "Grand Scheme to Connect Michigan's Trails."

The Trails, Greenways & Blueways Committee is proud to announce its first state-wide Trails Forum. Following months of discussion and planning, agencies such as Oakland County Parks, Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative, Michigan Sea Grant, Hamilton-Anderson, the State of Michigan, the National Park Service, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and many others, have joined forces.

This day-long Forum will focus on an update from all trail disciplines across Michigan, a report on Governor Granholm's Plan: Trails at the Crossroads, and the Michigan Trials and Greenways Alliance "Connecting Michigan" plan. In addition, concurrent break-out sessions will focus on trail building, managing, maintenance and programming topics. The closing remarks will address trails and eco-tourism, a topic of interest to all.

Desiree Sorenson-Groves, Vice-President of Government Affairs for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Washington D.C., will be our plenary lunch speaker. Ms. Sorenson-Groves will provide us with a great overview of the National Wildlife Refuge Program "Taking Flight." This is a nationally acclaimed program to help organizations create and sustain a successful "Friends" group.

In addition, the lunch break will provide an opportunity to have "lunch with the experts." All of the guest speakers will be available for some great networking time. This is a unique time in history for Michigan and its trail movement. You are cordially invited to be a part of the excitement.

go to Michigan Recreation and Park Association, click on the PDF Brochure to see all the seminars and activities
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