Washington- Two American Rivers’ staff members will present on the connection between blue trails, the water equivalent of hiking trails, and land protection during the Southeastern Water Trails Forum. Matt Rice, Associate Director of Southeast Conservation, and Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer, will present on October 29th from 3:15-4:45 at the Chattanooga Marriot.
This session will teach water trail developers how to improve recreational opportunities on their water trail by protecting their river through land conservation. The interactive presentation will cover several topics including:
- Developing strategic partnerships.
- Building community support.
- Developing messages.
- Building on existing efforts involving land conservation and watershed protection in the water trail focus area.
The presentation will also include case studies of model water trail projects that are improving recreation through land protection. The model water trail projects are:
Waccamaw River Blue Trail
- working with land trusts and federal and state agencies to protect critical land
- using the recreational value of the trail to influence local decision makers
- capitalizing on existing land and river protection efforts
Congaree River Blue Trail
- recreational and protective designations
- working with land trusts and landowners and federal and state agencies
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.