2018 Conference Proceedings - Burlington, VT

Select presentations from the 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference are posted below.

April 23, 2018 (Monday)

Professional Development and Training Sessions

SCORP University
John Baas, Principal, MIG

Planning and Managing Commercial Visitor Services on Public Lands

Geoff Baekey, Managing Director, CHM Government Services; Carey Stavreski, Vice President, CHM Government Services; Susan Liston, Vice President Growth, Aramark Leisure Division; Jared Zucker, Concessions Program Manager, California State Parks; Sabine Sander, Senior Management Analyst, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department; Patrick Neuber, Project Manager, Goodwyn Mills Cawood; Brock Hill, Deputy Commissioner Bureau of Parks and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Innovations in Outdoor Recreation Research
Curated by Dr. Jordan Smith and Dr. Michael Bradley

  • Climate change risk perceptions and willingness to act

    Lydia Horne (University of Maine), Sandra De Urioste-Stone (University of Maine), Caroline Noblet (University of Maine), Laura Rickard (University of Maine), Andrew Morgan (University of Maine)

  • The economics of recreational angling: Assessing the Impact and value of the Lake Erie fishery
    Michael D. Ferguson (University of New Hampshire), Alan Graefe (Pennsylvania State University), Andrew Mowen (Pennsylvania State University)

  • Partnership mapping for enhanced relevance and inclusion
    Elizabeth Perry (University of Vermont)

Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) Steering Committee Meeting and Listening Session
Moderated by Michael Synder, Commission, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Poster Session

Crowding, coping, and confusion – Appalachian Trail long-distance hiker experiences and behavior near the northern terminus of the trail
Leah Beck, Graduate Student, University of Maine

Economic Impact of Mountain Bikers, Climbers and Paddlers in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests
Dr. Michael Bradley, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University; Dr. James Maples, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Developing Recreation Mobile Crowd-sourcing Applications for New York
Katie Budreski, Geospatial and Data Solutions Lead, Stone Environmental

Visitation and Economics of Recreation/Tourism in Western Maryland State Forests
Dr. Natalia Buta, Associate Professor, Frostburg State University

Repositioning of Perceived Benefits
Eric Dorata, Graduate Research Assistant, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Bob Barcelona, Department Chair, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Nate Trauntvein, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire; Dr. Michael Ferguson, Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

Lift-service and Backcountry: An Analysis of Social and Role Identities Present in Vermont Skiers
MacKenzie Fuqua, MS Student, University of Vermont

University of Vermont Extension Connects Youth & Families with Vermont Natural Resources
Sarah Kleinman, Director 4-H/Youth Program, University of Vermont Extension; Lauren Traister, 4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator, University of Vermont Extension

Linking National Parks and Urban Playgrounds: Two Case Studies from Canada
Elise Gatti, Doctoral Candidate, University of Utah; Adam Cienenstock

An Investigation of Urban Greenway Users in Philadelphia: How urban outdoor recreation intersects with place attachment and pro-environmental behaviors
Geneva Gondak, Student, University of Pennsylvania

Challenges and Opportunities for Creating Access Equity
Michael Hill, Landscape Architect, USDA Forest Service; Francisco Valenzuela, Region 3 Recreation Director, USDA Forest Service

Hidden in Plain Sight: Creating Intention, Elemental, and Metaphorical Outdoor Recreation Programs for those being challenged by cancer and all those who love them
Suzanne Johnson, Executive Director, Healing Winds USA

Trekking Poles: Fact or Fiction
Dr. Adam Keath, Assistant Professor, Anderson University; Dr. Jennifer Bossi, Assistant Professor, Anderson University; Shelbye Fink, Student, Anderson University; Cayce Allen, Student, Anderson University; Dakota Pott, Student, Anderson University

Camping 101 clinic -Using a knowledge gap to get involved with your community
Valerie Manriquez, Student, University of Central Oklahoma; Amanda Cooper, Student, University of Central Oklahoma; Emily Hale, Student, University of Central Oklahoma

Find Your Trail: National Water Trails and National Recreation Trails Near You
Lelia Mellen, Co-Lead Rivers and Watersheds, National Park Service

Heritage Park – Bridging Community and the Environment
Dr. Peter Pettengill, Assistant Professor, St. Lawrence University

Volunteers: The Essential Component to Adaptive Sports Organizations
Marianne Ryan, Graduate Student, University of New Hampshire

A Nationwide Comparison of State-level Outdoor Recreation Initiatives
Brooke Sausser, Graduate Student, Utah State University; Dr. Jordan Smith, Director, Utah State University Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism; Robert Ratcliffe, Division Chief, National Park Service; Krista Sherwood, Senior Planner, National Park Service

Oklahoma's State of Health: The People, the Economy, and the Environment
Dr. Tannaz Soltani, Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University; Dr. Lowell Caneday, Regents Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University

Forest bathing in the cloud: Using social media to explore the greenspace and mental health link
Aaron Schwartz, PhD Student,University of Vermont

Reinventing Mrs. Faulkner's Trail:  How an 80-Year-Old Trail Became Newly Accessible
Jennifer Waite, Vermont Projects Director, National Park Service

Differences among Northwest Minnesota Residents and Non-residents in Willingness to Pay for Regional Recreational Activities
Dr. Eddie Walker, Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Management, University of Minnesota – Crookston; Dr. Rutherford Johnson, Economics Lecturer, University of Minnesota – Crookston; Mikayla Jones, Student, University of Minnesota – Crookston


April 24, 2018 (Tuesday)

How the Sierra Club has moved towards Equity, Inclusion, and JusticeLornett Vestal, Sierra Club Military Outdoors Program, Southeastern Military and Veterans Coordinator; Aaron Leonard, Sierra Club; Mabari Boyd, Sierra Club; Soleil Tara Black, Sierra Club

Collaboration done right: The history and legacy of the AT
Jeffrey Ryan, Author

Integrative planning for trail and trail system development and management
Jeremy Wimpey, Virginia Tech & Penn State Universities; Dr. Nathan Reigner, Social Scientist; Scott Linnenburger, Kay-Linn Enterprises, Planning and Management Specialist

Public Health and the Great Outdoors: Leveraging Partnerships to Achieve Shared Goals in Minnesota
Arielle Courtney, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division, Principal Planner

How to Build a Successful River Steward Program
Liz Lacy, National Park Service, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Community Planner; Stephan Bastrzycki, Farmington River Coordinating Committee, River Steward

Using Parks and Trails to Promote Mental Health: The Mood Walks Program
Elise Gatti, University of Utah, Doctoral Candidate, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

Mississippi River Paddle Share - Opportunities, challenges and successes of implementing a first of a kind paddle/bike share system in an urban national park
Susan Overson, National Park Service-Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Landscape Architect/Park Planner

Active Transportation for Federal Lands and Gateway Communities: Planning and Partnering to Improve Visitor Access
Krista Sherwood, National Park Service, Senior Planner; Laurie Miskimins. FHWA – Central Federal Lands Highway Diversion, Transportation Planner

Collaborative Communities Managing Emerging Recreation Trends
Holly Knox, Green Mountain National Forest, District Recreation Program Manager; Michael Snyder, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Commissioner; Greg Maino, Communications & Events Director, Catamount Trail Association; Angus McCusker, Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trail Alliance, President; Drew Pollak-Bruce, Associate Planner, SE Group

Vermont's Missisquoi River Valley: an unfolding case study for outdoor recreation, economic development, environmental stewardship and community health
Karrie Thomas, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Executive Director; Denise Smith, RiseVT, Program Manager; Lindsey Wight, Upper Missisquoi/Trout Rivers Wild & Scenic Committee; Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director, Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Kingdom Trails - Building a Healthy Community, Sustaining a Healthy Economy
Abby Long, Kingdom Trail Association, Executive Director; Lilias Ide, Kingdom Trail Association, Marketing, Events and Retail

Engaging Local Communities in Recreational Planning
Tim Casey, Colorado Mesa University, Professor of Political Science and Director of Natural Resource Center; Allysia Angus, BLM, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Landscape Architect

The Stimulus of Trails to Grow Communities
Greg Mazu, Singletrack Trails, Inc., Chief Encouragement Officer

Think big, tackle small: outdoor recreation as a catalyst for healthy people and resilient, livable communities
Kelly Grissman, Three Rivers Park District, Facility Supervisor; Tyler Thompson, Three Rivers Park District, Facility Supervisor

ParkRx: Prescription for Nature
Craig Whipple, Vermont State Parks, Director; Bethany Yon, Vermont Department of Health, Chronic Disease Prevention Specialist; Andy Paluch, Executive Director, Come Alive Outside; Heidi Lynch, Vermont Farmers Food Center, Healthcare Liaison; Jaya Davis, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, Health Coach

Recreation in a Changing Climate: Adaptations and Resilience

Dr. Robert Manning, Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Professor Emeritus; William Valliere, University of Vermont, Research Specialist; Elizabeth Perry, University of Vermont, Graduate Research Assistant; Dr. Jennifer Pontius, University of Vermont, Research Assistant Professor; Craig Whipple, Vermont State Parks, Director; Cindy Lock, Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Executive Director; Louise Lintilhac, Lintilhac Foundation, Board of Directors

Community Trails: Community Connections & Resources
Daniel Biggs, Weston & Sampson, Senior Landscape Architect

Parks as Infrastructure
Gary Sorge, Stantec, Vice President, Community Development; Kevin Beutell, Stantec, Senior Associate

One Wheel at a Time:  Building a mountain bike trail system through partnerships to boost economic development, youth opportunities, and build community
Briget Eastep, Southern Utah University, Director of Outdoor Engagement; Dave Jacobson, BLM, Cedar City Field Office, Recreation Planner; Maria Twitchell, Cedar City/Brianhead Tourism Bureau, Executive Director

Healthy Parks
Scott Crawford, Principal, RDG Planning

Resilient Camping Communities: Using Consumer Information to Adapt to Trends in Camping [NORC Talk]
Scott Bahr, President, Cairn Consulting Group

Wind, Water and Wellness; Recreation and Mortality…[NORC Talk]
Suzanne Johnson, Executive Director, Healing Winds Vermont

The promise of social media analytics [NORC Talk]
Adam Milnor, Community Planner, National Park Service

What are your Instagramable experiences? [NORC Talk]
Patrick Neuber, Project Manager, Goodwyn Mills Cawood

Careers In Outdoor Recreation: Expanding your Perspectives and Career Panel

Chris Rutgers, Executive Director, Transforming Youth Outdoors; Keaton Welch, NPS Intern; Career Panel, Participants TBD, including Federal, State, County, Academic, Non Profit, Private professionals

YourPassNow: A Great Idea for the Great Outdoors
Cody Mruk, Business Development Associate for NIC Federal

Checkout Colorado State Parks
Anthony Gurzick, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Manager Marketing and Creative Services

Community Collaboration through Outdoor Public Service: The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program
Nick Rushford, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah, Graduate Assistant; Dr. Jeff Rose, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah, Assistant Professor; Brandon Stocksdale, National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, Community Planner; Dr. Nate Furman, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah, Assistant Professor

Reinvigorating an American Tradition: How the NWTF is Engaging Partners to Improve Healthy Habitat, Access & Interest in Hunting & Shooting Sports
Rebecca Humphries, National Wild Turkey Federation, CEO

Sustainability of polar bear viewing at the Arctic Refuge
Dr. Jeffrey Hallo, Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Associate Professor; Dr. Robert Dvorak; Jessica Fefer; Jennifer Reed; Lauren Miller 

Winds of Change – Predicting Support and Opposition for Proposed Offshore Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes
Dr. Michael Ferguson, University of New Hampshire, Assistant Professor; Dr. lan Graefe, The Pennsylvania State University, Professor; Dr. Andrew Mowen, The Pennsylvania State University, Professor

An Unorthodox Approach to Trail Planning for a Mountain Community
Maura Olivos, Alta Ski Area, Sustainability Coordinator; Chris Cawley, Town of Alta, Assistant Town Administrator and Intergovernmental Coordinator

The Economic Impact of the Whitefish Trail: How Conservation and Recreation Created an Economic Engine
Dr. Megan Lawson, Headwaters Economics, Economist; Alan Myers-Davis, Whitefish Legacy Partners, Director of Development


April 26, 2018 (Thursday)

Working with Community Foundations and Other Funders to Support Community Success
Kristine Komar, Double K Outfit, Principal; Elizabeth Gamache, Vermont Community Foundation, Vice President of Grants and Community Investments; Ross Sneyd, National Life Group Foundation, Director of Corporate Communications and Community Relations

Creating Vibrant Public Spaces Through Creative Placemaking
Sharon Yazowski, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, Executive Director

Arts in the National Parks: Connecting with New Audiences
Charles Tracy, National Park Service, Arts Partners Specialist/New England Trail Superintendent

Questing at the Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area
Jim Brangan, Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Assistant Director

Picture Canyon: a Case Study in Community Conservation
Elizabeth Emery, City of Flagstaff, AZ, Open Space Specialist

Following a Heritage Rail Trail to Community Resilience
Cindy Locke, Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Executive Director

A Partnership that Works
John Medose, Vermont State Parks, Regional Facility Manager; Breck Knauff, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Executive Director; Patrick Pfeiffer, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Conservation Program Director

Adaptive Recreation in Vermont:  How Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport builds community through accessible recreation, partnerships, and inclusion
Kelly Walsh, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Burlington Program Coordinator

Community Collaboration to Increase Access for Diverse Populations
Mary Dowd, Community Sailing Center, Education & Outreach Manager; Alex Bornstein, Chill Foundation, Executive Director; Kelly Walsh, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sport, Northern Program Coordinator; Laura McDonough, Senior Operations Associate, AARP Vermont

Understanding the Nation's Outdoor Recreation Economy

Bob Ratcliffe, National Park Service, Chief, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Division; Stephen Nofield, National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, Program Leader; Jessica Wahl, Government Affairs Manager, Outdoor Industry Association; Tom Howells, Chief, Industry Analysis Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Department of Commerce; Rom Adams, Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Spatially Linking Recreation Supply, Demand, and Constraints
Dr. Wayde Morse, Auburn University, Associate Professor; Mitch Carter, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Research Assistant

New Paradigm in Recreation Planning: VT Town Forest Toolkit
Katherine Forrer, UVM Extension, Community Forestry Specialist; Dr. Lisa Chase, UVM Extension, Natural Resource Specialist; Drew Pollak-Bruce, CPRP, SE Group, Associate Planner

Developing Recreation Economies in the Monongahela National Forest
Doug Arbogast, West Virginia University Extension, Rural Tourism Specialist; Troy Waskey, Monongahela National Forest, District Ranger; Daniel Eades, West Virginia University, Rural Economist

Trail Under Fire: Overcoming Long Odds via Partnerships
Peter Barr, Conserving Carolina, Trails Coordinator; Tim Johnson, Rockingham Community College, Director Duke Energy Trails

Planning: Using Web Maps to Collaborate
Maile Adler, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office, Recreation Program Lead; Caroline Kilbane, Bureau of Land Management, Outdoor Recreation Planner; Dennis Byrd, Bureau of Land Management, Washington Office Division of Recreation and Visitor Services, Outdoor Recreation Planner

Visitor Use Management Framework and from the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council and applications from the agencies
Aleksandra Pitt, National Park Service, Visitor Use Management Specialist; Rachel Franchina, US Forest Service; Dr. Rachel Collins, National Park Service