Nearly every Idahoan who enjoys the out-of-doors has a story to tell about an encounter on our public lands that was less than civil. When we meet on the trail, it is easy for conflicts to arise between users. What is appopriate in various situatinos? Can trails be designed or managed to minimize conflicts? What are the most common violations of the "rules of the trail"? Can civility and endorphins mix? This forum is a collaboration between the Idaho Environmental Forum, City Club and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), and is part of City Club's ongoing Civility Project series.
Drew Stoll, of Great Outdoors Consultants, has worked as a trail and parks professional for 23 years. He helped design trails and parks across the West, and even in Central America. He joins us via the SORP national conference (meeting in Boise this week).
Two local experts will provide context from the Treasure Valley. Dave Gordon has been the manager of the Ridge to Rivers trail system since 2004. He has heard and seen it all with regard to trails issues. Steve Stuebner may be the ultimate trail users, having written local guidebooks for hiking and trail running, mountain biking and even paddling Idaho's rivers. He was the founding prodient of the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association in 1992, and is the past president of the Idaho Trails Council.
Bring your trail stories and etiquette questions for the experts, and find out how Idaho fares in terms of civility on the trail.
IEF members may register at the City Club member rate by contacting City Club.