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21st American Trails International Trails Symposium


2013/02/04

Bonnie Davis
horsecamping@comcast.net
(510) 299-5215 cell
(925) 523-3241
 

The International Trails Symposium will gallop into Fountain Valley, Arizona April 14 -17, 2013 for a full agenda of trail planning, events, presentations, get-togethers, trail rides and more. The symposium will be held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort Destination in the Radisson Resort & Conference Center, near Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

From the site one can access more than 36,000 acres of Arizona’s Sonoran desert. Take in panoramic views of rugged mountains and slopes lush with vegetation unique to the Sonoran desert, then choose from a network of trails for hiking, biking, and wildlife watching at McDowell Mountain Regional Park or Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve. Equestrians will find miles of trail riding opportunities. The Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve is 740 acres of open space and consists of four trails, with connectivity into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Wildlife viewings are common, such as deer, javelina, coyotes, bobcats, and a multitude of bird species. Flowing rivers are rare in the desert, yet as home to the Salt River and Verde River, this area embraces two of the Southwest’s largest and most scenic waterways. And Saguaro Lake is only a few minutes away.

Featured workshops at the symposium include: Trail Assessment Process; Natural Surface Trail Management for a Sustainable Trail program; Trail Crew Leader Skills; Water Trails Caucus, coordinated by American Rivers; Creating a Trail Maintenance Management Program, Horse Trails Caucus, and more.

Clinician Bonnie Davis will give a presentation on “Weed Free Feed -- fact or fiction?”  Many public land agencies are requiring the use of state Certified Weed Free Feeds before allowing equestrians to ride, camp or pack on public lands.  But is weed free feed/forage really noxious/invasive weed free? 

Consulting and working with the California National Park Service, Davis designed and managed protocol for the NPS project to determine exactly what noxious/invasive weeds could be found in horse manure. Samples were tested, dried, and grown at Dominican University in an enclosed environment over the three year project. Results were peer reviewed and published in top scientific journals to provide scientific data regarding closing of public lands to equestrian uses.

For more information, registration, times, check website www.AmericanTrails.org/2013.
 

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