Our fall conference brings together trail users, supporters, advocates, designers, and builders in our region. This year the conference will be online for accessibility, and our theme is "Trails for All: Equity, Access & Inclusion". We have a limited number of scholarships for low-income individuals. If you need such assistance, contact us via e-mail.

You can sponsor the conference by contacting us.

Conference Schedule:

2:00  Welcome

2:10  Equity, Health, and Access

Brandon Gonzalez and Cailin Henly - Alta Planning + Design


Description: Introduction to equity from a broader perspective and how it relates specifically to Pierce County. The speakers will provide an overview of the numerous health benefits of trails and how those benefits are inequitably distributed. They will also introduce an equity analysis as a trail planning and implementation tool.

2:40  Economic Impacts of Trails

Wendy Brown - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office


Description: Washington’s outdoor recreation is a driving force for the

state’s economy, creating jobs and supporting rural businesses. It also

is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll learn how Pierce County

benefits from our outdoor spaces and trails.

3:00  Break & Door Prizes

Fitbit Charge 3, new 3-spd city bicycle, wine & more!

Additional entries for donation @ registration.

3:05  Pierce County Trail Updates

3:15  The Trail Next Door

Allie Trip - Washington Trails Association


Description: GirlTrek, WTA, and the USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station came together to learn about mutual interests in trails, health, and inclusive outdoor spaces, with an interest in getting more people outside enjoying the benefits of time in nature. Learn how your community can benefit from this successful community program which included meetings, focus groups, and walking together outdoors.

3:35  Equity Assessment Tool and Action

Brandon Gonzalez and Cailin Henly - Alta Planning + Design

Description: Speakers will describe the equity assessment tool in greater detail and provide examples of some of its different input categories. They will discuss how the tool can be utilized for trail planning and implementation and highlight how the Parkland Trail is an example of an equitable trail investment.


3:55  Awards & Special Recognition

Conference Speakers:

Brandon Gonzalez

Brandon is a multi-disciplinary project manager and the Seattle Office Lead for Alta Planning + Design. Brandon is a firm believer that our physical environment and access to active recreation directly impact our happiness, health, and well-being. Brandon’s core competencies include long-range transportation planning, trails planning and design, comprehensive planning, and conducting planning and demographic analyses. He offers deep experience facilitating advisory groups and elected bodies, building consensus, and leading successful public engagement and visioning exercises. Brandon has worked in both the public and private sectors and he understands the challenges and opportunities associated with active transportation planning.

Cailin Henly

Cailin is a Planner and Programs Specialist with Alta Planning + Design, where she works closely with communities and agencies across the country on education and encouragement programs. Her passion for active transportation lies at the intersection of public health, planning, and community engagement. She approaches her work with an equity framework and with humility of knowing how her identities influence her perspective. Cailin prioritizes building relationships with community members, in which she seeks to be transparent, genuinely kind, and accountable. She has been an integral part of an Alta team advancing equity in projects and equity work within the company.

Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown is the Policy and Legislative Director of the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), where she oversees all of the internal policy development and governmental affairs work in the agency. She also has been the project lead on the past several economic studies funded by the agency. Prior to this position at RCO, Ms. Brown worked as the executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council, working with a diverse group of agencies and organizations to strengthen invasive species protections and response capabilities in Washington. Wendy has a background in restoration and conservation biology, having two Masters of Science degrees – one in conservation biology from Duke University and the other in restoration ecology from the University of Washington.

Allie Tripp
As Washington Trails Association's Strategic Initiatives Manager, Ally oversees strategic campaigns that work to fulfill the organization's vision of trails for everyone, forever (Lost Trails Found, Trails Rebooted, The Trail Next Door). She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington. She hikes for the views, campsite coffee, and the joy of a burger and beer after a long day on-trail. Outside of work and hiking/camping, she loves birds and admiring other people's gardens.

Past Conferences

Urban Trails Tacoma Cover.jpg

In 2019, our theme was "Sustainability & Stewardship" and we were pleased to have guidebook author Craig Romano as our keynote speaker. His presentation featured trails in his new book Urban Trails Tacoma.

Additionally, the conference had:

  • Panels on Trail Safety & Sustainability and
    Youth Involvement

  • Updates about Pierce County trail projects

  • Trail-oriented displays from conference sponsors

  • Presentation of our Annual Trail Awards


Conference Keynote Speaker:

Craig Romano, Guidebook Author

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