Leveraging Trails and Nature #MACoCon – Conduit Street

Thursday afternoon at the MACo Summer Conference, learn more about the importance of trails in community development and broader connectivity.

Long neglected, trail networks are increasingly becoming an integral part of many park systems. These networks offer a cacophony of benefits; ranging from improving community health, connectivity and economic development. As demands on local governments grow, forward-thinking community leaders need to think about the benefits that trail networks can bring to their corner of the country.

Title: The Path to Economic Recovery: Leveraging Trails and Nature

The description: No longer seen as mere trails in the woods, trails have become an important tool for stimulating economic development and creating cohesive communities. These underappreciated assets connect different points of interest and boost tourism, while providing a source of local recreation and connecting the workforce to their communities. This panel discusses the ins and outs of trail development and management and how harnessing these overlooked assets can benefit Marylanders.


  • Natalia Sanchez, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program
  • Dan Hudson, Trail Manager, Maryland Park Service
  • Kate Patton, Executive Director, Lower Shore Land Trust

Moderator: Delegate Eric Luedtke

Date hour : Thursday August 18, 2022; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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