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Trail Professionals and Advocates,

Mark your calendars NOW! The 26th California Trails & Greenways Conference will be held at the San Ramon Marriott at the base of Mt. Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County, from Monday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 13, 2011. This year’s conference venue will highlight the skills and wisdom of one of the most progressive and diverse trails communities in the nation, providing unique learning opportunities for designing, building and managing trails in heavily populated urban areas. Rural trail skill building opportunities will also be plentiful with access to Mt. Diablo State Park and regional open space preserves only minutes away.

The California Trails & Greenways Conference provides non-motorized trail professionals, advocates and volunteers with a venue for learning practical, up-to-date trail management skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, inter-connected, quality trail systems. All activities are designed to increase the knowledge of trail, recreational and wild land management professionals and advocates, both novice and expert in the field in order to improve trail systems and programs throughout California. Current details and information about past conferences can be found on www.parks.ca.gov/trails/conference.

Opportunities to actively participate in the conference include:

· Sponsorships and exhibit space, available now. Early sign-up gives you more visibility.

· Conference session proposals – the Call for Session Proposals instructions and forms will be available via email and posted on our website in mid-October 2010. Experts in all aspects of trail design, interpretation, construction and management are encouraged to submit proposals for one hour session presentations.

· Award nominations bring acknowledgement and appreciation to those deserving praise for outstanding trail & greenway efforts in California during calendar year 2010. Criteria and nomination forms will be announced and made available in November 2010.

· Conference registration will be available online in mid-February 2011.

The specially negotiated conference rate at the San Ramon Marriott is $89 per night. For hotel reservations and details view www.marriott.com/sanramon.

To be added to our notification list and for further inquiries email trails@parks.ca.gov or call 877.776.3619. And keep in touch on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=1375461665&k=5XBT6XQ53VYM5FABXF... and Twitter at http://twitter.com/CAtrails !

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