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The 2ND FREE 1-Day Symposium "Get Off the Couch:
The University of Outdoor Recreation,"
was presented Saturday April 2nd 2016,
at Prescott Mile High Middle School, Prescott AZ.
As the name suggests, this symposium differed from outdoor recreation expositions (“expos”) by its broader learning opportunities: a keynote about the wonders of our area, and 22 one-hour sessions on a wide range of outdoor recreation interests.  114 attendees pre-registered for the event, and another 20 showed up as 'walk-ins'.  All seemed to heartily enjoy the day.

PHOTOS, courtesy of Community Forest Trust Board Member Steve Finucane: CLICK AN IMAGE to see it larger, THEN CLICK THE "BACK" BUTTON OR COMMAND in your browser to return to this page.
In Prescott Mile High Middle Schools's auditorium, Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard welcomed attendees to the event and talked about the importance of outdoor recreation in our community.
In one of 7 classrooms and 22 1-hour sessions about a wide range of outdoor recreation topics, Prescott National Forest's Jason Williams (left) and City of Prescott's Chris Hoskings educated attendees about our local trail systems, present and future.
In the school's beautiful 'quadrangle" and perfect weather, instructor Cathy Davis took her "Flow Yoga" session to the outdoors.  This was one of 3 sessions about getting fit for the outdoors.  In another outdoor session, Prescott Creeks' Peter Pierson led participants on an "Urban Creek Exploration".
The Yavapai County Sheriff Dept's Search and Rescue Team was on site to educate attendees on the work of the team, what it takes to be part of it, and how not to be the subject of a search, i.e. how not to get lost.
Prescott Creeks organization's Peter Pierson (center) and Brent Roberts (right) use their 'Ramblin River' demonstration to explain to a symposium attendee (left) the basics of river flow dynamics, and how rivers pick and change their courses.
Several outdoor recreation related organizations had personnel present at tables, educating attendees about their missions.
Wildlife Corridors & Multi-Modal Transportation Corridors
MAP-21, the federal "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act", became law on July 6, 2012.  It created a performance-based transportation program building on many of the highway, transit, bike, and pedestrian programs and policies established in 1991.  For any transportation project which proposes direct or indirect use of federal funding, the inclusion of wildlife corridors and multi modal-transportation corridors will be among the performance measures.

Wildlife Corridors interconnect wildlife habitat fragments, under or even over highways, rails, etc, or between or through subdivisions or other large human developments.  These may be significant open spaces or, in the cases of highways, rail lines, etc, may simply be safe crossings.  The loss of wildlife in unsafe crossing situations also has a tragic human cost, in collision damages, injuries, and deaths.  Further blocking movement of wildlife would further fragment habitat until it all dies, not a solution.

Multi Modal Transportation Corridors interconnect human residence and commerce centers with destinations.  Destinations may be other such centers, or the forests, parks, and other open spaces (also wildlife habitats) in which we recreate.  Like wildlife corridors, these may be under or even over highways, rails, etc, or between or through subdivisions or other large human developments.  They provide for movement by foot, bicycle, horse, golf cart, or any other means other than our more conventional vehicles on the conventional roads.

Community Forest Trust is lobbying for the inclusion of these corridors not only in transportation plans, but in subdivision and community plans as well.  These corridors will be important to our qualirty of life, including outdoor recreation, and to the survival of the first trail users (the four-legged ones).
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