Knowledge Sharing: Trails and a Livable Southern Maine

This session was held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Muskie School of Public Service/University of Southern Maine

Trails at every scale are increasingly important to livability and sustainable prosperity in a metropolitan region. An expert panel offered in-sights on the growing trail access available across southern Maine, how these trails connect on a local and regional scale, and the implications for the future. Additionally, the session included a look at new maps from the Center for Community GIS showing how the overall region’s trail resources are developing .

Panel members included:

Kara Wooldrik, Executive Director, Portland Trails

Jim Tasse, Education Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine & President, Portland Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association

Bob Hamblen, President, Eastern Trail Alliance & Planner, City of Saco

Stephen Engle, Director, Center for Community GIS

Matt Craig, Technical Program Coordinator, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership


Audio recordings of the speakers and discussion are available below.

Jack Kartez and Kara Wooldrik opened the session

Jim Tasse and the opportunities that exist for creating robust sustainable recreation systems using single track trail networks

Bob Hamblen and the Eastern Trail Alliance’s successful efforts to extend the East Coast Greenway

Stephen Engle and the Community Center for GIS and Maine Trail Finder website

Matt Craig  and priority conservation areas for the lower Presumpscot River watershed

Jack Katez summary remarks

Audience Discussion