Lake Michigan Trail Conference Schedule

November 8-9, 2012
Saugatuck, Michigan

Day 1 Thursday, November 8 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

8:00 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome and Introductions
  Senator Patty Birkholz, Former Director, Office of the Great Lakes, DEQ, Michigan Commissioner of the Great Lakes Commission
9:15 am A Big Vision - A Quad-State Lake Michigan Tri-Modal Loop
  - David Lemberg - Western Michigan University
- Developing recreational transportation and amenities for the Lake Michigan National Water Trail, the Lake Michigan Circle Tour U.S. Bike Routes 35, 36, 37, and 10.
9:30 am The Lake Michigan Water Trail - States of the Lake
  - Indiana: Dan Plath - NW Indiana Paddling Association
- Illinois: Gary Mechanic - Lake Michigan Water Trail Association
- Wisconsin: Jeff Prey
- Michigan: Dave Lemberg
10:10 am Coffee Break: Sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau
   
10:25 am National Water Trail Designation - Purpose, Benefits and Opportunities
  NPS-RTCA, Barb Nelson-Jameson and Rory Robinson
10:40 am Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails Information System Update
  Land Information Access Association
10:55 am Large Water Trail Partnership Models
  Gary Mechanic, Illinois Paddling Council, Lake Michigan Water Trail Association
11:10 am Michigan Trail Integration Efforts
  Nancy Krupiarz, Michigan Trail and Greenways Alliance
11:25 am The Lake Michigan Circle Route
  Rick Hert, West Michigan Tourism Association
11:40 am The U.S. Bike Route System
  - Ginny Sullivan - Adventure Cycling
- Josh DeBruyn - Michigan DOT
- U.S. Bike Routes and U.S. B.R. 35
12:00 pm Lunch
   
12:40 - 1:05 pm Michigan Study - The grant that brought us here!
  David Lemberg and Matthew Borr - Western Michigan University
1:15 pm Concurrent Session
   
1:15 - 2:10 pm Concurrent Session 1
  Session A: Types of Water Trail Access and Standards
Session B: Land Routes: Extending the U.S. Bike Routes around the Lake
Session C: Trail Coordination: Plan it, Develop It and Promote It!
2:10 - 2:25 pm Break
   
2:30 - 3:25 pm Concurrent Session 2
  Session A: Water Trail Access Planning Amenities: Parking, Privies and Site Maintenance
Session B: Land Routes: Enhancing the Lake Michigan Circle Tour
Session C: Programs: Events and Building a Living Trail
3:30 - 4:25 pm Concurrent Session 3
  Session A: Water Trail Safety, Liability and Legal Issues
Session B: Multimodal Trail Integration
Session C: Community Outreach to Land Owners and Stakeholders
4:30 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Session Wrap Up
   
Day 2 Friday, November 9 - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Parallel Tracks of Working Groups with a goals and outcomes driven agendas
8:30 - 12:00 pm
Track 1 - Building a Working Water Trail
  - 8:30 - 10:00 am, Focus 1: Lake Michigan Water Trail Partnership

- 10:30 - 10:15 am Break

- 10:15 - 11:45 am Focus 2: Lake Michigan Water Trail Implementation

- 11:45 - 12:00 pm, Presentation Preparation

Track 2 - Lake Michigan Multi-Modal Trails
  - 8:30 - 10:00 am, Focus 1: Trail Analysis

- 10:00 - 10:15 am, Break

- 10:15 - 11:45 am Focus 2: One Trail - Four States - Making it Happen

- 11:45 - 12:00 pm, Presentation Preparation

Track 3 - Marketing Multi Modal Recreation and the Triple Bottom Line
  - 8:30 - 10:00 am, Focus 1: Economic and Business Development Related to Tri-Modal Recreation and Tourism

- 10:00 - 10:15 am, Break

- 10:15 - 11:45 am Focus 2: Marketing the Trails: Reaching Local, State, Regional, National and International Tourism

12:00 pm Lunch
   
12:30 pm Group Reports Over all discussion, decisions and top 3 next steps
   
2:00 - 2:15 pm Break
   
2:15 - 3:00 pm Tri-Modal Vision Discussion, Partnerships and Planning Next Steps
   
2:15 - 3:00 pm Tri-Modal Vision Discussion, Partnerships and Planning Next Steps