The Path to Economic Revival: Leveraging Trails & Nature #MACoCon

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

Long overlooked, trail networks are increasingly becoming an integral part of many park systems. These networks provide a cacophony of benefits; ranging from increased community health, connectivity, and economic development. As the demands on local governments increase, forward-thinking community leaders need to consider what benefits trail systems can bring to their neck of the woods.

Title: The Path to Economic Revival: Leveraging Trails & Nature

Description: No longer seen as just a path in the woods, trails have become an important tool for driving economic development and creating cohesive communities. These underappreciated assets bridge different points of interest and drive tourism, all while providing a source of local recreation and connecting the workforce to their communities. This expert panel discusses the ins and outs of trail development and management and how leveraging these overlooked assets can benefit Marylanders.


  • Natalia Sanchez, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service’s (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/Time: Thursday, August 18, 2022; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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