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DNR Extends Registration Deadline for First Maryland Trails Summit

Sharing the Vision Making the Connections

Annapolis, Md. (October 6, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has extended its deadline for registration to the Maryland Trail Summit to October 13 due to a groundswell of interest in the program. Room for additional attendees is available at the event, slated to run from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 at the Holiday Inn BWI Airport in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

The summit is geared toward commuters, boaters, bicyclists, rollerbladers, hikers, walkers, skiers, joggers, pet lovers, paddlers, campers, birders, off-road vehicle riders, equestrians, and professionals working for trails and will bring together trail users from across the State to discuss the future of trails in Maryland, preview an interactive map and website, work on regional projects, network with other trail users and planners, learn about trails in neighboring states and much more.

This one-day event is the culmination of ideas and input from four regional roundtables that DNR hosted this summer. These roundtable sessions were an opportunity to network, collect information, ideas and goals, and begin sharing ideas and expertise to improve the trail system.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks at 9 a.m., workshops and panel discussions will take place throughout the day, culminating with a closing dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $50 and registration is required by October 13.

The morning keynote speaker is Tom Horton, local outdoors author and trail enthusiast. Neighboring states’ trail coordinators from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware will be a part of the panel discussion.

At 5:30 p.m., former DNR Secretary Torrey C. Brown will be the dinner keynote speaker. Dr. Brown was the major driving force in developing the abandoned Northern Central Railroad as the state’s first multi-use recreational trail in 1984.

The trail blossomed under Brown’s leadership into a national model of what could be done with abandoned railroad property, and other states used this vision as a model. The Northern Central Rail Trail at Gunpowder State Park was officially renamed the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail in 2007.

The summit is supported in part by the National Park Service Challenge Cost-Share Program and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Office.

Maryland’s Trail summit requires online registration by October 13. To register visit

   October 6, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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