Sierra Club monthly meeting for September: “Rails-To-Trails Conservancy”

When: TUESDAY, September 3rd from 7pm-8:55pm

Where: At the Dan Beard Boy Scout Council (10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH)

What: Eric Oberg, Manager of Trail Development, Midwest Regional Office, will give a presentation on the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy serves as the national voice for more than 150,000 members and supporters, 20,000-plus miles of rail-trail throughout the country, and more than 9,000 miles of potential rail-trails waiting to be built.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has supported the tremendous growth and development of rail-trails since opening our doors February 1, 1986. Then, there were fewer than 200 known rail-trails. Today, there are more than 1,600 preserved pathways that form the backbone of a growing trail system that spans communities, regions, states and, indeed, the entire country.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy remains dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails. Further, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is committed to enhancing the health of America’s environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people—ensuring a better future made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.

Eric is an Alaskan by birth and grew up in Alaska. He spent six years running trail crews in Denali National Park, and training long-distance sled dogs, prior to moving to Ohio with his Cincinnati raised wife and two children. Eric is Responsible for the delivery of all levels of trail development technical assistance in 6 Midwest States, including managing technical assistance contracts, products and services. He has also had extensive experience in planning, design, and evaluation of Rail-with-Trail projects.