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Team: South
Jessica Terrell
Friday, November 15
National Trails Symposium
This week, I had the opportunity to reach out to hundreds of trail enthusiasts at the National Trails Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference was “Greenways and Trails – Crossing the American Landscape.” What a better way to educate and entertain others about our journey than to tie into this event? I had been planning to attend this conference since early in the summer, before I even knew I was going to the trip. I was asked to attend in place of our State Trail Administrator (Deb Schnack) for the Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks. Little did I know that it would be a chance for me to get people excited about public lands, to refresh in their minds the responsibility they carry to educate citizens about the resources offered in their area.

Although I had never been to this type of conference, I knew I had to go into it with an idea of what I wanted to gain from the experience. I had plenty of goals in mind related to my job, and I also had some goals in mind that centered around American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey. In conjunction with Dave Mensing (BLM), Paul Slavik (American Honda), Dana Bell (Team North), and Jacob MacLeod (Team South), I helped to convey our journey’s relevance and importance to hundreds of intrigued attendees at one of the keynote addresses of the conference. Using footage from both the National Geographic Society and Paul Slavik, we were able to share just a small sampling of what we did and saw during those sixty days. In addition, Dave Mensing put together a Power Point presentation that showcased the beautiful lands we crossed and gave due credit to all the super sponsors and support we had all along the route. Dana, Jake, and I were also able to speak for a few minutes on what the trek meant to us. I told of my role on the support team as the special events/media coordinator for Team South. I also told the audience that no one place that I saw was the “best”. There was also no right or wrong way to make the journey. The way we did it was the right way, even though we had our great times and our fair times (I will not say bad times because that is the longest continuous period that I have been truly happy in my whole life!). I wouldn’t change a thing.

The funniest part of the presentation occurred at the very beginning when Jake introduced Dave, who was sporting his full team uniform, complete with convertible pants, stylish American Frontiers ball cap, and the American Frontiers shirt and vest! Jake definitely has the voice for that intro, and it made the audience laugh right off the bat! After that marvelous introduction, we went right into the National Geographic Today segments, five in all. Then came the Power Point, the talks by Dana, Jake, and myself, followed by Paul’s video. As expected, Paul’s clips focused on the motorized portions of the trek, primarily the ATV’s. There was some really great footage, and most of it occurred on trail segments that I had not seen before since I didn’t get a chance to ride with the team during that time.

Near the end of the talk, I think that all of us (presenters) were a bit emotional and teary-eyed with all of the reminiscing we had just done. I only wish that all the team members could have been there to share. As it was, though, we went over our 45-minute time limit, so any more speakers would have put us way over the top! Immediately after our presentation, five other speakers addressed the audience. They all managed to tie into American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey, although they didn’t always refer to it by that name. One speaker called us “America’s Last Frontier!” The speaker immediately following our talk was Kit Kimball, Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs. One very interesting thing he did was to ask that anybody who had a part in the journey to stand. I was in the front row, and when I turned to stand I was amazed to see people standing that I had not met, people who contributed to my experience in some way. I wish to extend a BIG THANKS to all those who had a part in the success of American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey!!! In addition to new faces, I also saw some I recognized. Mike Browning from the Great Western Trail Association, and Larry Snead (who makes great beer biscuits) from the Arizona Trail Association to name just a couple.

The conference was a success in my eyes. I learned a great deal to help me in my career, and we reached a lot of people about the importance of public lands. I even had people come up to me in the halls of the hotel asking to hear more about the trip.

This conference also reminded me that I have yet to wash my Coleman sleeping bag or my Coleman tent…
Biographical Info
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Team: South
Jessica Terrell
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Friday, November 15
Jessica Terrell
National Trails Symposium
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Sunday, October 27
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Meeting Team North
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Saturday, October 26
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The Finals Days...
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An Eye-Opening Experience
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Days and Days of ATV's
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