We were sad to say goodbye to our fantastic Coordinator, Charlie Tracy, in September as he moved into full retirement. We wish him the best in all his endeavors! Please join us in welcoming Kimberly Bradley as our new Trail Census Coordinator, starting October 5. Kim holds a M.Sc. in Biological Oceanography and most recently worked as a Project Specialist for the UCONN Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) supporting programs on living shorelines and green infrastructure. Kim is dedicated and passionate about protection of natural resources and open spaces, engaging individuals and communities in outdoor activities and connecting them to our public lands, and educating others to maintain resilient ecological systems.
We are also welcoming Neva Taylor, our summer student intern, back as she continues on with us in her role as host and producer of the On the Trail podcast and Walk with Me miniseries. As well as continuing to create podcast content, she has also taken on the role of Social Media Coordinator for us.
The Anti-Racism in the Outdoors resource guide aims to explore ways that organizations and individuals are shining a light on historic discriminatory practices regarding green areas, and ways in which parks, natural areas, and public gardens can be made more accessible, welcoming, and safe for every person. The result is the guide, ‘Anti-racism in the Outdoors: Resources related to inclusion, diversity, equity and access of black, indigenous and people of color in parks and greenspaces.’
The resource guide is divided into seven categories: organizations, presentations and podcasts, affinity groups and resource lists, books, articles and reports, general anti-racism resources, and ways to be an effective ally. Please check out the above link and the link to their website! The resources are updated monthly with new material. Some of the new resources this month focus on racism in design and walkability, like this article “America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress” by Bryan Lee Jr.
For more inclusionary discussions don’t forget to check out the Walk with Me podcast from the CT Trail Census. We are on Spotify and Podbean.
Would you like to know more about how trails are being used during the pandemic? Which trails are being used more than ever? How the community is benefiting from their access to great resources like their local trails? Well, as communities throughout the U.S. and the world cope with the devastating toll of COVID-19, the pandemic has brought a renewed focus on the importance of local trails. This series explores how local trails are vital assets for improving physical and mental health, building community, stimulating economies, and fostering climate resilience. The goal is to provide community leaders, trail planners, and advocates with evidence-based information on the benefits of trails, and recommendations for advancing informed design, policy and programming. The infosheets are one-page double sided downloadable printable resources. Check them out here and pass the information along to family, friends and coworkers!