Mike
Mike Passo

Executive Director

American Trails

Bellingham, WA
United States

(530) 645-9683
[email protected]

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Mike Passo is the Executive Director of American Trails. Mike has also served as the Executive Director of the Professional Trailbuilders Association and the owner and operator of a sea kayak outfitter called Elakah Expeditions. Mike has led groups of all backgrounds, ages and abilities on sea kayak expeditions in the San Juan Islands of Washington, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Mike has conducted an extensive study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of construction according to proposed Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and a Congressional study on improving access to outdoor recreational activities on federal land. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, including three years’ coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has presented on Universal Design and Programming at several national conferences and served on the Board of Directors of American Trails since 2000. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia has given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment that does not ruin the characteristics and value of that environment.

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Project & Crew Management
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Past Trainings

Understanding Your Trail Users: Enhancing Trail Management Using Location Intelligence
American Trails
American Trails
Understanding Your Trail Users: Enhancing Trail Management Using Location Intelligence

July 28, 2022

Using anonymized mobility data via location intelligence technologies to look at park and trail usage.

National Water Trails
American Trails
American Trails
National Water Trails

July 07, 2022

This webinar will dive in deeper on the process for trails to become designated National Water Trails, which are a subset of the National Recreation Trails.

Fundamentals of National Recreation Trails
American Trails
American Trails
Fundamentals of National Recreation Trails

June 30, 2022

Learn about the benefits to designating your trail(s) as a National Recreation Trail (NRT), the history of NRTs, the process for trails to become NRTs, and more.

3 Funding Programs in Support of Trail Stewardship
American Trails
American Trails
3 Funding Programs in Support of Trail Stewardship

March 31, 2022

Learn about annual funding opportunities via the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance as well as a new grant program of American Trails.

The 10 Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge
American Trails
American Trails
The 10 Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge

March 17, 2022

Join U.S. Forest Service Trail Program leadership and partner organizations representing all different trail-users from around the country in a deep dive exploration of the 10 Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge (10YTC).

Developing a Trail Competency Framework
American Trails
American Trails
Developing a Trail Competency Framework

November 04, 2021

Working across sectors to create shared language around trail skills and expertise.

Trails are Common Ground
American Trails
American Trails
Trails are Common Ground

September 09, 2021

This webinar will dive into the goals and future of this new national initiative, invite broad participation, and identify how you and your organizations/agencies can build the momentum.

Understanding the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program
American Trails
American Trails
Understanding the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program

June 10, 2021

Learn about the benefits to designating your trail(s) as an NRT, the history of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program, the process for trails to become NRTs, the role of NRT Ambassadors, and more.

Common Ground: Shared Goals for the Trails and Health Communities
American Trails
American Trails
Common Ground: Shared Goals for the Trails and Health Communities

May 14, 2020

Trails are shown to improve health both mentally and physically, yet the healthcare industry and the trails industry rarely work together. There are many reasons for this, such as logistics, bureaucracy, and communication issues. We asked some leading experts how we can begin bridging these gaps.

Trails Move People: Articulating the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of the Trails Community
American Trails
American Trails
Trails Move People: Articulating the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of the Trails Community

March 25, 2020

In partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), American Trails and NOHVCC will discuss how trails, for too long, have been taken for granted and the true measure of their impact has not been calculated or shared.

Getting the Word Out about Accessibility of Trails and Outdoor Recreation
American Trails
American Trails
Getting the Word Out about Accessibility of Trails and Outdoor Recreation

April 26, 2018

This webinar will provide an introduction to Universal Access Information and how it provides people with information they need to determine whether an outdoor recreation environment meets their needs for accessibility and their desires for an achievable challenge.

Water Trail Accessibility
American Trails
American Trails
Water Trail Accessibility

May 24, 2012

This course is designed to help water trail managers and outfitters improve opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy water trails.

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