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NTC Partners with Agencies to Present Adaptive Paddling Workshop

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

NTC Partners with Agencies to Present Adaptive Paddling Workshop

The Nebraska Trails Council recently partnered with agencies to present a day and a half workshop on Adaptive Paddling. Mike Passo, an instructor for American Trails, led the workshop which examined ways an agency can offer water trails that accommodate people of all abilities.

Passo explained that the first step in making a water trail more accessible is providing information about a site’s characteristics. Detailed descriptions about launch/access sites, water flows, potential hazards and available facilities, allow individuals to assess whether a trail is best suited to their needs. Emphasizing abilities rather disabilities within this information creates an inviting and nondiscriminatory environment for public use.

Passo demonstrated how inexpensive adjustments can be made to existing launch sites to improve transfer and accessibility. To further illustrate his ingenuity he provided a collection of adaptive paddling equipment, the sum total of which cost him less than the bag he carried them in. Developing innovative uses for everyday items provides paddlers comfort on the water.

The educational workshop was successful thanks to partnership efforts between Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Papio-Missouri Natural Resource District and National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.

Karen Anderson of NPS would like to thank Fremont Parks and Recreation Department for information about the put-in site and for picking everyone up at the take-out point and getting them back to Fremont.

Panhandle Trails Website

The Nebraska Panhandle is a treasure trove of outdoor recreation opportunities set amidst the rugged beauty of buttes, canyons, small peaks, streams and forests.

When Tom Schimo, an avid hiker, transferred to the area seven years ago, he was thrilled to find himself in a hiker’s paradise. However, he was disappointed with the difficulty of finding information on area trails.

Through persistent communication with the U.S. Forest Service, state park and wildlife management area personnel, he soon acquired a basic knowledge of hiking resources in the panhandle. Missing information was filled in through detailed studies of topography maps and extensive internet searches.

Realizing there were probably others out there interested in finding all this information under one website lead to the creation of the Panhandle Trails website. The site allows hikers and bicyclists to search opportunities to evaluate which trail will best suit their needs. A photo gallery is also provided.

Tom is often asked what are the best hikes in the Panhandle? According to Tom the Pine Ridge has the most public access, but the most unique hike is at Toadstool Geologic Park, near Crawford. The three mile Bison Trail takes hikers through incredible rock formation in soft stone canyons, with a great archeological excavation site located near the south end of the trail.

Other opportunities include a 15 mile network of hiking and biking trails at Chadron State Park. All the trails have been improved and are now well-marked and kept mowed. Bead Mountain, near Scottsbluff, has recently been opened to the public and has great potential for off-trail hiking.

A big thanks to Tom for all his hard work. You can check this website at:

Nebraska Tourism Launches Mobile Version of Website

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Nebraska Tourism Launches Mobile Version of Website

New site gives mobile users the ability to search for events, attractions and more

Lincoln, Neb. — Oct. 20, 2010 — To make it easier for travelers to get information while they’re on the move, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Division of Travel and Tourism has developed a mobile version of the website. The new functionality allows users of mobile devices to search the Nebraska Tourism database of recreation, events and attractions. Travelers can also view podcasts of Nebraska’s Byways.

“Travelers are increasingly turning to Wi-Fi–enabled mobile devices or smartphones as a source of information as they travel,” said Christian Hornbaker, director of DED’s Division of Travel and Tourism. “By giving these travelers a mobile site that allows them to quickly find the events, attractions and recreational opportunities they’re looking for, we’re empowering them to be able to be flexible with their planning. And the ability to be flexible can be the difference between merely a good vacation and an absolutely unforgettable trip.” visitors using mobile devices will be automatically routed to the new mobile site. It is also available through a link on the main home page. The site can be accessed by all types of mobile devices and smartphones including the iPhone and Android handsets. Specific support of the iPhone means the site contains no Flash or use of HTML5.

For more information or to view the new mobile site, go to and click on the Take Us With You icon.

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