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Announcing the 2018 Oregon Trails Summit keynote: Mike Passo, American Trails!

We're thrilled to welcome Mike Passo of American Trails as our keynote for the 2018 Oregon Trails Summit. He'll be opening the Summit with his talk: Breaking Down the Silos - Building Trail Community in Unexpected Ways.

White man smiling from yellow kayak

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.

Mike Passo sitting in his manual wheel chair and speaking to a group of people standing on a wooden dock.

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