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Trail Management through Collaboration: Reflections and Aspirations
A look at The Niagara Parks Commission’s current trail management practices and the development of a Recreational Trails Master Plan for a new generation of trail users being advanced in partnership with Brock University and the Ontario Trails Council.

Sep 28, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Corey Burant
Project Manager, Forest Health @The Niagara Parks Commission
Since 2005, Corey Burant has turned his love of the outdoors into a successful career as a wildlife ecologist. Corey has worked across Ontario restoring wildlife habitat and establishing sustainable eco-tourism opportunities. During this time, Corey has worked with numerous government agencies, organizations, educational institutions, and industry partners, acquiring millions of dollars in funding support for these initiatives. In January 2012, Corey joined The Niagara Parks Commission, contributing to its mandate of protecting the natural heritage of the Niagara River corridor. In his current role as project manager of forest health, Corey oversees various wildlife conservation and eco-tourism related initiatives, including the sustainable management of Niagara Park’s natural areas, trails, species at risk, and aquatic habitats.
Garrett Hutson, PhD
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty Affiliate, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre @Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
My research interests centre on understanding the complexities of person-environment relationships and their impacts on a variety of outdoor recreation contexts and settings. Through much of my work, I aim to highlight the social-ecological significance of outdoor experiential programs to the study of sustainability and society. I currently serve as the Chair of the Trail Assets and Tourism Initiative, which is a partnership between Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the Ontario Trails Council, and the Niagara Parks Commission. The goal of the partnership is to enhance the benefits of trails to improve the capacity of the Niagara Parks Commission in the contexts of natural assets and trail tourism. I teach undergraduate courses on leadership, risk management, and outdoor education and work with graduate students who have wide ranging interests.