Robert M. Searns, AICP specializes in trails, greenways, bicycle and open space projects. He was Project Director of Denver’s Platte River Greenway and developed the national award-winning Mary Carter Greenway in Littleton, CO. Bob has a 30-year proven track record in project planning and development and has worked with communities to implement and manage their projects. He has been an instructor and advisor for the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association Mayors conferences, National Park Service, the National Recreation and Park Association, American Rivers, and the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of American Trails, Inc.—the nation’s leading recreational trails advocacy organization. Bob also served as a delegate to the White House Summit on America’s Great Outdoors in April 2010.
Bob has written articles and editorials for Landscape Architecture Magazine, Planning Magazine, The Kansas City Star and other publications and has conducted workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development and Trails for the Twenty First Century (Island Press) and contributed to Greenways (Elsevier Press). The Island Press Greenways book won a National Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and is published in both English and Chinese. He is also been a manuscript reviewer for Island Press. Bob has lectured across North America, in Europe and recently at Peking University, Bejing and Shenzhen.