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Sustainable Trails for All

Instructor: Peter Jensen, Peter S Jensen and Associates, Janet Zeller, US Forest Service
Date: Wednesday-Thursday, May 20-21
Time: Begins 2:30 pm on Wednesday, ends at 5:00 pm on Thursday
Cost: $225 early registration ($275 after March 20)
Maximum of 30 participants

Cost Details:
Due to a generous sponsorship from REI this workshop has been discounted from $325 per person to $225 early registration ($275 after March 20)

This fee includes: nationally recognized instructors, high instructor to participant ratio, lunch on Day 2 of the workshop. Indoor sessions at the Oregon Convention Center, outdoor sessions at local parks.

Maximum of 30 participants.

Workshop Description:
With the September 2013 release of the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, communities and land trusts need to know how to sustainably build hiking trails that provide access for everyone. This important workshop will help you understand the guidelines and will provide an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills needed to build sustainable hiking trails that provide enjoyment for all. Whether you work with an existing trail or are contemplating a new trail, this workshop is for you!

This two-day, in-depth, field-oriented workshop will provide you with information on the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, assessment for trail accessibility and planning and constructing trails which meet these new guidelines.

Workshop Agenda
Day One (Wednesday, May 20)

8:30 - 9:45 am - Prerequisite concurrent session at the Symposium (OCC, Room TBA)

10:15 - 11:30 am - Prerequisite concurrent session at the Symposium (OCC, Room TBA) (Lunch on your own, unless you have a full registration package to the Symposium - then the Closing Keynote Luncheon is included).

2:30 pm - Registration and Welcome (DoubleTree Hotel, Room TBA)

3:00 Afternoon field sessions (repeated twice)*
1. Application of Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines
2. Assessing trails for access
3. Trail planning and layout using the Federal Guidelines

6:00 Day one wrap-up

Day Two (Thursday, May 21)

8:30 Morning field sessions (repeated twice)*
1. Application of Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines
2. Assessing trails for access
3. Trail planning and layout using the Federal Guidelines

11:30 Lunch

1:00 Afternoon field sessions*
Accessible trail construction techniques (Three groups)

4:00 Workshop wrap-up

* Participants will attend all these sessions in three groups of 10 or fewer.

Workshop Topics
• Understand the new Federal Accessibility Guidelines and how they apply
• Learn how to assess land for trail accessibility
• Plan and construct trails that meet the new guidelines.

Instructor Biographies

Peter S. Jensen - Vermont - PTBA member since 2001 - PTBA VP 2011 - 2014 - I got my start in trail building in the mid 1970's working for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Trail Crew in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Soil Science and a minor in Geology, I spent 6 years working as a staff person for the AMC. During that time I worked on trail planning and design projects, trained volunteers in technical trail construction, and most notably, was a planning team member for the design and acquisition of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Corridor in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 1988 I formed my own business, Openspace Management - a sole proprietorship, with a broad range of services including trail planning, design, construction, and training. With up to 9 seasonal employees, client projects ranged from private landowners to non-profits and public agencies in the Northeast. During this time I also served on several non-profit boards including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). From 1997 to 1999, I served as the ATC representative to the US Access Board’s Regulatory Negotiation Committee for Outdoor Developed Areas. In 2005, my business structure changed to a Limited Liability Company (Peter S. Jensen & Associates, LLC) with 8 partners. Since that time we have focused solely on trail related projects - planning/design, construction, and skills training throughout the Northeast. At present we build many trails meeting the new Federal Trail Standards, trails with substantial stonework, and wetland boardwalks.

Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the accessibility programs and policies across the 193 million acres of the National Forest System. She also represents the Forest Service working on accessibility issues with partners, organizations, states, and other federal agencies including with the U.S. Access Board and the Department of Justice. Janet instructs accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities at a wide range of training sessions nationally.

What to Bring:
Appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect to be outside on the first day of the workshop. We are in the Coast Range of NW Oregon, which is a wet environment. Expect rain and be pleasantly surprised if it stays dry. This is a working and very hands on workshop, please come prepared for such. Being prepared includes having the following: good work clothing including rain gear, and good boots. Lunch is provided each day but you will need to bring a pack for water, snacks, and extra clothing. Barring major weather events this workshop will happen rain, snow, or shine.

For More Information, Contact:
Peter Jensen, Peter S Jensen and Associates

For more information on the Professional Trailbuilders Association, visit www.trailbuilders.org

Symposium Sponsors





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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