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Download complete 2015 Symposium Program with descriptions of educational sessions and more (pdf 6.0 mb)


Instructor: Nathan Tolbert, Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Date: Friday-Saturday, May 15-16
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20)
Maximum of 19 participants

Workshop Costs:
Due to a generous sponsorship from REI this workshop has been discounted from the normal rate of $360 per person to $280 early registration ($330 after March 20). This fee includes: nationally recognized instructors, high instructor to participant ratio, lunches on each day of the workshop, all equipment.

Maximum of 19 participants.

Workshop Description
The Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) are inventory processes that provide objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width). The information obtained through an assessment can be used by land managers to enhance the safety and enjoyment for all trail users (by providing accurate, objective information about trail conditions), monitor environmental impacts on the trail, prepare budgets, develop maintenance and construction plans, indentify potential access barriers, and satisfy the self-evaluation requirement for preparing a Transition plan for outdoor recreation facilities.

The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas (ABA) are now the law for Federal lands as of November 26, 2013. Defined in the new law are trailhead signage requirements to display data that needs to be collected for each Outdoor Developed Area. HETAP is the only automated assessment process that calculates the required data to meet the new guidelines for trailhead signs. Both UTAP & HETAP provide information about grades, cross slopes, tread widths and surfaces that enable a land manager to determine areas of non-compliance, prioritize access improvements, and identify conditions for exception.

The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments. The course will conclude with a written UTAP/HETAP Certification Exam, which is the first step towards certification as a Trail Assessment Coordinator.

Space is limited; to guarantee a high instructor-student ratio, class size is limited to 19. A waiting list will be created once 19 people have signed up. Please contact Beneficial Designs at (775) 783-8822 or trails@beneficialdesigns.com for more information or if you need any accessibility accommodations for classroom or on-trail sessions.

Workshop Agenda
Day 1: 9am - Noon: Indoor Classroom Session
Noon - 1pm: Lunch Break
1pm - 3pm: Indoor Classroom Session
3pm - 5pm: Introduction to Assessment Tools - Trail Module 1
Day 2: 8am - Noon: On Site - Guided Assessment - Trail Module 2
Noon - 1pm: Lunch (Provided)
1 pm - 2 pm: On Site - Guided Assessment
2 pm - 3 pm: Analyzing and Disseminating UTAP/HETAP Data
3pm - 5pm: Written Certification Exam, Review Written Exam & Certification Process

What to Bring:
Appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect to be outside both days 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.

For More Information, Contact:

Nathan Tolbert, Beneficial Designs Inc.
(v) 775-783-8822 x111

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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