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American Trails is proud to present "Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"


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American Trails WEBINAR:


"Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines"


This 90-minute webinar covered the trails portion of the final "Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines; Outdoor Developed Areas." These new accessibility guidelines for federal lands cover new or altered trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes, and related recreation facilities. See details below...


ARCHIVED WEBINAR presented Thursday, January 9, 2014:

Links to the archived webinar:

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Trails are an important way that visitors to our public
lands are enabled to enjoy the outdoors
- Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Accessibility is closely related to better trail design. The new guidelines provide a great opportunity for all trail planners and managers to identify ways to make their trail systems more sustainable and available to more hikers while maintaining the character of the trail and reducing maintenance costs in the long term.

The program is hosted by American Trails and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the presentation made by Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service.

This webinar is produced in part with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whose mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Learning Objectives


We will focus on trails, but will briefly explain which agencies and lands are covered under these new guidelines, as trails are one of several outdoor recreation facilities covered by the new Guidelines.

Questions and answers followed the webinar. Everyone registering for the program was invited to submit questions in advance of the webinar. We'll also be following up with more Q & A based on feedback from attendees.


HOW TO ORDER: Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails

We have received many requests for how to order the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails, which is posted on the USFS Accessibility website at


Ways to order black and white printed copies are as follows: 

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Janet Zeller



Presenter for the Webinar: “Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines:”

Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service


Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. She and her team are responsible for accessibility programs and policies across all the 193 million acres of the National Forest System. Janet was the lead author of the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation and Trail Accessibility Guidelines. 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. She is a lifelong outdoor recreationist and a certified instructor trainer in canoeing and sea kayaking. She is a graduate of UNH with a Master’s degree from URI.


Moderator for the Webinar:

Candace Mitchell, Communications Specialist, American Trails


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