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American Trails presents "Communicating the Benefits of Trails" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"



Communicating the Benefits of Trails

American Trails will present this Webinar on January 11, 2018. Presented by Megan Lawson and Kelly Pohl, with Headwaters Economics. This webinar will introduce attendees to free resources designed to help them communicate the legal issues surrounding trails, as well as the best research on the potential benefits from different types of trails.


Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
: $19 members / $39 nonmembers



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Prior to developing trails, trail managers frequently are asked to address liability concerns of public and private landowners, as well as to justify investments in developing and maintaining trails. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce attendees to free resources designed to help them communicate the legal issues surrounding trails, as well as the best research on the potential benefits from different types of trails. These benefits include economic, public health, property value, and tax revenue benefits, as well as qualitative trail user preference research.


The webinar also will provide an introduction to how to use the free Trails Benefits Library, which allows users to access more than 120 trail studies across rural and urban communities in the U.S. and across many user and trail types.


The presentation will introduce attendees to relevant concepts in liability and legal concerns, economics, public health, and survey research. No prior expertise in these fields is required.




This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).



Presenters for the Webinar:


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Megan Lawson is an economist specializing in land use and statistical models for policy analysis. Her research areas include recreation, ecosystem services, and demographic and economic trends. Megan holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Economics from the University of Colorado, and has a B.A. in Biology from Williams College.








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Kelly Pohl is a geographer with expertise in community-based trail development, private land conservation, and wildland fire. She holds a M.S. in Geography from Portland State University and a B.S. in Geography from Montana State University.




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