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TRAILS WORKSHOPS


Join Penn Trails for great education and training opportunities!


For the Trail, On the Trail

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                                         Image courtesy of Lancaster County Conservancy

Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is pleased to offer this two-day training event for those engaged in trail management, maintenance, and construction. Participants may choose to attend two full-days, one full-day, or a half-day depending on their particular interests. Limited space is available. Please register early to secure your space.

Lunch and morning refreshments will be provided. Please dress appropriately for hands-on, in the field sessions.

LOCATION

Climbers Run Nature Preserve
Hosted by Lancaster County Conservancy
226 Frogtown Road, Pequea, PA 17565
Directions

Course Details

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

Learning and effectively executing contemporary trails management, maintenance, and construction of quality natural surface trail systems is the core goal of this two-day, two track series of classroom and hands-on workshops. Whether it be wilderness trails or front-country trails, the contemporary trail management objectives for these workshops are designed to provide participants with both the conceptual processes, and the practical skills needed to achieve quality results that:

  1. offer a quality recreational experience which meets the needs of a range of users, over a variety of terrain and routes within a natural setting;
  2. manage and maintain economically sustainable trail infrastructures that operate within projected financial resources available, and are objectively manageable over the life of those trails; and
  3. create ecologically sustainable trail systems, utilizing materials and construction methods that both enhance natural resources and minimize the negative impacts on those resources; and, are realistically maintainable over the life of those trails.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Land Trusts, Nature Preserves, Conservation Organizations
  • Private Land Owners
  • Trail organization advocates, staff and crew leaders.
  • Federal, state and county parks, forests and outdoor recreation personnel.
  • Landscape Architects and Civil Engineers
  • Anyone interested in natural surface trail management, maintenance and construction, including hikers, mountain bikers, ATV riders, equestrians and cross-country skiers.

AVAILABLE TRACKS

  • Management & Planning Track
    • Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Fundamentals of Contemporary Trails Planning & Management
    • Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Project Planning & Funding Roundtable
    • Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Fundamentals of Trail Layout & Design
    • Saturday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Universal Access for Trails and the Outdoors Roundtable
  • Construction & Maintenance Track
    • Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Fundamentals of Trail Maintenance Planning & Execution
    • Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Small Boardwalk Bridge Construction (hands-on)
    • Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm: Small Boardwalk Bridge Construction (hands-on)

INSTRUCTORS

Larry Knutson is President and owner of Penn Trails LLC. Penn Trails specializes in the planning, design and construction of sustainable, natural surface hiking, equestrian and universal access trails and shared use pathways. Penn Trails is a member of the Professional Trail Builders Association. Larry is coauthor of the 2014 Universal Access Trails: Design, Management, Ethical, and Legal Considerations, published by PALTA and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. In addition to managing trail projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, Knutson also teaches a variety of trail classes and workshops for PA Land Trust, PA Recreational & Parks Society, PA Parks & Forests Foundation, Penn State, the US Forest Service, counties and municipalities. He is serving his second 3 year term on PA DCNR’s State Trails Advisory Board. Larry is the recipient of the American Hiking Society’s 2003 Volunteer of the Year award for his trail work in Pennsylvania, he is a former Appalachian Trail overseer and Pennsylvania DCNR Park Ranger.

Amy Lutsko is the Senior Project Manager at Penn Trails. Amy joined Penn Trails in 2015, having been with the Maryland Park Service as Trail Manager and a Training Officer since 2006. Amy managed Patapsco State Park’s 220 mile urban trail system until 2013. As Amy herself will tell you, “my passion for trails is endless. I love talking about trails, hiking trails, building trails, designing trails and helping others address their trail issues.” As Trail Manager for Patapsco Valley State Park, she developed a statewide sustainable trail curriculum. She has trained all levels of Maryland Park Service (MPS) staff, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff, Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC), Conservation Job Corps (CJC), multiple city and county staff, volunteers, and stakeholder groups in the diverse landscape of Maryland.

Agenda

Friday, September 14th

Fundamentals of Contemporary Trails Planning & Management (Classroom)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Fee: $40.00
Management & Planning Track
Instructor: Larry Knutson, Penn Trails

Project Planning & Funding (Roundtable)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $40.00
Management & Planning Track
Moderator: Larry Knutson, Penn Trails
Panelists:
Michael Guttman, Sustainable Development Office, Kennett Township

Fundamentals of Trail Maintenance Planning & Execution (Classroom)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Fee: $40.00
Construction & Maintenance Track
Instructor: Amy Lutsko, Penn Trails

Small Boardwalk Bridge Construction (Field, Hands-On)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $40.00
Construction & Maintenance Track
Instructor: Amy Lutsko, Penn Trails

Saturday, September 15th

Fundamentals of Trail Layout & Design (Classroom & Hands-On)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Fee: $40.00
Management & Planning Track
Instructor: Larry Knutson, Penn Trails

Universal Access for Trails & the Outdoor (Classroom & Hands-On)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $40.00
Management & Planning Track
Moderator: Larry Knutson, Penn Trails
Panelists:

Small Boardwalk Bridge Construction (Field, Hands-On)
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $80.00
Construction & Maintenance Track
Moderator: Amy Lutsko

LODGING

Camp at Climbers Run – Suggested donation of $30/guest, per night.  No shower.  Access to kitchen for food storage.

Please contact Carol Grayshaw (or, (717) 230-8560) to make your reservation & receive details on making your donation. Proceeds are non-refundable, and go towards the support of Climbers Run Nature Preserve.

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2400 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 464-2711
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Fulton Steamboat Inn
1 Hartman Bridge Road
Ronks, PA 17602
(717) 299-9999
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Hollinger House Bed & Breakfast
2336 Hollinger Road
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 490-6902
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Comfort Inn & Suites
3903 Abel Drive
Columbia, PA 17512
(717) 285-9100
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Funded in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program funded through the Federal Highway Administration.

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