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Introduction to Trail Inventory & Assessment with GPS

2018 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference

April 12-14, 2018 | The Desmond Hotel (Chester County)

Register at -  https://conserveland.org/2018-conference

Session Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Session Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Presenter: Amy Lutsko

The collection, storage, and management of trail-related data are important components of everyday business activities in many Federal and State land-managing agencies, trail organizations, and businesses. From a management perspective, trails data must often mesh closely with other types of infrastructure, resource, and facility enterprise data. Data collection is the process of gathering information in an established systematic fashion but, before collecting data in the field one must understand what information needs to be collected and how it’s to be collected. This workshop will focus on Basic understanding and use of GPS technology for trail assessment. Background theory and fundamentals will be shared, along with examples of professional trail projects utilizing the technology. Objectives are for participants to gain a basic understanding of GIS/GPS tools and technologies as related to assessment inventory management and maintenance. Each participant is encouraged to bring the following equipment for participation in the workshop: • Smartphone or tablet with GPS

Utilizing A Place Based Approach to Trails Planning & Management

2018 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference

April 12-14, 2018 | The Desmond Hotel (Chester County)

Register at -  https://conserveland.org/2018-conference

Session Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Session Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Session Presenter: Larry Knutson

Place is the fundamental means through which we make sense of the world and through which we act. Managing a trail as a unique and special place, within the context of the larger natural resource that hosts it, measuring its place attachment among visitors and local community, and instituting a collaborative place-based planning processes offers a dynamic, inclusive way to frame conservation practices, including trails management. While contemporary trail management relies heavily upon quantitative processes (scientific, technical and regulatory), it needs to equally embrace qualitative approaches to identify and negotiate multiple layers of meanings in that unique and special place that people often describe as their own. Trail management plans, or new trail development proposals, frequently communicate a sense of place defined by the outsider (e.g., the scientist, government official, professional, or special interest group) and thus represent the power of the outsider over the local residents’ sense of place. Place based trails management and planning offers opportunities for diverse stakeholders to be involved in problem solving, identifying common values that different individuals and entities assign to natural resources, and thus helping to foster a sense of shared ownership as regards their trails and the surrounding natural resources. This 90 minute classroom session introduces participants to the concepts and utilization of a place based approach to trails management and planning. Drawing upon contemporary place-based conservation literature and case studies, as well as trail projects in PA and MD, the session aims to explore key concepts and information to assist participants’ consideration of a place based approach for managing their unique trail setting.


Sustainable Trails for All: Implementing Universal Access

2018 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference

April 12-14, 2018 | The Desmond Hotel (Chester County)

Register at -  https://conserveland.org/2018-conference

Session Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Session Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Session Presenter: Larry Knutson

As our population ages, a growing number of people will face limits to their outdoor recreational activities. In addition, regardless of age, many people can face health issues or disabilities. But these challenges do not mean a reduction in the interest in nature, wildlife, physical exercise and recreation; the limits do mean an increased challenge to those planning and managing trail experiences. Planning and managing universal access trails requires adherence to specific design parameters; so too does designing and building for sustainability. Not surprisingly, principles of universal design also encourage sustainable practices. This session will provide a high-level overview of best management practices when implementing universal access on one or more of your organization’s trails. Emphasis will be on developing practicable strategies for universal access and examples of trail projects in PA and MD.

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