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Wetlands & Waterways Trail Workshops | Fall 2020 | Various Locations PA

Apr 20, 2020

DETAILS

DATE

September 24 & 25, 2020

LOCATION

Audobon Greenway

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DETAILS

DATE

September 24 & 25, 2020

LOCATION

Hauser Nature Center

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MORE INFORMATION TBA

Various Locations, PA. – Pedestrian trails, that provide access to wetlands, estuaries and streambanks, offer some of the most unique opportunities for people to observe and interact with nature in particularly exceptional ways. Long regarded as wastelands, wetlands are now recognized as important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people and for fish and wildlife. Some of these services, or functions, include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters, and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. These beneficial services, considered valuable to societies worldwide, are the result of the inherent and unique natural characteristics of wetlands.   Wetlands filter and clean water, which decreases the costs of drinking water treatment, and they reduce the frequency and intensity of floods. They support the life cycle of 75% of the fish and shellfish commercially harvested in the U.S., and up to 90% of the recreational fish catch.[1]   

This unique and specialized environment demands equally specialized trails planning, design and management approaches to protect and sustain these increasingly rare environments.   In September the Pennsylvania Land Trust and Penn Trails will be conducting two workshops that will focus on planning, design and managing trails in wet areas. 

  • September 17 & 18 at the Audubon Greenway, sponsored by the Allegheny Land Trust
  • September 24 & 25 at the Hauser Nature Center, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy

Over the past decade, Penn Trails has been involved in the assessment, planning, design and construction of hundreds of miles of recreational pedestrian trails in a number of states, from Pennsylvania to Oregon.  The majority of the planning projects included interaction with wetlands and waterways.  These workshops will provide Information and insights to assist land trusts, conservancies and other entities managing these sensitive areas to prepare and implement pedestrian trail planning, design, construction and ongoing management to work around streams and wetlands. Experience has shown that most soil erosion problems originate with the improper layout or construction of trails, trailheads and gathering areas. The focus of the all-day workshop is to provide guidance, through both classroom and hands-on experience to properly design and implement an effective trail plan in a wetland area.  Workshop registration is limited.  For more information, and to register, please visit https://conserveland.org/blog/category/training/ or email info@conserveland.org

[1] https://conservationtools.org/library_items/1038-Economic-Benefits-of-Wetlands

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About Penn Trails: Founded in 2007, Penn Trails is an industry leader in sustainable trail design. We specialize in trail assessment, design, construction, and maintenance, with extensive experience with universal access trails. With years of combined staff experience in trail planning and design, Penn Trails has a unique approach that focuses on maximizing trail sustainability. From trail rehabilitation to design and master planning,  we provide guidance and direction that addresses your unique environment, focuses on your desired users and supports ongoing sustainable management of your site as an integrated element of your natural resource assets. We have helped to assess, conceptualize, plan and construct hundreds of miles of trails and pathways.

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Larry Knutson
Principal
717.486.4455
larry@penntrails.com