Forest Service Technology and Development Program Leading Trails into the 21st Century

Equipment and technology transfers that help get work done on the ground.

by J. Scott Groenier, PE, Project Leader, Structures, USDA Forest Service, Robert Wetherell, Recreation Program Leader, USDA Forest Service, Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, USDA Forest Service


U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program has supported the Forest Service Trails Program for many years with equipment and technology transfer that help get work done on the ground. In partnership with FHWA, our results are available to everyone. We have several newly-completed and on-going projects to tell you about, including the new Accessibility Guide For Outdoor Recreation and Trails (AGORT), New U.S. Forest Service Standard Trail Drawings and Specifications, Hands-On Log Cabin Restoration Guide, Single Track Trail Groomer, Stopping Sight Distance For OHV’s And Snowmobiles, Effects Of All-Terrain Vehicles On Forested Lands And Grasslands, and much more. This session will introduce you to these products, and tell you how to obtain the reports and DVDs at no cost.

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About the Authors

J. Scott Groenier began working for MTDC in November 2003 as a civil engineering project leader for structures. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master’s degree from Montana State University. He started working on trail projects over 30 years ago for the Youth Conservation Corps and has worked for the USDA Forest Service for over 20 years on trails, trail bridges, and other recreation projects.

Robert Wetherell joined Missoula Technology and Development Center as the Recreation and Safety Program Leader in 2011. Previously, Robert served as the Recreation Program Manager on the Fremont-Winema and Allegheny National Forests, as a Team Leader on the Hiawatha National Forest and as Landscape Architect on the Tongass National Forest. Robert has located, designed, constructed, and managed trail systems for over 20 years.

Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. She and her team are responsible for the accessibility of the facilities, programs and policies across 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 instructs accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities at a wide range of training sessions nationally. 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 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.

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