filed under: skills & competencies


Laws, Regulations, and Policies Skills and Competencies

Specific skills used in Interpreting regulations and legislation; applying federal laws on environmental, historic issues; providing accessible routes under the Americans with Disabilities Act; developing and enforcing trail regulations; responding to legal and liability issues.

by American Trails Staff

Applying laws, regulations, and policy is another challenge for trail planners and managers

Skills for Interpreting Regulations and Policies

  • Understanding and working with agency requirements
  • Working with trail users and other interest groups to develop policies
  • Develop manuals and handbooks, supplements, guidelines and prescriptions

Skills for Applying State and Federal Laws

  • Applying the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
  • Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Apply National Trails System Act and related legislation for federally designated trails
  • Analyzing and assesing proposed legislation that would affect trails and related lands

Skills for Developing and Enforcing Trail Regulations

  • Promoting trail etiquette
  • Writing or adapting sets of regulations
  • Working with law enforcement
  • Trail patrols and peer enforcement

Skills for Legal and Liability Issues

  • Maintaining surfaces and facilities for safe public use
  • Risk assessment for trail activities and facilities
  • Signs, waivers, and documentation for trail liability
  • Responding to legal issues and concerns

Published December 05, 2019

More Articles in this Category

National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program

The National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program was created to train smart volunteer and professional sawyers across the nation.

National Conservation Training Center

The National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) offers a unique and diverse range of conservation training courses, designed by and for the conservation professional.

Public Outreach, Marketing, and Interpretation Skills and Competencies

Database management; website development; trail and facility inventories; trail assessment and maintenance records; identifying and gathering needed information.

Information Management Skills and Competencies

Database management; website development; trail and facility inventories; trail assessment and maintenance records; identifying and gathering needed information.