Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths

Design, Management, Ethical, and Legal Considerations

This manual reviews Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) to utilize when planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining pedestrian trails for universal accessibility.

by Debra Wolf Goldstein, Esq., Principal, Conservation Matters, LLC, Larry Knutson, Founder and President, Penn Trails LLC


Pa Accessible Trails Guide 2014


Published November 04, 2014

About the Authors

Debra Wolf Goldstein, Esq., is the principal of Conservation Matters, LLC, a Philadelphia-based law firm that provides legal and consulting services to land trusts, environmental organizations, landowners, and government agencies.

Debra has over two decades of experience as a lawyer with a primary focus on land use and conservation law. Debra also brings her clients a broad knowledge of the public sector and proven nonprofit management skills. She has lectured extensively on topics including: conservation and trail easements; recreational liability and risk management; conservation finance; easement violations; and easement appraisals and tax treatment.

Debra chairs the Land Use Committee of Philadelphia’s Park and Recreation Commission and formerly was vice president of the Fairmount Park Commission. She has written numerous legal, scholarly, and popular publications and taught Planning Law as an adjunct professor at Temple University—Ambler. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with a B.A. from Brown University.

Contact: [email protected]

Larry Knutson is the founder and President of Penn Trails, LLC, an active member company of the Professional TrailBuilders Association, North America’s largest private sector group of professional trail specialists, contractors, designers and consultants. Located nearCarlisle, Pennsylvania, Penn Trails' services include: Trail Assessments, Trail Project Planning and Design, Trail Project Management and Construction Management

In addition, the company offers a wide range of professional trails training and education programs for federal, state, municipal and non-­‑profit clients.

Contact: [email protected]

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