Approvals, Permits, and Compliance

Navigating the Regulatory Waters from Trail Plan Through Construction

This webinar will demonstrate ecotherapy ideas for attendees to implement in their own communities, on their own trails, and at different scales, and also show the importance of collaboration for community health.

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Event Details

November 02, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Navigating the regulatory waters from trail plan through construction can be a daunting process. There are the questions of: “who approves what?”, “do we need a permit?”, “how do you get a permit, who is the applicant, and how long will it take? ”, “what are limits during construction?”, and “what documentation is required before, during, and after construction?” Unfortunately, the answers to these questions vary from place to place and even between jurisdictions in the same place. This webinar will not answer every question for every situation, but will walk through the typical processes, jurisdictions, timelines, and documentation needed to get a conceptual trail project through approval and implementation. From local ordinances, to state level land disturbance, and federal Corps of Engineers and NEPA, participants will be primed to ask the right questions, find the assistance they need, and get a project through the various regulatory spaces required to complete a trail project.

Presenters Phil Penny and Scott Linnenburger both had considerable professional experience in the environmental permitting and restoration sectors prior to running their own trail companies. They will share lessons learned the “long” way, how to frame trail projects to regulatory agencies that may not fully understand trails, and the realities that trails are land development projects which need to go through a set of permitting processes.

This webinar is part of a three-part webinar series hosted by the Professional TrailBuilders Association. Join us for all three webinars (or view the recordings):

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the typical regulatory processes for trail projects
  • Identify the typical jurisdictions that regulate trail projects
  • Understand the typical types of permits and documentation required
  • Understand that the necessary permitting and documentation varies by geography and situation


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Webinar Partners


Phil Penny, Owner, Rogue Trails
Rogers, Arkansas

Design and build bike parks, soft surface trails, and recreational areas for economic development.


Scott Linnenburger, Principal, Kay-Linn Enterprises
Boulder, Colorado

Scott Linnenburger has more than 15 years of experience in recreation/trail development, conservation planning, and environmental restoration projects. His successful management of more than 175 projects in the federal, state, local, and private sectors demonstrates a keen ability to assist clients in developing projects that fulfill their mission, protect natural resources, and enhance community sustainability. Scott has served on the Board of American Trails and the Professional Trailbuilders Association. Scott has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School, with a focus on wetland/stream ecology, restoration, and habitat planning.


Aaryn Kay, Executive Director, Professional TrailBuilders Association
Boulder, Colorado

Aaryn has been working with PTBA since 2017 and has been working in the trail industry since 2002. During that time, Aaryn has worked with more than one hundred non-profits in almost every U.S. state and Canadian province with specialities in development, communications, strategy, and assessment. In 2009, she co-founded Kay-Linn Enterprises to provide a trail development and non-profit management services to communities. Prior to Kay-Linn, Aaryn coordinated trailbuilding and advocacy events, co-taught 150 weekend long trailbuilding seminars for volunteers and land managers in 32 states, instructed a graduate-level environmental education course at Duke University, and directed Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment’s Community Outreach. Aaryn has a Masters in Environmental Management and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Duke University.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

Learning credits are free for attendees for American Trails webinars and the International Trails Symposium, as well as for other conferences, webinars, and workshops we offer credits for. Learn more here.


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