Communicating the Benefits of Trails

This webinar will introduce attendees to free resources designed to help them communicate the legal issues surrounding trails, as well as the best research on the potential benefits from different types of trails.

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January 11, 2018

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Prior to developing trails, trail managers frequently are asked to address liability concerns of public and private landowners, as well as to justify investments in developing and maintaining trails. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce attendees to free resources designed to help them communicate the legal issues surrounding trails, as well as the best research on the potential benefits from different types of trails. These benefits include economic, public health, property value, and tax revenue benefits, as well as qualitative trail user preference research.

The webinar also will provide an introduction to how to use the free Trails Benefits Library, which allows users to access more than 120 trail studies across rural and urban communities in the U.S. and across many user and trail types.

The presentation will introduce attendees to relevant concepts in liability and legal concerns, economics, public health, and survey research. No prior expertise in these fields is required.


  • Trails can be planned, designed, and managed to minimize legal liability for landowners and trail managers.
  • Trails can be designed to help achieve the economic, health, or quality of life goals of a community. Different goals will result in different trail design and management strategies.
  • Trails can generate business impacts and create new jobs by attracting visitors, especially overnight visitors.
  • Trails are often associated with higher property value, especially when a trail is designed to provide neighborhood access and maintain residents' privacy.
  • The Trails Benefits Library is searchable by type of benefit, type of user, year, and geography. It contains detailed information on how to interpret studies’ results, as well as the original study.


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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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