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Introduction to Trail Planning (Part 1 of 3)

One part of a three-part series on the Introduction to Trail Planning, Design and Development, and Management. PART ONE: In the Introduction to Trail Planning we will discuss different types of trail plans including Master Plans Conceptual Plans, Development Plans and Management Plans.

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May 06, 2021

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

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    Webinar Outline

    This webinar is one part of a three part series:

    In the Introduction to Trail Planning we will discuss different types of trail plans including Master Plans Conceptual Plans, Development Plans and Management Plans. Content will include a review of different elements to consider including in your plan. Methods for identifying stakeholders and engaging them in the planning process will be discussed. Alternatives for soliciting trail visitor feedback will be reviewed. Environmental considerations and landscape suitability for trail development will be discussed.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Introduction to the different types of trail plans
    • Permitting considerations for trail development
    • Working with stakeholders


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


    Webinar Partners


    Kim Frederick, Owner, Chinook Associates LLC
    Golden, Colorado

    Kim Frederick created Chinook Associates LLC in 1990. It is a consulting company established to provide all aspects of recreational trail system management, working closely with government, community and volunteer leaders. Included among Chinook’s many successes are: Creation and delivery of trail development, design and management workshops throughout the United States, Italy, Lebanon and Mexico, trail master plan development, construction management and the analysis of existing trail systems and creation of management plans to implement corrective measures, .

    Kim is a talented and accomplished Trails Program Manager with over 40 years of experience in developing partnerships, teaching, directing staff, and managing projects. As the Trails Services Supervisor for Jefferson County Open Space (Colorado) he managed a professional staff, youth corps, and volunteers in the development and management of over 250 miles of trail. This multi-use trail system connects urban areas with foothills parks and experiences over 7 million visitors annually.

    The Mission of the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI) was to provide conservation leadership and land stewardship skills training to agencies and organizations. As a founding member and Board Chairperson for COTI, Kim provided the leadership for the successful partnership of over 40 Federal, State, and local agencies, and other groups. This partnership has resulted in well-trained crew leaders and individuals, who maintained high quality standards, were extremely productive, increased their effectiveness as employees, and provided an excellent volunteer experience.


    Webinar Resources

    Master Plan

    BLM E-Planning Travel Mgt And NEPA Database

    US Forest Service Land/Travel Mgt Plans Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forest

    US Forest Service White River National Forest Travel Mgt Plan

    Three Rivers Park District 2040 System Plan

    Central City Trails Master Plan

    Douglas County 2030 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan

    Staunton State Park Master Plan

    Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans

    Conceptual Plans

    Great Shasta Rail Trail Trail Concept Plan

    Larson Creek Multi-Use Path Assesment

    Assawoman Canal Trail Concept Plan

    Trail Proposal Processes

    Forest Preserves of Cook County Trail and Infrastructure Proposals

    Jefferson County Open Space Trail Handbook and Trail Proposal Process


    EPA National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    Council on Environmental Quality Updated NEPA Implementation Regulations

    EPA Environmental Impact Statement Database

    EPA Clean Water Act 404 Permit

    FWS Endangered Species Permits

    NPS List of State Historic Preservation Offices

    Development Plans

    Forest Preserves of Cook County CIP

    Seawall Trail Plan

    Professional Trail Builders Association

    USFS Standard Trail Plans and Specifications

    Walton Foundation Development Review

    BLM MTB Trail Design

    BLM Sign Guidebook

    Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails. Trailheads and Campgrounds

    USFS Sustainable ATV Trails

    City of San Jose Trail Sign Guidelines

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife Statewide Strategic Trails Plan 2016-2026

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Trails Plan Construction and O&M Costs

    Billings Area Trail Asset Management Plan

    Rails To Trails Maintenance Costs and Practices

    Maintenance Management Plan

    Billings Area Trail Asset Mgt Plan

    Rails To Trails Maintenance Practices and Costs

    Visitor Management Plan

    Interagency Visitor Use Management Council

    Interagency Visitor Use Podcast

    Apex Park Jefferson County Open Space

    Rocky Mtn National Park Current Conditions

    Online Public Solicitation for Comments

    Jefferson County Open Space where they solicit trail proposals

    Forest Preserves for Cook County infrastructure proposal request (including trails)

    “Trail Proposals” Google search article

    · Forest Service Trail Proposal Form (pdf)

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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)
    • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
    • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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