Trail Marking Standards Across Varying Landscapes

Join trail designers and builders who work in vastly different landscapes as they discuss the unique marking challenges that their landscapes present.

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September 24, 2020

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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Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Rhino Marking & Protection Systems, this webinar is free to the public.


Webinar Outline

Join trail designers and builders who work in vastly different landscapes as they discuss the unique marking challenges that their landscapes present. From cattle crossing in the Dakotas to winding forested single-track of the Southeast, can sign standards be simplified AND accommodate natural trail differences? How can trail user safety, visibility, and aesthetics all work together to create effective trail marking system?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about critical steps in trail marking planning work, including how to assess the needs of user groups before designing materials.
  • Learn about the Emergency Location Marker (ELM) system for recreational trails which leverages the non-proprietary, federally endorsed U.S. National Grid GPS standard for SAR and emergency response.
  • Learn about using trail marking, ancillary signage, posts, and artwork, to add a third dimension and thematic identity to trails. Making trails a destination by design.


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

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Webinar Partners


Scott Landes, CEO, Excavation Safety Alliance, LLC.
Minneapolis, MN

Active in the marking & identification industry since 1982, Scott Landes founded and ran both Rhino Marking & Protection Systems in 1990 until selling the business in 2021. He founded Infrastructure Resources, publisher and trade show/conference producer in 2003. Dedicated to safe trail & recreational marking, reducing damages to buried infrastructure globally, and recognized as an industry expert, Scott has been published in multiple publications and spoke in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Australia, Italy, and Turkey. He holds 10 patents on marking products. Scott’s expertise in trade show/conference production and his passion for trails allows him to help American Trails grow the International Trails Symposium.


Charlie Dundas, Owner, Tri-State Company, Inc.

Charlie is from Huntington, West Virginia, and has spent his entire life based in the deep woods and steep hollers where he plies his trade. He owns a trail construction company called Tri-State Company, and has been constantly in business for over 30 years. Over that time, his business has expanded to many other states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.


Stephen Swazee, Executive Director, SharedGeo

Steve Swazee is a retired Navy Captain and former Delta Air Lines 747 pilot who serves as Executive Director of geospatial nonprofit SharedGeo and Chairs the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. He is a nationally recognized expert on USNG implementation and leading advocate for USNG adoption by the Emergency Services Sector. During Hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia, Rita and Wilma in 2005, he served as the senior Department of Defense (DoD) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer at the Pentagon.


Jennifer Rigby, Director, The Acorn Group, Inc.
Tustin, CA

Jennifer Rigby is a board member of American Trails and director of The Acorn Group, an award-winning interpretive planning and design firm. For over 25 years she has created interpretive master plans and media for trail systems in a variety of settings: windswept dunes, ancient redwood groves, arid deserts, cypress swamps, and hardwood forests. Regardless of where a project takes her, her focus is on creating meaningful experiences for visitors with a variety of media including wayfinding systems and interpretive panels. See her previous American Trails webinar on interpretation titled “Telling a Better Story: Best practices for developing interpretive panels for trails.”

Jenny’s background includes interpretive master planning; teaching in formal and non-formal institutions, including zoos and aquaria; interpretive writing; exhibit and graphic design; and visitor studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social ecology, master’s degree in education, and two California teaching credentials. Certified by the National Association for Interpretation as an interpretive planner, Jenny has been working in the field of interpretation since 1982.


Josh Olson, Trail Solutions Project Manager/Lead Builder, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Josh has 15 years of experience in planning, design, construction, and managing trail-based projects throughout the US and Internationally. Projects of his include; municipal bike parks, beginner to advanced MTB trail development, resort bike park management, World Cup race courses, and nature preserve multi-use trails; all of which have been located across a vast range of terrain, environments, and ecosystems. Besides the physical trail development, a majority of his projects are well rounded with initial planning/design exercises and implemented with way finding and informational signage, support facilities, and infrastructure development. His experience and role within IMBA Trail Solutions sets him apart as a leader with a team that is dedicated to supporting and growing the mountain bike community.


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

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