Designing Near Wetlands, Streams, Forests, and Other Environmental Resources

This presentation discusses the seven biggest considerations for planners and designers when designing near wetlands, streams, forests, and other environmental resources.

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Event Details

June 20, 2019

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)

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$39 for nonmembers

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Webinar Outline

Trails are seen in many shapes and forms, but the best trails are places for users to enjoy for many reasons, as well as connections within communities. Likewise, trails can create spaces with a strong sense of community and extend over, through and around many types of resources. When designing a pedestrian bridge, boardwalk or through the forest, planners and designers should consider seven topics that will have a major impact on the long-term success of a project. Each item marked off the design checklist is another step toward a lasting successful project.

This presentation discusses the seven biggest considerations for planners and designers when designing near wetlands, streams, forests, and other environmental resources. The discussion covers how the features in the landscape drive the type of trail, boardwalk or bridge, depending on where it is and how it will be used. The presentation covers code requirements, trail width, site conditions, geotechnical considerations, structural considerations, permitting, durability and user safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to identify and plan with environmental resources.
  • Identify potential solutions to designing with environmental resources.
  • Learn about how a multifaceted approach to planning and design of trails with environmental resources can be implemented in any community, for various types of recreational resource plans and projects.


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


Daniel Biggs, Landscape Architect, Weston & Sampson

Mr. Daniel Biggs is a registered Landscape Architect with over 15 years of multi-disciplinary experience in all phases of landscape architecture design and environmental planning projects. His background includes leading multi-disciplinary teams on master planning, parks and recreational facilities, multi-use trails, campus improvements, and multi-modal transportation projects. Dan is currently Regional Manager of Weston & Sampson in Albany, NY and leads a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, engineers, scientists and surveyors, serving the greater northeast. Prior to his current position, Dan led the landscape architecture practice of a specialty bicycle and pedestrian planning and design firm in the Metro Washington, D.C. area. Outside of the office, Dan spends his time hiking, biking, and sailing with family.



Jason Philbin, President, PermaTrak

Mr. Jason Philbin is president of PermaTrak North America, a concrete boardwalk design-build company. Prior to PermaTrak, Jason was Director of Preconstruction and Area Engineer for multiple geotechnical contractors and pre-engineered bridge manufacturers. Jason is currently a member of ASHE, ASCE and ASLA, and has held each of the officer positions with the Southern Branch of the North Carolina Section of ASCE. Jason holds a BSCE and an MSCE from the University of Kentucky, and is a registered professional engineer. Jason is a two-time Ironman who enjoys using greenways and trails as part of his fitness regime.



Webinar Resources

Weston & Sampson –

PermaTrak –

K.B. Industries Flexi-pave -

Invincible Structures -

Maryland Forest Conservation Act -

Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual & Supplements -

AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC: 2012.

Protecting Trees in Development -

Trees and Development: A Technical Guide to Preservation of Trees During Land Development by Neida Matheny and James R. Clark, 1998 -

Developing Trails in Sensitive Areas -

Wetland Trail Design and Construction: 2007 Edition -

Constructing Wetland Boardwalks and Trails -

Video showing a construction of boardwalk over Tree Roots

Video showing examples of various uses for a PermaTrak system

Closed Captioning

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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:

  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition

Learning credits are included in the registration fee. Free webinars require a $15 fee for learning credits.

Our webinars earn the following credits: AICP (1.5 CM), LA CES (1.5 PDH), and NRPA CEU equivalency petition (0.10).