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The Value of Trail Assessments

Hosted in partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, this webinar will cover not only the importance of conducting trail assessments but also how to turn those assessments into descriptive reports that facilitate trail improvements.

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Event Details

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September 02, 2021

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:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
  • Note:

    Closed Captioning is available for this webinar.
    Learning Credits
    are available for this webinar.


    Webinar Outline

    Hosted in partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. It is easy to identify when our trails have problem areas, but can you as a trail manager or volunteer identify why the problem is occurring and how you might be able to fix it? This session will cover not only the importance of conducting trail assessments but also how to turn those assessments into descriptive reports that facilitate trail improvements.

    Following the presentations, the panelists will respond to questions from webinar participants.

    The messaging in this webinar is valuable to any trail type, motorized and nonmotorized. Pictures displayed during the webinar will be mostly of motorized trails, but concepts are relevant to any trail type.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify common trail issues caused by design, location, or change in uses patterns or environment.
    • Identify potential solutions for these trail issues
    • Communicate trial issues and solutions using written language, photos, and diagrams.


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

    Questions and Answers


    Webinar Partners


    Marc Hildesheim, Program Director, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
    Medical Lake, Washington

    Marc Hildesheim is a lifelong OHV enthusiasts who lives in Eastern Washington with his wife, three kids, and two Australian Shepherds. Marc began working in trails in 2003 as a seasonal Trail Ranger for Idaho Parks and Recreation and later as a Trails Specialist. Marc continued his career as an OHV Education Coordinator and OHV Program Manager for New Mexico Game and Fish until coming to NOHVCC in 2015. Marc currently serves as NOHVCC’s Program Director working on workshops, resources, and on the ground OHV projects.


    Geoff Chain, Project Manager, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
    Prescott, Arizona

    Geoff Chain is an Arizona native and enthusiast of all things outdoors and wheeled. I participate in motorcycle trials, trail riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and exploring as much as I can. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2012 with a degree in GIS, I started working for the USGS as a Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist. I also became active in the local clubs building and maintaining motorized and non-motorized trails in cooperation with the USFS. I joined the NOHVCC team in 2018 and now serve as a Project Manager working on on the ground projects, collaborating with clubs, GIS and mapping, and participating in Great Trails workshops.


    Duane Taylor, Executive Director, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
    Great Falls, Montana

    Duane Taylor became the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council’s (NOHVCC) Executive Director in 2017. NOHVCC is a not-for-profit educational organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of OHVs, including ATVs, ROVs, dirt bikes and 4WD trucks. Using a network of State Partners, it develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools,” to OHV clubs, associations, agencies and individuals across the U.S. and Canada. Taylor has worked in the powersport industry since 2005. Prior to joining NOHVCC, Taylor was director of federal affairs for the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), and Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). His responsibilities included managing federal lobbying activities for the associations; developing and communicating industry policy positions to the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and partners; researching and commenting on legislation and regulatory actions that impact the powersports industry; and, creating and facilitating relationships with public and private sector partners that serve to advance industry goals. He is a life-long motorcyclist and is certified as an ATV Safety Institute (ASI) RiderCourse Instructor, and ROHVA DriverCoach.


    Closed Captioning

    We are offering closed captioning for our webinars, thanks to a partnership with VZP Digital. If you are in need of this service, please email us prior to the webinar. An unedited transcript will be sent to all attendees following the webinar.

    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

    Learning credits are free for American Trails webinars and are either free or a $15 fee for other conferences, webinars, or workshops.


    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.

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