Trail Assessment for Accessibility and Sustainability

This webinar will explore the process of assessing natural surface pedestrian trails for accessibility and sustainability and will focus on developing new trails as well as conversion of existing trails.

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February 29, 2024

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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This webinar is free to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship from MassTrails.


Webinar Outline

This webinar will explore the process of assessing natural surface pedestrian trails for accessibility and sustainability. The presentation will focus on developing new trails as well as conversion of existing trails.

This webinar is part of a four-part webinar series hosted by the Professional TrailBuilders Association. Join us for all four webinars (or view the recordings):

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basic concepts of pedestrian trail design and layout.
  • Apply the Federal Trail Standards for sustainable trail development.
  • Understand when a pedestrian trail is sustainable, and not.
  • Learn how trail assessments can help determine sustainability.
  • Integrating accessibility, sustainability, and the landscape— pulling it all together.


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

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    Peter S. Jensen, Trail Planner/Builder, Peter S. Jensen & Associates
    Washington, Vermont

    Peter S. Jensen is a trail planner/builder with more than 45 years experience planning and constructing pedestrian trails throughout the northeastern United States. His company has planned and built many miles of trail through open and forested terrain for a variety of non-profit and government clients. His philosophy is to plan and construction trails which minimize impact to the environment and provide the greatest access for all people. In the late 1990's he served as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s representative to the U. S. Access Board’s Regulatory Negotiation Committee on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas where he helped shape guidelines for development of new trails, camping facilities, picnic sites, and beaches. Peter S. Jensen & Associates, LLC continues to plan, design, construct, and consult on the development of sustainable trails for all people. The group also is involved in technical skills training for youth, volunteers, and agency/non-profit staff, an important component of their work. Peter S. Jensen &Associates, LLC has been a member of the Professional Trailbuilders Association (PTBA) since 2001.


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