Trail-Specific Insurance Town Hall

Join us for this unique Town Hall to discuss the opportunities that now exist for small and mid-size trail organizations to find affordable and appropriate trail-specific insurance.

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July 13, 2023

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: FREE


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Webinar Outline

We have heard from many organizations across the Trails Community that finding insurance that is affordable while still covering the unique needs of small and volunteer driven trail and conservation stewardship organizations is one of the most pressing challenges our industry faces. Over the last two years, Conservation United and American Trails have been working hard to find an insurance provider that truly understands our industry and can aggregate small organizations to make a sustainable model, and this effort is finally starting to pay off.

Join us for this unique Town Hall, and bring your questions, to discuss the opportunities that now exist for small and mid-size trail organizations to find affordable and appropriate trail-specific insurance. This could be a game-changer for our industry. You won’t want to miss it!

Prior to this Town Hall, we strongly encourage you to check out the webinar that we held with Conservation United in June 2022 Recommended Liability Insurance for Trails Practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the insurance opportunities that now exist for small and mid-size trail organizations
  • Learn about what qualifies an organization to benefit from this insurance
  • Discover the types of insurance available now and options to come


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

Webinar Resources

  • Status of States that Offer Insurance Coverage (pdf)
  • Conservation United Contact Info - Let Us Be Your Trails Insurance Provider (pdf)
  • Conservation United Volunteer Accident Insurance (pdf)

    Webinar Partners


    Robert Johnston, Co-Founder and Principal, Conservation United
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Robert is the Co-Founder and Principal of Conservation United, an insurance brokerage and risk management consultant specializing in the nonprofit, environmental, volunteer engagement, national service and government service sectors. Product Collaborator: Rx Fire Liability, Financial Assurances for

    Mitigation Banking and various liability products for Conservationists.


    Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails
    Marshfield, Wisconsin

    Mike Passo is the Executive Director of American Trails. Mike has also served as the Executive Director of the Professional Trailbuilders Association and the owner and operator of a sea kayak outfitter called Elakah Expeditions. Mike has led groups of all backgrounds, ages and abilities on sea kayak expeditions in the San Juan Islands of Washington, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Mike has conducted an extensive study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of construction according to proposed Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and a Congressional study on improving access to outdoor recreational activities on federal land. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, including three years’ coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has presented on Universal Design and Programming at several national conferences and served on the Board of Directors of American Trails since 2000. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia has given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment that does not ruin the characteristics and value of that environment.


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    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
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    • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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