Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines

This 90-minute webinar covered the trails portion of the final "Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines; Outdoor Developed Areas." These new accessibility guidelines for federal lands cover new or altered trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes, and related recreation facilities.

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January 09, 2014

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)

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FREE for nonmembers

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    Webinar Outline


    TRAILS ARE AN IMPORTANT WAY THAT VISITORS TO OUR PUBLIC LANDS ARE ENABLED TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS - NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    TRAILS ARE AN IMPORTANT WAY THAT VISITORS TO OUR PUBLIC LANDS ARE ENABLED TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS - NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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    Accessibility is closely related to better trail design. The new guidelines provide a great opportunity for all trail planners and managers to identify ways to make their trail systems more sustainable and available to more hikers while maintaining the character of the trail and reducing maintenance costs in the long term.

    The program is hosted by American Trails and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the presentation made by Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service.

    This webinar is produced in part with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whose mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the major provisions of the ABA Accessibility Guidelines
    • Understand the details of trails in the ABA Accessibility Guidelines
    • Learn from an on-the-ground experience perspective
    • Learn how accessibility relates to more sustainable trail design
    • Learn how federal agencies will apply the trail guidelines for accessibility
    • Understand how trails on non-federal lands can benefit from using the guidelines
    • Learn about resources for accessible trails and other outdoor recreation facilities

    We will focus on trails, but will briefly explain which agencies and lands are covered under these new guidelines, as trails are one of several outdoor recreation facilities covered by the new Guidelines.

    Questions and answers followed the webinar. Everyone registering for the program was invited to submit questions in advance of the webinar. We'll also be following up with more Q & A based on feedback from attendees.

    HOW TO ORDER: Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails

    We have received many requests for how to order the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails, which is posted on the USFS Accessibility website at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/accessibility.

    Ways to order black and white printed copies are as follows:

    • Or you may mail or fax your request to: Szanca Solutions/FHWA PDC, 13710 Dunnings Highway, Claysburg, PA 16625 - Fax: (814) 239-2156

     


    Presenter


    Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, USDA Forest Service

    Janet Zeller is the National Accessibility Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. She and her team are responsible for the accessibility of the facilities, programs and policies across the 193 million acres of the National Forest System. Janet was the lead author of the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation and Trail Accessibility Guidelines.

    She instructs accessibility and universal design of programs and facilities at a wide range of training sessions nationally. She also represents the Forest Service working on accessibility issues with partners, organizations, States, and other federal agencies, including with the U.S. Access Board and the Department of Justice.

    Janet is a lifelong outdoor recreationist and a certified instructor trainer in canoeing and sea kayaking. She is a graduate of UNH with a Master’s degree from URI.

     


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