Water Management on Legacy Trails

The SET (Sustainable, Effective, Traversable) Standard

This webinar will discuss the challenges of legacy trails, examine with photos and commentary commonly built trail features, and applying the SET test to them. It will also discuss the renovation of existing features and the construction of new trail features that comply with the SET criteria.

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November 16, 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)


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FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The SET test is a useful tool for maintainers, trail crews, and land managers to assess existing built trail features, as well as assessing proposed new features on legacy trails. The feature should comply with the three criteria below:

  1. Sustainable
    1. Must last a long time (twenty plus years).
    2. Requires minimal maintenance.
  2. Effective
    1. Must work for its intended purpose (such as removing water from the trail).
    2. Must work effectively for a long time.
    3. Must remain effective with minimal maintenance.
  3. Traversable
    1. Must be easy for the trail user to cross.
    2. Increases trail accessibility by eliminating difficult obstacles.
    3. Reduces trail widening by eliminating obstacles which often divert user off trail.
    4. More aesthetic. Generally, the feature blends into the background and user does not notice it.

The presentation will discuss the challenges of legacy trails, examine with photos and commentary commonly built trail features, and apply the SET test to them. The presentation will then discuss the renovation of existing features and the construction of new trail features that comply with the SET criteria. Understanding the SET concepts is applicable to anyone maintaining natural surface or aggregate surface trails, wither intended for foot or wheeled traffic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of water dynamics that cause erosion and sedimentation.
  • Familiarity with the components of the SET test.
  • How to apply the test to existing or new features.


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

Webinar Resources

  • The SET Test - Flush Water Bars (pdf)
  • The SET Test - Water Bars (pdf)

    Webinar Partners


    Robert Fina, Owner, Fina Trails LLC
    Alexandria, Virginia

    Robert Fina is the owner of Fina Trails LLC, a trail design, build, and trail skills training company focused on developing sustainable trail systems in the Mid-Atlantic area. His goal is to build, and to teach others to build, trails that will last for generations with minimal maintenance.

    Robert has been a passionate parks and trails volunteer for twenty five years , and was recently awarded a Lifetime Membership award for his exceptional service to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. His focus on safety, attention to detail, and professionalism comes from a lifelong career as a construction company owner in the Washington DC area.


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