April 18-19, 2016
This two-day professional trail workshop focuses on a natural surface trail’s bed and tread planning, layout and construction. The relationship between the trail’s intended use(s), the design parameters determined by use(s), the materials and construction techniques utilized to meet the use and design parameters, along with ongoing maintenance of the trail will be covered, providing participants both expertly guided classroom learning and hands-on client site experience.
Lunch will be provided both days. Equipment for Day 2 will be provided. Individuals should dress appropriately on Day 2 for outdoor activity and are encouraged to bring personal water bottles to be refilled at the nature center.
Day 1: Classroom instruction & field demonstration
Day 2: Project site hands-on instruction
Individuals may attend Day 1 and not Day 2 but may not attend only Day 2.
- Grade & Slope
- Managed Use and Design Parameters
- Erosion, Water, Obstacles and Drainage
- Reversals, Swales & Dips & Turns
- Soil, Rock & Vegetation
- Natural materials for constructing trail bed and trail tread
- Aggregate materials
- Techniques for stabilizing trail bed and trail tread
- Project Planning & Scheduling
- Best Management Practices (BMPs)
- Scope of Work
- Alignment, Flagging and Staking
Funded in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program funded through the Federal Highway Administration.
About the Trainer
Larry Knutson is President of Penn Trails. His orientation to universally accessible, sustainable, natural surface trails has been acquired as a contractor in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of such trails, as well as, professional education and certifications including with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. He is coauthor of the 2014 Universal Access Trails: Design, Management, Ethical, and Legal Considerations, for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Penn Trails a member of the Professional Trail Builders Association, executing trail planning, design and construction management projects throughout Pennsylvania and mid-Atlantic states. Knutson teaches a variety of trail classes and workshops for PA Land Trust, PA Recreational & Parks Society, DCNR, Penn State, the US Forest Service, counties and municipalities. He is serving his second 3 year term on PA DCNR’s State Trails Advisory Board. A recipient of the American Hiking Society’s 2003 Volunteer of the Year award for his trail work in Pennsylvania, he is also a former Appalachian Trail overseer and Pennsylvania DCNR Park Ranger.