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Free Webinar: Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines

Date: 1/9/2014 - 1/9/2014

Type: Lectures

Location(s): California


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.


Presenter: Janet Zeller, national accessibility program manager, U.S. Forest Service
Moderator: Stuart Macdonald, American Trails and National Trails Training Partnership

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