Larry
Larry Knutson

Founder and President

Penn Trails LLC

Newville, PA

(717) 486-4455
[email protected]

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Larry Knutson, is founder and President of Penn Trails LLC. A cloud based company for 16 years, we work with clients nationwide providing trail assessments, planning, designing, project & construction management, educational workshops. Penn Trails is largely engaged with land trusts and conservancies. Knutson is the lead author of Trails for All People: Guidance for Accessibility and Inclusive Design, published by The Pennsylvania Land Trust (PALTA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). Focused on accessible trails for non-federal entities, it is utilized around the country by land trusts, conservation organizations, land managers, landscape architects and others involved in public trails planning, design and programming.

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Trail Construction
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Project Preparation
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Full
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Project Planning & Design
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Full
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Program Admin & Leadership
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Trainings I Provide

I offer trainings for the following skills:

  • Construction Specifications
  • Hand-Built Trail Construction
  • Water Management/Drainage Features
  • Maintenance Specifications
  • Inventory & Assessment
  • Land Use Plan Alignment
  • Define Purpose and Need of Project
  • Corridor Planning
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Principles
  • Project Cost Estimation
  • Implementation Plan
  • Trail Specifications
  • Design
  • Trail Plans
  • Interpretation
  • Permitting
  • Universal Design/ADA Accessibility
  • Program Budgeting
  • Communications
  • Contract Administration
  • Education and Public Outreach
  • Funding/Grants
  • Inspections/Monitoring
  • Partnership and Collaboration
  • Policy/Directives/Law
  • Visitor Use Management and Monitoring
  • Agreement Development

Please contact me for more details on the trainings I offer.

Past Trainings

Beyond the Garden Path: Trail Planning for Private Landowners
Penn Trails LLC
Penn Trails LLC
Beyond the Garden Path: Trail Planning for Private Landowners

May 06, 2023

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

If you’re a homeowner interested in building your own trail through any sized landscape, then this opportunity will lead you down the garden path of trail building. Join Larry Knutson of Penn Trails as he instructs you in choosing a site, assessing the tenets of trail sustainability, and the rules to live by in outlining your trail system. This three-hour session will cover the planning concepts that are crucial to understand before taking on a trail project. This “how to plan” workshop will participants with working knowledge that is key to engaging a sustainable trail project with professional designers, contractors, volunteer entities, or your own resources.

Community Trail Planning 101
Penn Trails LLC
Penn Trails LLC
Community Trail Planning 101

March 20, 2023

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Basic trails planning session for getting started, best practices, key steps to take, and also touches on the different trail uses/types

Shared Use Trails in Community Parks
Penn Trails LLC
Penn Trails LLC
Shared Use Trails in Community Parks

March 19, 2023

Hershey, Pennsylvania

With trail users growing and diversifying, and communities desiring more close to home trails, wider shared use/universally accessible trails might be needed to meet the demand and volume of these trail users (walkers, joggers, families with strollers, bikes, etc.). This session will detail how to assess when you need a wider shared use path vs a narrower walkway, and go into analysis of the site, appropriate trail design and construction, and how to achieve universal accessibility.

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