Project Preparation

Project Preparation Skills Include:

    Land Use Plan Alignment

    Identify elements of the general management, forest, or comprehensive resource management plans as they relate to the trail project.

    Define Purpose and Need of Project

    Use primary data (e.g., stakeholder outreach, trail use data, trail counters) and secondary data (e.g., planning documents, natural and cultural resource survey information, and site-specific resource limitations including soils, hydrology, geology, slope) to define the purpose of the proposed project and the need that it will meet.

    Corridor Planning

    Identify potential areas (broad corridors) that meet the purpose and need of the project. Work with staff and partners to assess the proposed corridor(s) by analyzing resource data and management plan alignment.

    Stakeholder Engagement

    Identify all the external interested individuals, agencies, and private organizations to inform an outreach strategy. Integrate public education opportunities throughout planning, construction, and maintenance efforts.

    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Principles

    Engage with local and regional communities, as well as groups representing ethnically, socially, and economically diverse populations, to address specific trail management issues.

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Resources for Project Preparation

Engaging New Leaders
Engaging New Leaders

Developing volunteer leaders who are able to effectively manage other volunteers is one of the most important ways you can strengthen and build a strong volunteer program. This guide focuses on the recruitment of volunteer leaders, specifically…

Youth Engagement
Youth Engagement

A key component to a successful youth volunteer program is knowing that youth require a different approach than adult groups when it comes to keeping them motivated, safe and productive. This guide provides tools and strategies for meaningful youth…

Community Outreach
Community Outreach

There are many opportunities to get the word out to your community about your programs and projects – and many ways to ensure you are sharing valuable information and stories about where your programs and projects are taking place, what the…

The Value of Trail Assessments
The Value of Trail Assessments

Hosted in partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, this webinar will cover not only the importance of conducting trail assessments but also how to turn those assessments into descriptive reports that facilitate trail…

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There are 49 trainers on TrailSkills
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Jay Post

Trainer Higher Education

Russellville, AR

I coordinate and teach the Trail Management Certificate Program at Arkansas Tech University. Plus,…


Amy Lutsko

Morris County Park Commission, NJ

Trainer Agency

Morristown, NJ


Steve Kruger

Trainer Nonprofit

Portland, OR

Steve has worked in parks and natural areas for nearly 20 years, around San Francisco, Milwaukee,…


stephen schneider

Access Fund

Contractor Trainer

Springdale, AR

Over 20 years as trail steward [non-profit board] IMBA Regional Director [SE Region] Rogue Trails…


Pete Englund

Legacy Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Madrid, IA

Pete Englund had been performing crew based trail work across 12 different states for 18 years…


Daniel Briceño

San Diego Mountain Biking Association

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Chula Vista, CA

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Sarah Torgerson

North Dakota Parks and Recreation


Bismarck, ND

I served with AmeriCorps on trail crews of 3 years. I spent the second 2 years as a crew leader and…


Jason Reser

Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance (CORA)


Covington, KY

Jason has deep community roots in the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky region. He has…


Connor Ranft

Student Conservation Association (SCA)

Corps Nonprofit

Philadelphia, PA


Joelle Gallaugher

Great Burn Conservation Alliance


Missoula, MT


Charlotte Staats

Adirondack Mountain Club

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Lake Placid, NY

I am a seasoned trail builder who has worked on trails in New York State since 2015. I've worked…


Zachary Gardner


Ephraim, UT

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