Tim Mitchell, Federal Highway Administration
Jeff Schoenbrauer, Brauer and Associates, Ltd.
Julia Rundberg, MN DNR, Trails and Waterways
Tim Wegner, MN IMBA Rep., Trailsource, LLC
A panel overview from federal agency, State agency, consultant planner and user advocate/trail builder perspectives.
Ideas and discussion on the role of public/private partnerships in O & M.
Things to Remember
Keep operations and maintenance considerations in the forefront as you are developing applications. Be creative as you ride the fine line between rehabilitation and maintenance.
To be sustainable, each of these factors must be considered when planning, designing, and developing trails.
Designing trails to retain their form over years of use and natural forces acting on them.
Minimizing the ecological impacts of trails, especially in sensitive areas.
Fostering a sense of individual responsibility for stewardship.
Paying attention to user values is critical to creating enjoyable, safe, and sustainable trails that engender stewardship.
People tend to take care of what they value, so design quality does indeed matter!
All elements of design need to be used to full advantage in creating fun, sustainable trails.
Guiding principles provide the underlying rationale for actions related to protecting, restoring, and managing natural environments associated with trail development.
"Sustainability thresholds" provide trail managers and user groups with a common basis for determining if a trail is sustainable.
Each threshold triggers a certain type of action to ensure that the trail either remains sustainable, or is redesigned or decommissioned due to an unacceptable level of impact.
Properly classifying a trail is an important step toward a sustainable trail design.
Knowing your user and properly defining their trail design requirements is vital to creating a sustainable trail.
For natural trails, proper use of rolling grade ensures watersheds will be well managed and designs will be creative and interesting to the trail user.
Need for significant amount of reliable, predictable funds for O & M, not always possible from fees or general revenue. "We'll take care of it so you don't need to worry" doesn't build a relationship between the user and the facility, making it hard to build a coalition of supporters for O & M needs.
Agency provides the coordination and big picture perspective.
E-mail communication to volunteers
Trained at National Trail School
Coordinates on-site trail work sessions
Documents work done and volunteer hours
After the trail is completed
Contractor handles rough construction
Volunteer group completes trail finishing work, and technical trail feature construction