Trails Maintenance & Operations Workshop

West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition is hosting a daylong workshop to educate trail professionals and volunteers on the latest practices in trail maintenance and to develop trail operations manuals. Participants will learn ways to extend the life of their trails, reduce liability exposure, and make their trails safer for users. These sessions will give both trail managers and practitioners information for better operation and maintance of non-motorized trails.

Trail Operations

Liability should be a concern for government agencies and nonprofits building and operating public trails. Beyond proper design elements, developing good operations policies and procedures can reduce the risk of lawsuites. In the event of a lawsuit, maintenance logs, inspection forms, and incident reports can help limit liability. Participants will learn how to develop a trail operations manual and record keeping systems for optimum trail user safety and better protection of trail organizations.

Trail Maintenance

Trail construction and reconstruction is expensive, so it makes sense to protect your trail investment with proper maintenance. Participants will learn how to extend the life of a trail beyond anticipated life averages with plans and benefits for routine maintenance such as mowing, cleaning, trimming, vandalism repair, and litter control, as well as long-term mainteance like crack sealing, seal coating, repair for various surfaces, and more.

Sessions led by Jim Schneider, Trail-Works

Jim Schneider has worked with trails for more than 25 years, including nearly two decades as trail manager for 60 miles of trails in Greene County, Ohio where he oversaw their design, construction, operation, maintenance, and patrol. Schneider has been involved in site acquisition, design, engineering, and/or construction of more than 40 trail projects throughout his career. Today, as president of Trail-Works, he continues his work developing trail plans and specifications, oversees trail construction projects, and trains groups on the operation and maintenance of trails. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Meijer Headquarters
Cost: $35/person (snacks and lunch included)
More information or to register: Contact WMTGC

Our Mission:

To coordinate a regional trails & greenways infrastructure.

Our Vision:

To develop a non-motorized trail network that connects our communities, wildlife areas, parks, historic landmarks, and civic destinations. In this way, we build something sustainable for future generations to enjoy.


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