Published on July 31, 2019

Trail Workshop Series at Broadmoor

Instructor showing a trail reroute in the field at Broadmoor

Broadmoor is hosting a series of four trail workshops for land managers, conservation professionals, and volunteer trail stewards. Participants will learn best practices in multi-use trail maintenance and construction, including high-quality and sustainable trail stewardship.

You'll also gain hands-on practical experience in trail stewardship and safety practices, build a network within the Massachusetts trail stewardship community, and become a resource for designing and maintaining public trails across the Commonwealth.

Each workshop is $25 per person. This series is partially funded by a grant from MassTrails.


Understanding the Process of Trail Improvement

Wednesday, July 24 • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Plant taxonomist Dr. Lisa Standley and conservation planner Bill Giezentanner will present a classroom overview of trail planning, design, and permitting. The group will then go out into the field at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary to analyze problem areas and discuss solutions.


Puncheon Bridge Construction

Tuesday, August 6 • 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Learn how to assess options for wet areas, design and construct a puncheon bridge in an area where trail relocation is not an option. This hands-on workshop will take place at a wet trail site within Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. 


The Basics of Trail Design & Construction

Thursday, September 12 • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Discover key elements of sustainable trail design and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. This session will guide participants on identification of trail issues/impacts and explore possible solutions. Other topics include site assessment, developing work plans, implementation and maintenance. A hands-on field problem will feature berm removal and include a discussion and demonstration of tools used in trail building. 

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Planning for a New Sustainable Trail

Thursday, September 26 • 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Explore the process of locating a new trail and relocating an existing one for habitat protection, user comfort, safety, and interpretive features. Budget, funding, resources, volunteer recruitment, and management will be discussed in the field and in the classroom.

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