ELCR and American Trails Bring You Our Recorded Webinar:
Equestrian Trail Design for Urban Shared Use Trails
Date Recorded: August 22, 2019
In partnership with American Trails, this webinar addresses methods used in constructing equestrian trails for shared use while also including ADA interface in an urban environment. It highlights key materials and tread surfacing that are horse friendly from both a safety and best practices-sustainability perspective. The webinar also explores wilderness design criteria used to build trails to provide maximum sustainability.
The webinar focuses on several trail corridors that include Mountain View Trail (Scottsdale, AZ), Via Dona Trail (Scottsdale, AZ), Murphy Bridle Path (Phoenix, AZ), and Cave Creek Town Trail (Cave Creek AZ). Topics of discussion also include alignment/design, signage, crossings/ADA access/materials, staging areas, and public involvement/notification.
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About the Speakers:
Matthew Woodson, President and Founder, Okanogan Trail Construction (OTC)
Matthew Woodson is with Okanogan Trail Construction (OTC), an award-winning trail design, trail building, and trail maintenance company that is available worldwide. OTC has been serving public and private clients for over thirty years, with expertise in performing heavy-duty construction in a wide range of wild, rural, and urban regions. OTC tailors each trail design to frame its surroundings while providing the most sustainable and fulfilling experience for visitors. OTC’s trails synchronize with the environment as much as possible, creating beautiful trails that require minimal maintenance, and ultimately, spare our customers time and money on reconstruction and repair.
Jim Coffman, President, Coffman Studio
Jim Coffman’s experience mixes over 30 years of environmentally conscious and sustainable public and private sector planning and landscape architecture work with over 10 years of teaching at Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. Jim is one of the co-authors of the Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds for the US Forest Service. He has completed 20+ regional bicycle, pedestrian, and complete streets master plans and projects in Arizona; some winning awards from the American Planning Association, AZ Chapter and the AZ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Other multi-modal and planning design work includes complete streets guidelines, bicycle and pedestrian design guidelines, urban core design guideline, and design/construction oversight for urban paths and trails.
Denise O’Meara, Director of Education, Equine Land Conservation Resource
Denise O’Meara is a professional landscape architect (PLA) and director of education for Equine Land Conservation Resource, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of and advocacy for the equine land, facilities and trails that are needed for all horse activities. Denise’s education and experience include two areas that mesh well. An equine and farm management degree lead to an earlier career in thoroughbred training, breeding and farm management. Her later degree and profession in landscape architecture include project work in community planning, master planning, sustainable and low-impact design and construction of municipal and state parks, school and university campuses, and recreational, greenway, trail, stormwater and transportation infrastructure. These two fields merge in her work assisting local organizations and communities to advocate and act for equine access.