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Trail Assessments: w hat are they and how do we do them?. Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee October 15, 2005. What is a Condition Assessment?. 1. Inventory Trail Assets. 2. Determine Condition of Trail Assets. 3. Manage Assessment Information. A.T. Asset.

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Trail Assessments:

what are they and how do we do them?

Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee

October 15, 2005


What is a Condition Assessment?

1

Inventory Trail Assets

2

Determine Condition of Trail Assets

3

Manage Assessment Information


A.T. Asset

Trail – surface, erosion control structures, steps, crib walls, minor trail bridges

>

Major Bridges – over 20’ long and 10’ off the ground, or complex design

>

Buildings – shelters, privies, retained and excess structures

>

Campsites – constructed or managed

>

Parking Lots – constructed or managed

>

Boundary line – Exterior Corridor Boundary Survey

>


Collecting Information

GPS

Use Resource Grade GPS units

>

“Data Dictionary”

>

Collect Location and Attribute Information at the same time

>

Integrate data into our GIS

>


Inventory

1

TRAIL

GPS surveyed in 1999

>

Updated in 2002-2003

>

Provided an accurate location of AT footpath

>

Only necessary to update relocations

>


Inventory

1

SHELTERS

Location

>

Dimensions

>

Construction Type

>

Capacity

>


Inventory

1

PRIVIES

Location

>

Dimensions

>

Construction Type

>

Privy Type

>


Inventory

1

CAMPSITES

Location

>

Dimensions

>

Capacity

>

Type designated, user created, bootleg/illegal

>


Inventory

1

MAJOR BRIDGES

Location

>

Year Built

>

Bridge Type Use Forest Service Definitions

>

Bridge Materials

>

Name

>


Inventory

1

PARKING LOTS

Location

>

Year Built

>

Surface

>

Dimensions

>

Capacity

>


Assessments

2

TRAIL PROBLEMS

Identify Deficiency

>

Note Actions to Correct Deficiency

>

Materials Needed

>

Estimated Person days

>

Evaluation

>

Trail Crew

>


Assessment

2

OTHER PROBLEMS

Identify Deficiency

>

Note Actions to Correct Deficiency

>

Materials Needed

>

Estimated Person days

>

Evaluation

>

Trail Crew

>


Information Management

3

DATA

Field Data is Processed edited & corrected

>

Data is imported into an ATC Database

GIS & Access, under development

>

Data is also used in NPS Database FMSS

>

Data is used by NPS to Request Project Funding

>


Information Management

3

PHOTOS

Document Assets

>

Used for Project Planning

>

Stamped with Info

>

Linked to GIS

>

Eventually Accessible in ATC Database

>


Information Management

3

GIS

Data Integrated into ATC GIS

>

Can be Viewed in Relation to Other Features – Land Ownership Natural Resources Cultural Resources Other Trail Projects

>

Can be used to Produce Maps

>


Information Management

3

TRAIL ASSESSMENT CYCLE

Gather Quality Field Data

>

Develop Project Priorities from Data

>

Request Funding Based on Project Priorities

>

Update Data

>


Information Management

3

AT PROJECT MANAGEMENT CYCLE

Raw

Data

see

Field

ATPO

A.T. Database

HQ

= Club

Condition Assessment Data

= ATC

Five-Year Plans

= ATPO

Finalized by Aug 15

Annually by Aug 31

Reports due by Sept 30

Compile

Estimate

Field season

Costs Estimated by Sept

NPS funds by late-Feb

RPC Approved by Sept

see

RPC

RPC

BOD Approves Budget, Nov

NPS deadline by Mid-Feb

Compliance

PMIS

FMSS

ATPO Budgeting

?

ATC Budgeting

ATC Fundraising


2004 Assessment

METHOD

20% of the AT was Assessed in the Field

>

AT Sections were Randomly Selected

>

Extrapolated Assessment Results to Entire Length of AT

>

Established a Base-line Condition for the AT Based on Field & Extrapolated Data

>

20% of the AT will be Assessed in the Field Each Year

>


2004 Assessment

RESULTS

Based on Field and Extrapolated Data:

43% (951 mi.) of AT is in “Good” Condition

>

31% (687 mi.) of AT is in “Fair” Condition

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24% (539 mi) of AT is in “Poor” Condition

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0% of AT is in “Serious” Condition

>

Condition of AT is Determined by it’s “Facility Condition Index” - FCI

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Replacement Value/Deferred Maintenance $

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2005 and Beyond…

20% of the AT will be Assessed in the Field Each Year

>

Clubs and Volunteers are Integral to Assessment Process

>

Data will be Used to Update and Replace Existing Information

>

Data will be Used to Plan Projects and Request Future Funds

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GPS Equipment

GeoExplorer 3

GeoExplorer XT

Recon w/Pocket GPS


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