UTAP Trail Assessment Coordinators
UTAP Train-the-Trainer Program
This research project addresses the need to increase the availability of training opportunities for land management agencies and trail organizations to learn the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) through the development of a Train-the-Trainer program.
UTAP Train-the-Trainer Project
Training for the UTAP is limited, particularly in rural areas, by the small number of trainers. Through this project a training program will be developed to create a large, geographically diverse pool of UTAP Trainers, which will increase the opportunity for and frequency of UTAP workshops throughout the country.
Widespread availability of the UTAP will enhance trail access for all Americans, including those with disabilities, by enabling individuals to make informed decisions about which trails are appropriate for their interests and abilities.
Phase I ended in January 2000 with the completion of these objectives:
• established a project advisory board;
• developed the format and draft materials for UTAP Train-the-Trainer courses;
• identified potential Train-the-Trainer candidates; and
• developed a national implementation strategy.
The objectives of Phase II (September 2000 - August 2002) include:
• to review and finalize UTAP Coordinator Workshop training materials;
• to conduct Train-the-Trainer pilot courses;
• to refine UTAP Train-the-Trainer materials and evaluate their effectiveness; and
• to implement the UTAP Trainer Courses nationally.
This work is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) under Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Grant #99-33610-7523 and Phase II Grant #00-33610-9415.