New ADA Rules on Trails and Access for the Disabled
Change is constant! Additional rules on trails and access for the disabled are about to be issued. These affect federal land only but more are coming that will affect private land. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (“Access Board”) is publishing final guidelines in the Federal Register for outdoor developed areas. These guidelines amend the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines by adding scoping and technical requirements for trails, camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas and beach access routes constructed or altered by or on behalf of federal agencies to ensure these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The rules cover new and altered facilities but not existing ones. Effective date is November 25, 2013. The Access Board’s website states that guidelines for non-federal sites covered by the ADA will be developed through a subsequent rule-making. No timetable for that is apparent. There appears to be an Outdoor Developed Areas Regulatory Negotiation Committee. The American Trails website has comprehensive information and analysis.
State Conferences, Training and Webinars
Thinking about accreditation in 2014?
We know a number of land trusts are planning on registering for accreditation in 2014. If your organization plans to register for 2014, please read the Commission’s memo.
The Land Trust Alliance works with land trusts and local communities throughout the Northeast to provide a host of tools, training, support and inspiration to ensure their success in protecting the air we breathe, water we drink and food we eat.
Accreditation Preparation: we provide coaching services, and occasionally funding, to help land trusts prepare for the land trust accreditation process.
Standards & Practices Assessments: we periodically provide staff and/or funding to work with land trusts on completing an assessment of their effectiveness implementing Land Trust Standards and Practices. The assessment process identifies areas for improvement and working together with either Alliance staff or a consultant a plan is developed to pursue full implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices.
Information & Training: we provide a wealth of information via The Learning Center (available to Land Trust Alliance member organizations and their staff, board, and volunteers) to land trusts addressing all facets of operating a successful nonprofit and meeting their land conservation mission.; and often working with our state association partners support workshops and webinars based on the Alliance’s Land Trust Standards & Practices curriculum.
Mentoring/ Coaching: we provide tailored, in-depth one-on-one support to assist land trusts in organizational planning, critical staff or board transitions, leadership development, strategic conservation planning, and other organizational development needs.
Leadership Development: working with our national education team we periodically offer current and emerging leaders training, opportunities to connect with peers, and multi-day retreats to help strengthen their leadership skills.
Land Trust Alliance New York Program
The Land Trust Alliance Northeast Office functions as the land trust service center for New York's land trust community. Guided by the New York Advisory Board, the Alliance's New York program provides funding for New York land trust's through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, offers training opportunities for land trust boards and staff, and advocates for conservation incentives and funding in the state capital.
If you are a land trust working in New York, please contact the New York Office in Saratoga Springs or visit our New York Program Homepage for more information on the Alliance's programming in New York.
10 Front Street, Suite 203
Collinsville, CT 06019
Kevin Case, Northeast Director| -860-324-6825
New York Office
112 Spring Street, Suite 205
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Land Trust Alliance--State Service Center for New York