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Designing Sustainable Trails and Embankments with Porous Pavements, Stabilized Slopes and Green Walls Presented by Cory Schneider

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Trails and greenways play a vital role in communities by preserving and creating open spaces for low or no-cost outdoor recreation. Trails designed with permeable surfaces rather than traditional concrete or asphalt allow for better environmental and stormwater management. Since recreational trails can be designed for a wide range of uses, including motorized and non-motorized traffic, it’s important to utilize a solution that is durable and flexible. In this webinar, we will explore a variety of soil stabilization and porous pavement products that can be tailored to the needs of individual projects—including those with hard-to-access areas and stormwater concerns. Multiple types of infill and anchoring methods allow for project customization, resulting in low-maintenance and attractive trails for years to come.

Trail embankment stabilization is another consideration when designing recreational trails. The embankments may be part of the existing natural terrain or result from cuts made to accommodate the construction of the new trails. Depending on embankment steepness, the GEOWEB® 3D system can be used to stabilize slopes with single-layer protection or near-vertical, tiered retaining walls with a vegetated fascia. GEOWEB green slopes and walls protect against erosion, reduce stormwater runoff, and create a natural environment for sustainable vegetation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals of successful trail design and construction to reduce degradation caused by traffic and natural elements.
  • Learn how different trail uses can affect the design and installation of a trail.
  • Learn how trails can be built through wetlands and protected areas with minimal environmental impact. • Know what types of products are appropriate for projects with unique conditions. Learn how to ensure embankments along trails remain stable.
  • Learn how the GEOWEB system can protect against erosive forces and reduce stormwater runoff.
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