Watch Part I and Part II of the Universal Trail Assessment Training by Carole Fraser, in partnership with Saratoga PLAN.

As former Universal Access Coordinator for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Carole Fraser’s work as an advocate, educator and mentor helped to make the natural environment accessible throughout the state of New York.

What is the Universal Trail Assessment Process?

The Universal Trail Assessment Process provides trail users with detailed information on the specific, actual conditions and usability of an environment.

Trail assessments collect data related to the slope and cross slope of trails, point out distances between bench locations, list surface composition and much more. This information is them compiled and can be used by trail visitors to determine whether a PLAN nature preserve meets their needs.

Who assesses the trails?

Phase I of the project involves training interested volunteers in how to conduct a proper assessment, use tools for accurate measurements and record and disseminate the data collected.  Phase II will include field work, recording, and disseminating data.


Presentation begins around the 6:00 mark.



Presentation begins around the 4:00 mark.


Questions about the presentations? Want more information possible UTAP volunteer opportunities? Contact Carole Fraser at