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Trail Management

Liability and Rail-Trails in Pennsylvania

By: Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy FACT SHEET
May 1, 2007

Liability and Rail-Trails in PennsylvaniaDownload

New trail managers are often concerned that managing a trail will expose them to liability for trail-user injuries, or worry about the high cost of purchasing insurance to protect from potential lawsuits. However, trail managers have a number of legal protections that limit their exposure to liability. As a result of these legal tools, when coupled with sound risk management practices, liability concerns should not normally be an impediment to the development or management of a trail.

This fact sheet was prepared by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in May 2007 with funding in part from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Growing Greener Fund.

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