Best Practices

NWTA conducts its activities in compliance with local, state, and federal laws, in a safe and equitable manner. NWTA is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our directors, members and volunteers and eliminating unlawful discrimination. All activities must meet the following standards:

Trail building and maintenance

  • The trails managed by NWTA are subject to heavy use, fires, snow load, heavy rainfall, and overgrown vegetation. Together, these conditions can cause trail blockage and/or erosion problems, even on the best designed trails. The annual maintenance and restoration of our trails is an enormous undertaking for NWTA members and volunteers, and the result is a safe, enjoyable, and ecologically friendly recreation experience connecting trail users back to nature.
  • Together, we improve the recreation experience for all trail users while also minimizing the trail’s impact on the environment. Our expert trail designers ensure proper drainage when building or repairing trails, which minimizes sedimentation to nearby surface waters. Our trails are also located away from streams or out of wetland areas, and include perpendicular bridged or rock ford crossings if crossing a stream is necessary.  This effort protects sensitive riparian areas from erosion and trampling.
  • NWTA trail maintenance events must follow event standards.


  • Events must be inclusive and meet the regulatory standards of the location.
  • Events must submit liability waivers for all participants and meet the definitions stated in insurance liability coverage.
  • Events must comply with conduct and equity policy.

Conduct and Equity

The Equity Policy’s purpose is to:

  • Promote fairness and respect among our directors, members and non-member volunteers.
  • Prevent unlawful discrimination due to any protected characteristics of age, ability, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including color, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.

NWTA commits:

  • To appreciate the dignity and worth of all individuals;
  • To invite honest and dynamic discourse on the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • To develop within our own operations and policies a spirit and discipline that encourages equity, diversity and inclusion
  • To nurture an open and welcoming volunteer environment
  • To dismantle structural and cultural barriers to individual achievement.

NWTA takes seriously the complaints of bullying, harassment, hostile behavior, victimization and unlawful discrimination in the course of our organization’s activities. All directors, members, volunteers and visitors should understand that they can be held liable for such acts, which will be dealt with as misconduct under the organization’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures and any appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints will be reviewed by the NWTA Board of Directors and could lead to dismissal of responsibilities without notice or termination of membership, as appropriate.