Monitoring & Assessment

All TRCA properties, regardless of the intensity of public use, require annual inspection.

Picture on left shows a backpack with a gps device, picture on right shows an trail accessibility assessment device.

The Monitoring & Assessment team undertakes inventories to identify encroachments, illegal dumping, inappropriate uses, trail hazards, property fencing, trail conditions, and security and safety issues. This information is used by the Planning & Consultation team to develop management and master plans, and by the Operations team to determine where maintenance is needed.

Through this program, TRCA identifies, maps and assesses property features such as:

  • Trails
  • Signage
  • Public access locations
  • Encroachments
  • Unauthorized activities such as motorized vehicles and waste dumping
  • Hazardous trees
  • Other public safety hazards on TRCA lands

Accessibility of Conservation Lands

TRCA determines the accessibility of trails by using the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP). The HETAP allows for accessibility factors (slope, cross-slope, width, length and surface material) to be measured and presented in a manner that is informative and easy for trail visitors to understand.

In 2015, Markham Social profiled TRCA’s accessibility auditing process.