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American Trails is proud to present "The Art of Sustainable Trail Management" as a part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"

 

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Webinar: The Art of Sustainable Trail Management

Presented June 28, 2012 by Tony Boone Trails, LLC

 

Learn the basics behind developing and managing natural surface, share-used trail systems.The webinar is geared primarily towards beginning and intermediate level trailbuilders: including volunteers, agency staff, and professional trail crews. See details below...

 

arrow You can purchase the archived version of this webinar via the American Trails Online Store

 

MORE RESOURCES for SUSTAINABLE TRAIL Design and Management

arrow See QUESTIONS and ANSWERS from webinar on Sustainable Trail Design

 

American Trails resources page for building trails and greenways: design guidelines,
construction techniques, materials, trail surfacing, signage, trailheads, and facilities
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/trailbuilding/index.html
 
American Trails new “Resources for Trail Professionals” web portal
http://www.americantrails.org/defaultProf.html
 
Tony Boone Trails, LLC
http://www.tonyboonetrails.com
 
Read Tony's article: "Sharing our love of dirt: trail building in the Philippines"
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/opinion/Philippines-trails-Tony-Boone.html
 
Video on sustainable trail design for multi-use trails (by Tony Boone)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPuR10Hdl4Y
 
Books on trailbuilding: Trail Solutions: IMBA’s Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack and Managing Mountain Biking: IMBA’s Guide to Providing Sweet Riding
http://www.imba.com/resources/trail-building
 
Hugh Duffy, National Park Service, Denver Service Center in Guide to Sustainable Mountain Trails: Trail Assessment, Planning & Design Sketchbook, 2007 [scroll down to 2007 documents]; originally published in the Colorado State Trails Newsletter in 1991 as Developing Sustainable Mountain Trail Corridors: An Overview
 
Standard Specifications for Construction and Maintenance of Trails
(USDA Forest Service)
http://www.fs.fed.us/database/acad/dev/trails/trailsold.htm
 
Mountain Bicycle Trail Design Parameters / Trail Difficulty Ratings

 

IMBA & USFS VIDEOS (based on IMBA books)

Building Mountain Bike Trails - USDA Forest Service 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxTM3iuRzZk&feature=related

Punchline Trail in the Croy Creek Trail System
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnpjRxI8p9s

IMBA's Trail Solutions team, Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, AL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0JyrlRDwKA
 
See the National Trails Training Partnership calendar for currently scheduled training opportunities...

Presenters for the Webinar: “The Art of Sustainable Trail Management:”

Tony Boone, Tony Boone Trails, LLC · tony.boone@imba.com ~ www.tonyboonetrails.com ~ (719) 221-3421

Candace Mitchell, American Trails · trailhead@americantrails.org ~ www.americantrails.org ~ (530) 547-2060

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Chinese farmers, our Trek/IMBA trail crew in Chengdu, Sichuan, China

 

 

The presenter is Tony Boone, a professional trail contractor with an extensive background in high adventure outdoor pursuits and cultural resource management.

Read Tony's article: "Sharing our love of dirt: trail building in the Philippines."

The goals of sustainable trail design are to keep users and soil on the trail, while keeping water off the trail, and leaving a net positive environmental impact when creating new trails.

Learn the details of Tony's 10 Guidelines for Sustainable Trail Planning Design, Construction & Maintenance:

1. Average Trail Grades
2. Maximum Tread Grades
3. Relationship of the Trail to Sideslope
4. Managing Water through Rolling Contour Design
5. Understanding Soils and Climate
6. Getting into the Head of Users
7. Understanding Control Points
8. Balancing Nature & Human Impacts
9. Creating Synergistic Partnerships
10. Understanding weak links and the big picture!

What is Trail Sustainability?

"Sustainability of backcountry trail corridors is defined as the ability of the travel surface to support current and anticipated appropriate uses with minimal impact to the adjoining natural systems and cultural resources. Sustainable trails have negligible soil loss or movement and allow the naturally occurring plant systems to inhabit the area, while allowing for the occasional pruning and removal of plants necessary to build and maintain the trail. If well-designed, built, and maintained, a sustainable trail minimizes braiding, seasonal muddiness and erosion. It should not normally affect natural fauna adversely nor require re-routing and major maintenance over long periods of time."
– Hugh Duffy, National Park Service, Denver Service Center in Guide to Sustainable Mountain Trails: Trail Assessment, Planning & Design Sketchbook, 2007; originally published in the Colorado State Trails Newsletter in 1991 as Developing Sustainable Mountain Trail Corridors: An Overview.


Presenter for the Webinar: “The Art of Sustainable Trail Management:”

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Tony Boone flagging trail through
timber bamboo on Mt. Isarog
in the Philippines

In 25 years, Tony Boone has passionately led crews in sculpting over 800 kilometers of shared-use and purpose-built trails for mountain bicyclists of all ages and abilities around the world. His experience includes professional trail building companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. His passion is creating sustainable, kinesthetically, and aesthetically diverse trails that mountain bikers love to ride.

He is highly skilled on the utilization and training of state-of-the-art trail technology like the Sutter 500 Trail Dozer, SWECO 480 Trail Dozer, miniature/micro excavators, loaders, tracked carriers, ATV rakes & harrows, hydraulic & gas powered drilling, and blasting with Magnum Blaster. Tony is a pioneer in the evolution and art of creating sustainable, machine-built trails for mountain bikers.

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Master Trailbuilding Class students in Hong Kong
learning how to "shoot the clino"

 

Tony’s accomplishments include: establishing the first mountain bike patrol in Colorado in 1989, training eight IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crews (1997-2011), inspiring the IMBA Trail Solutions Program (2001), and assisting with both IMBA books (Trail Solutions: IMBA’s Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack and Managing Mountain Bikes: IMBA’s Guide to Providing Great Riding). He has been an active member of the Professional Trail Builders Association and American Trails since 1995. His primary focus since 2010 has been assisting IMBA develop their international markets and creating the next generation of kinesthetically diverse “flow-based” tracks.

Tony’s current experience with his own company, Tony Boone Trails, LLC based in Salida, CO, includes partnering with IMBA and Trek China in planning, designing, and constructing the first professionally built trail system for mountain bikers in Chengdu, China. He conducted numerous site visits for bike parks in Sichuan and Hebei provinces. Tony also partnered with IMBA AU and Sutter Equipment to import the first trail dozer to Australia and provide demonstrations of dozer-built flow trails in New South Wales, Victoria, and S. Australia. Other projects include planning, designing, and constructing purpose-built trails for riders in Hong Kong, Philippines, and the US (Colorado, Idaho & Alabama). Tony has also conducted IMBA Trailbuilding Schools and Master Trailbuilder Courses.

arrow You can purchase the archived version of this webinar via the American Trails Online Store

 

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