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published Mar 2018

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s Sustainable Trails Program

Developing a more uniform, systematic and data-driven process to set capital construction and maintenance priorities was vital to ensure funding is going to the highest priority projects.


published Feb 2018

2017 NRT Photo Contest Winners

by American Trails Staff

American Trails sponsors the annual Photo Contest for designated National Recreation Trails. In celebration of these great trails we are presenting awards in several categories to highlight the diversity of NRTs, from backcountry trails to urban greenways. Here are our picks from the 275 entries for 2017.


published Feb 2018

Operations, Maintenance, and Stewardship 101

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.

It's not as glamorous as building the trail. There is no ribbon cutting for a maintenance program and seldom does upkeep win a national award. Yet, operations, maintenance, and stewardship are essential to the safe use, enjoyment, and long-term success of any trail.


published Feb 2018

IMBA Trail Labs: Training to Spur Trail Development

by Katherine Fuller with International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Is your community the next great mountain biking community? What does it mean to embrace bicycles on natural-surface trails and how do community leaders and land managers get started?


published Aug 2003

Design and Management for Backcountry Horse Trails

by Jim Murphy with Back Country Horsemen of America

Trail conflict occurs: among different user groups, among different users within the same group, and as a result of factors not related to a users' trail activities.


published Jan 2018

How Accessible Recreation Facilities Benefit Everyone

by R. Brian Kermeen with USDA Forest Service

Like most areas managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the central Sierra Nevada has steep and mountainous terrain. Most of our facilities evolved over time or were designed 30 years ago with no consideration for the needs of persons with disabilities.


published Sep 2001

Wetland Trail Design and Construction

by Federal Highway Administration

This manual describes the common techniques for building a wetland trail.


published Aug 1996

Stock-Drawn Equipment for Trail Work

by USDA Forest Service

Locating replacement parts for the stock-drawn hillside plows of yesteryear.


published Sep 2000

Conservation Ethics Guiding The Goethe Trail

by Helen Koehler

The Goethe Trail is part of Florida's Greenways and Trails System which is a combination of Federal, state, local and privately owned lands. While each parcel is unique, they collectively help to preserve and protect Florida's natural, cultural and historic resources.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Designing Shared-Use Trails to Include Equestrians

by Anne M. O’Dell

A presentation on consideration for shared-use trails involving equestrians.