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published Aug 2004
Roger Moore with North Carolina State University
This synthesis is intended to establish a baseline of the current state of knowledge and practice and to serve as a guide for trail managers and researchers.
published Feb 2016
In the USA, sales and use of “fat bikes” (bicycles with 75–120 mm-wide tires) have increased dramatically in the past five years. These bikes are designed to open new terrain to cyclists, including snow-covered trails and softer ground surfaces impossible to ride with a standard mountain bike. In this paper, we discuss the extent and possible trends of fat bike use, potential impacts, conflicts and land management approaches.
published Jun 2016
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
The definitive guide for the planning, designing, constructing, managing and maintaining Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails
published Jul 2020
Contributing author and equine trail expert Lora Goerlich shares her thoughts on why leash laws need to be taken seriously.
published May 2020
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
Recently American Trails conducted a survey of the trails community to find out how this pandemic has impacted trail projects, funding, volunteer work, and more. We also talked to trail users and medical professionals to get their perspective on what they would like to see from the outdoor recreation industry in response to COVID-19.
The 3-mile long Kalaupapa Trail is the only access point in and out of the remote community of Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. When a land-slide took out an old aluminum bridge, cutting off this access point, park officials looked to an FRP bridge for its light weight, corrosion resistance, and design flexibility.
published Mar 2020
The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in widespread social distancing measures across the United States, but what does that mean for outdoor recreation? We are bringing you the latest news, updates, and announcements on cancellations, closures, alternative recreation experiences, and more.
published Feb 2020
USDA Forest Service
The Trail Challenge is a “call to action” for all of us to work together to achieve a sustainable trail system by increasing our collective capacity to care for trails and by increasing on-the-ground results through shared stewardship of trails.
OHV recreation provides vital funding for all trail types through a fuel tax that funds the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), yet too often there are conflicts between motorized trail users and the broader trail community. American Trails talked to Mathew Giltner of the Silver State Off-Road Alliance in Nevada about the importance of OHV trails, and how we can start bridging communication gaps.
Lois Bachensky with USDA Forest Service
Trails work on federal lands is planned through a maintenance management system.
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Sign direction trail users down dead-end street to continuation of trail in La Conner, Washington
Both motorized and nonmotorized trail activities are allowed on this Ashland, Wisconsin trail. Trail is used for both winter and summer activities.
Trails along tracks in Minneapolis, MN
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R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company Inc. / Pilot Rock
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