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published Jan 1, 2004
A wide variety of tools are available to layout, construct, and maintain trails. Local and individual preferences often dictate the kinds of tools which are chosen for various tasks.
posted Sep 25, 2019
Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service
Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.
published Sep 5, 2019
Bill Hasenjaeger with Trail Boss
Trail Boss™ innovative new packable rock bar expands digging tools from dirt to rock
These are the most commonly used grubbing and raking tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.
These are the most commonly used Lifting and Hauling Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.
published Oct 1, 1998
USDA Forest Service,
Federal Highway Administration
The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) was asked to find a good way to maintain a 40-mile (64-k) motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) trail on the Francis Marion National Forest in coastal South Carolina. Heavy use leaves a washboard surface that progresses to mounds and gullies several feet across. These are called "whoop-de-doos," and trail users find them both unpleasant and unsafe.
published Apr 1, 1998
USDA Forest Service
This case study shows how the Seward Ranger District on the Chugach National Forest uses mountain bikes.
Though the bulk of trail work involves the use of hand tools, there are occasions where power tools are more efficient.
These are the most commonly used Miscellaneous Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.
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