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posted Mar 13, 2018
Alta Planning + Design
Golf courses, with their large expanses of undeveloped land, can appear to be a tempting place to locate a trail or bikeway in a community seeking to overcome gaps in their trail system.
A brief study of two successful rural trails, one utilizing an active irrigation canal alignment (Calgary to Chestermere Lake) and the other converted from an abandoned rail line (The Iron Horse Trail-Elk Point to Heinsburg).
This report concludes that trail-related liability is primarily a management issue. Laws are in place to protect all parties from unwarranted lawsuits and the rest is up to proper design, maintenance and management.
Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference
An overview trail maintenance used by the New York/NewJersey Trail Conference.
posted Mar 6, 2018
National Park Service
Cairns need care. For the trail user, the message is clear: "Preserve the mountain landscape. Please do not add to or build cairns or other rock objects. Leave the mountain and the rocks as you find them."
Trails are often built in utility corridors of all kinds, from underground pipelines to electric power lines overhead. Over the years some articles have raised concerns, apparently unfounded, about electromagnetic fields (EMF) emanating from power lines. But other factors are more important when managing utility line trails.
posted Mar 5, 2018
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.
Woody Keen with Trail Dynamics
A summary of research and studies on factors that affect trails management strategy and determining uses for each trail.
The County of Cumberland, NJ studied a series of railroad corridors for possible trail use including maintenance responsibilities. The Feasibility Study was written by Campbell Thomas & Co. of Philadelphia, PA.
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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.
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R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company Inc. / Pilot Rock
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