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posted Apr 5, 2019
Federal Highway Administration
A report on the use and benefits of Federal Recreational Trails Program funds across the United States.
posted Mar 27, 2019
The State of Victoria’s Guidelines for Trail Planning, Design and Management aims at “development of exceptional trail experiences. A useful feature is a trail planning and design checklist. The book also covers management models, marketing and brand- ing, community and stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and review.
posted Feb 15, 2019
Bruce Trail Conservancy
This manual explains the duties of the Landowner Relations Director for the Bruce Trail and suggests some of the best and most effective ways to carry them out. A Landowner Relations Director is fundamental to the success of securing a permanent corridor for the Trail.
Mendocino Land Trust
The most important part of the planning process is building relationships with the people affected by the proposed trail and its potential users.
North Country National Scenic Trail
As we forge ahead building new trail each year, particularly on private land, how will we make sure the trail and the surrounding area are enjoyed into future generations?
posted Jan 10, 2019
Oregon State Parks
The plan addresses five important demographic and societal changes facing outdoor recreation providers in the coming years including:
1. An aging population;
2. An increasingly diverse population;
3. Lack of youth engagement in outdoor recreation;
4. An underserved low-income population; and
5. The health benefits of physical activity.
posted Nov 5, 2018
Parks and Trails New York
The 44-page guide covers the key topics: Getting organized, Going public, Trail planning, Integrating natural values and recreational use, and Landowner issues and concerns. This is a joint publication of Parks & Trails New York and Hudson River Valley Greenway to encourage successful trail projects at the local level.
The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is an important part of the Empire State Trail, providing a key link between the Capital Region and the Mid-Hudson Valley. Since the trail is being developed along electrical utility lines, this plan incorporates design guidelines addressing safety and operational concerns.
posted Sep 6, 2018
posted Aug 1, 2018
American Trails Staff
A few resources on public access to private land. Always check with your local planning department for zoning requirements.
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The Land and Water Conservation Fund is credited as funding the Big Dry Creek Trail in Westminster, Colorado
The Cache la Poudre River Trail in Greeley, Colorado received funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Colorado Lottery, both through the state trails program
A newer style of sign boldly proclaiming the Colorado Lottery funding source on Cherry Creek Trail in Denver, Colorado
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The Acorn Group
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