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published Oct 2020
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
In August of 2020 American Trails held a webinar called "Balancing Recreational Area Use with Homelessness and Vagrancy." This webinar discussed how the city of Modesto, California dealt with the challenge of homelessness and vagrancy in their parks and trails. These are some key takeaways from the webinar.
published Sep 2020
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Use this library of resources, articles, and trainings to create an army of effective trail stewards.
Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC
Responsible equestrians should actively protect trees and other park structures when out on the trail. Equine expert Lora Goerlich gives her take on this topic.
published Jan 2009
The purpose of this research was to examine the outcomes prompting hiking along the Appalachian Trail (AT).
published Aug 2020
American Trails Staff
Over the last two years American Trails has worked with Active Strategies to find out how we can best serve the trail community. These are the results.
published Jul 2020
Wayfinding signs are the perfect way to easily communicate with trail users and keep them safe and oriented on the trail.
Contributing author and equine trail expert Lora Goerlich shares her thoughts on why leash laws need to be taken seriously.
published Jun 2020
It likely comes as little surprise that our trails community does not currently include the full spectrum of people it could. Charles Thomas, executive director of Outward Bound Adventures, is the Obi Wan of JEDI Trail Knights with 40 years of experience bringing more diversity to our trails. At the 2019 International Trails Symposium he spoke about the understanding and motivation to help make trails a transformative place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
published May 2020
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.
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