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posted Mar 18, 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.
posted Feb 19, 2020
Lois Bachensky with USDA Forest Service
Trails work on federal lands is planned through a maintenance management system.
posted Jan 14, 2020
Encouraging different types of users to share the trail is just as important on urban trails as it is on backcountry trails.
posted Dec 30, 2019
American Trails Staff
Specific skills used in management of trails and greenways: facility management; urban trail and bike/ped management; visitor management.
posted Dec 10, 2019
American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich celebrates Trail Warriors-- park rangers, naturalists, maintenance workers, and staff-- who understand and care about real and sustainable trail access.
posted Aug 14, 2019
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
Let’s face it. Motorized, equestrian, biking, and hiking users do not always get along. When conflicts inevitably arise, what do we do, and how can we avoid it in the first place?
posted Aug 8, 2019
Excess rain negatively impacted trail conditions and access to parks across the country. Flooded, muddy, impassable trails lingered for nearly four months, creating an impatient, ridged mindset in our perceived need to get on the trails. MUD… multiple, long stretches of quaggy, slippery mud with or without standing water were present longer than normal. We expect mud in the spring, but not for four months.
posted Apr 11, 2019
North Country National Scenic Trail
The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.
posted Jan 10, 2019
Council of Bay Area Resource Conservation Districts
This guide provides practical management information to San Francisco Bay Area horse owners on what they can do to help protect the environment. Whether a horse owner has one animal or operates a boarding facility, all equestrians play an important role in assuring that our watersheds are healthy and our creeks clean. Because of increasing pressures from human activity, all potential sources of environmental pollution are under critical scrutiny. Pollution can come from either point sources (e.g., a specific manufacturing plant) or nonpoint sources (e.g., livestock throughout a ranch).
posted Nov 5, 2018
Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
Maricopa County (AZ) has put together a comprehensive guide to best practices in trail planning, construction, and maintenance. The 99-page guide includes Planning Objectives for a variety of trail types, motorized as well as nonmotorized. Barrier-free trails are
also discussed, along with vegetation management, signs and wayfinding, and many more details of trail development and sustainable maintenance.
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