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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.
posted May 30, 2018
Trails work on federal lands is planned through a maintenance management system.
Karen Umphress with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
So what makes a trail wholly sustainable? According to Tom Crimmins there are four keys aspects: Resource Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, Experience Sustainability, and Political Sustainability
posted Feb 6, 2018
Tim Poole with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Northeast Regional Office
In about two decades, rail-trails have risen from obscurity to become highly valued amenities for many American communities. Rail-trails preserve natural and cultural resources and provide both residents and tourists with attractive
places to recreate and safe routes to their destinations.
posted Jan 24, 2018
Federal Highway Administration,
USDA Forest Service
An updated edition of the "Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook" first released in 1996.
posted Jan 16, 2018
Trails for All Ontarians Collaborative
The Ontario Trails Strategy describes our vision for trails in Ontario and recognizes the many benefits of trails for health and prosperity and highlights the importance of environmental protection.
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