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published Aug 2022
Trail, Greenway, and Outdoor Recreation Terms
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) Applauds Biden Administration’s Assistance to Communities to Grow Outdoor Recreation Economies
published Nov 2021
Pacific Crest Trail Association
For students with moderate to extensive trail building experience who want to lead trail crews and work
parties. Not a construction techniques class; this is about effective leadership. Students will have classroom and field work in the following topics: work day responsibilities, risk assessment and safety, tool safety and tool talk, leadership and team building, practical experience leading volunteers.
published Mar 2003
Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona
This manual has been written to aid crew leaders working with trail work volunteers. It assumes
the following priorities, in order of importance, for every volunteer trail work event: 1) Safety, 2) Enjoyment, 3) Quality product, 4) Productivity.
published Jan 2022
The Colorado Trail Foundation
As a crew leader you represent the CTF. One of your main jobs is to convey the CTF’s thanks
to the volunteers for their commitment to making and preserving The Colorado Trail as a
Appalachian Mountain Club
Outdoor leadership skills can be developed and improved over time through a combination of self-study,
formal training and experience. Leadership trainings are offered frequently by volunteers and staff of the
AMC. The trainings range from a single day to a weekend. If you are looking for additional training,
the AMC offers several courses each season through the Guided Outdoors program.
American Trails Staff
Please welcome Cathy Corlett to the American Trails team! She joined us full-time in late July 2022 as the Director of Strategic Communications. She is also the new Trail Fund Program Director.
Tools for Trails
Let’s talk about grubbing and raking tools! You might have heard the term grubbing before, but if you’re new to trail building, it may be unfamiliar. Grubbing is when you are removing earth and topsoil. Basically digging into the first while removing vegetation in the process. Trail builders may also call this process hogging.
published Jul 2022
Jeffrey Marion with U.S. Geological Survey
For trails to be considered “sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the environment while minimizing trail maintenance.
Trails research can help support trail management decision-making and funding by providing objective, quantitative information describing trail users, their numbers and demographics, preferences, and economic expenditures.
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Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington
Routed and painted wood sign; Arches National Monument, Moab, Utah
Sign helps users find trail beyond point of interest; Arches National Monument, Moab, Utah
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