The AHET is a 36-mile bicycling and pedestrian “rail-trail“ from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties on an actively used National Grid owned right of way. Trail
This plan provides a detailed list of required trail maintenance activities, including the frequency of each task. Routine maintenance needs for the Trail are modest. The largest item is mowing a narrow 3 to 4-foot strip of grass along both sides of the trail and designated parking areas during the growing season. Similarly, weed whacking (with hand-held string 4 trimmers) will be required several times each year around benches, fences, signposts, and other amenities. Other needs include removing the occasional branch or tree that falls onto the trail and addressing any dumping of trash or litter (to the extent it occurs).
The plan provides two frequencies – “Required” versus “Enhanced” – for maintenance activities. For example, the grass margins and lawn areas along the trail should be mowed at least four times per year. However, an enhanced schedule of mowing every two weeks during the growing season is ideal (total of 10 times per year), if staffing resources are available.
Published December 30, 2019
Permeable Pavers provide stable, low-impact pathway through Rookery Bay Research Reserve.
The Bay Trail Project is a nonprofit organization administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) that plans, promotes and advocates for the implementation of a continuous 500-mile bicycling and hiking path around San Francisco Bay. Two of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Bay Trail: “When will it be done?” and “How much will it cost?”
A 1986 study from the USFS on backcountry management costs.
Trails are more than simply lines on a map, a form of transportation or route to destinations. Trails are an experience. Engaging trails systems provide a sense of unique place, highlight natural topography and attract outdoor-based tourism. A vast and varied experience hooks trails users and leaves them wanting to return for more exploration. This tool kit offers suggestions for building destination-worthy trail systems.