Build Sustainable Trails That Last 100 Years (presentation)

How to create a sustainable trail that is designed to last into the next century.

by Michael Osborne, Park Manager, Five Rivers MetroParks


The challenges of balancing ecological protection, physical management and social demands on natural surface hiking, equestrian, mountain biking and multi-use trails can be overwhelming. However, it is possible to meet these challenges by creating sustainable trails that are designed to last into the next century.

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About the Author

Michael Osborne is a Park Manager with Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton, Ohio. In his 11 years with MetroParks, he has worked as a Park and Trail Technician and Park Manager, helping to develop, build and maintain the 29 mile Twin Valley Backpacking Trail and worked in design, construction and repair throughout MetroParks' 75 miles of hiking trails and 30 miles of Equestrian Trails. He's conducted staff, public and volunteer design and construction trainings and sits on the Strategic Trails Initiative Committee. Now, serving as Chairman of the Trails Manual Sub-Committee, he helped develop Five Rivers MetroParks Trail Design and Maintenance Standards Manual. He an avid outdoorsman and Scout leader with over 45 years’ experience hiking and camping across the United States.

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