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published Aug 17, 2018

Low water stream crossings for trails and greenways

by Stuart Macdonald

Low water crossings are designed to allow normal flow under the trail, and to be over-topped during seasonal floods.


published Aug 13, 2018

Constructing bicycle trails in conjunction with Interstate Highway construction projects

by American Trails Staff

Examples of bike trails and bike paths that have been built by state departments of transportation


published Mar 2, 2015

FAQ: When and where to use blazes or markers

by American Trails Staff

Best practices for blaze marking along trails


published Jun 1, 2007

A Tale of a Trail: Boardwalks for Woodinville

Developing a trails plan for Rotary Community Park/Little Bear Creek that includes boardwalks through environmentally sensitive area.


published Mar 9, 2009

Braille trail building and renovation

by American Trails Staff

Braille trails and sensory gardens offer sustainable and accessible ways to safely experience the outdoors and provide opportunities to interact with nature.


published Oct 7, 2011

FAQ: Vegetation under boardwalks

by American Trails Staff

Avoiding plant growth


published Dec 31, 2015

FAQ: Slippery boardwalks and bridges

by American Trails Staff

Recommendations for anti-slip on wood surfaces.



published May 13, 2011

FAQ: Constructing an air station inflator on bike trails

by American Trails Staff

Bicycle repair stations can now be purchased from several vendors.


published Feb 21, 2012

FAQ: Constructing a 10' bike trail without having to relocate power poles

by American Trails Staff

What can you do when a proposed bike trail encounters obstacles such as power poles.


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BCS America

Oregon City, Oregon

The mission of BCS America is to increase your productivity and reduce the physical effort required to accomplish your outdoor tasks and projects.


14151 Fir Street, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
(800) 543-1040 • [email protected]

Asphalt Systems, Inc.

Salt Lake City, Utah

For over 40 years, ASI has provided consultation on how to significantly extend the life of asphalt pavements on airfields and roads around the world.


PO Box 25511 | 2775 West 1500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84125
(801) 487-0706 • [email protected]

Michael D Shields Consulting

Palmer, Alaska

Technical consulting and training in trail design, layout, construction, maintenance, and the related fields of terrain dynamics, rock and soil mechanics, bridge design, backcountry rigging, trail contracting, controlled...


PO Box 4787, Palmer, Alaska 99645
(907) 746-2515 • [email protected]

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