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published Mar 11, 2020

Know What's Underground for Safe Trail Work

Trail building and installing sign posts can lead to accidental damage to buried pipelines and cables. Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center.


published Nov 1, 2011

Okanogan Trail Construction Tackles Difficult Ajax Section of Arizona Trail

Completing the Arizona Trail required careful planning and technical construction of the Ajax Section through a rocky canyon.


published May 1, 1995

Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas: 2008 Edition

Guidelines for use of Geosynthetic materials in trail construction.


published Sep 1, 2000

Soil Stabilizers On Universally Accessible Trails

For the past several years, national forests around the country have been looking for ways to make areas more universally accessible, while maintaining a natural appearance that is not as distracting as concrete, asphalt, boardwalks, and other obviously manmade pathways.


posted May 23, 2018

What’s Under Foot? Multi-use Trail Surfacing Options

Key criteria in arriving at a recommended trail surface.


published Mar 1, 2007

Pathways to Trail Building

The intent of this 4th edition of a Tennessee Recreation Trails Manual is to help understand the dynamics of designing and building non-motorized trails.


published Sep 1, 2001

Technical Aspects of Asphalt Trail Design

A Guideline for the Design and Construction of Asphalt Pavements for Colorado Trails and Path



published Nov 1, 2005

Green Threads in the Urban Fabric

by Stuart Macdonald

A comprehensive look at the elements of greenways and their benefits to communities.


published Jan 1, 2004

Trail Tools: Digging and Tamping Tools

by Jim Schmid

These are the most commonly used Digging and Tamping Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.


Results from the Business Directory


W.D Enterprises

Arenas Valley, New Mexico

28 years of experience building wilderness, municipal, private trails, and quality stonework.


58 Elias Rd., Arenas Valley, New Mexico 88022
(575) 313-7475 • [email protected]

ConsultEcon, Inc.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

ConsultEcon provides economic, feasibility, management and planning services to non-profit organizations, public agencies and private businesses.


545 Concord Avenue, Suite 210, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 547-0100 • [email protected]

Sierra Trail Works

Reno, Nevada

Sierra Trail Works offers planning, layout, design and construction services for recreational trails and bike parks in Nevada.


PO Box 14952, Reno, Nevada 89507
(775) 233-5419 • [email protected]

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