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published Feb 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.


published May 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 Jan 2019

FAQ: Do the low stream crossings for trails and greenways conform to accessibility guidelines?

by American Trails Staff

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


published Oct 2011

FAQ: Effect of Boardwalks on Vegetation and Wildlife

by American Trails Staff

Reducing impacts to vegetation and wildlife under boardwalks


published May 2018

FAQ: Is asphalt a good choice for a trail surface?

by American Trails Staff

Asphalt deteriorates over time and will require expensive maintenance to keep cracks and weeds and tree roots from making it unusable.


published Jul 2014

FAQ: Is There a Universal Difficulty Rating System for OHV Trails?

by American Trails Staff

Generally there are no difficulty ratings for OHV trails.


published Dec 2015

FAQ: Slippery boardwalks and bridges

by American Trails Staff

Recommendations for anti-slip on wood surfaces.


published Mar 2019

FAQ: Tips and Techniques for using Crusher fines surfacing for trails

by American Trails Staff

Finely crushed rock (crusher fines) is a useful alternative to paving trails that accommodates most trail activities.


published Sep 2013

FAQ: What are the guidelines for constructing an ADA compliant remote access trail path in National Forests?

by American Trails Staff

On September 26th the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s 2013 Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails that updates the agency’s direction on providing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone.


published Mar 2015

FAQ: When and where to use blazes or markers

by American Trails Staff

Best practices for blaze marking along trails


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Varicore Technologies, Inc.

Prinsburg, Minnesota

Varicore Technologies, Inc. is the manufacturer of Multi-Flow Drainage Systems.


15 6th Street, Prinsburg, Minnesota 56281
(800) 978-8007 • [email protected]

Wood Rodgers, Inc.

Sacramento, California

Wood Rodgers, Inc. is a multidisciplinary engineering, planning, surveying, and mapping consulting firm headquartered in Sacramento, California with offices located throughout California and Nevada.


Corporate Offices: 3301 C Street, Bldg 100-B, Sacramento, California 95816
(916) 341-7760 • [email protected]

Barton & Loguidice

Liverpool, New York

Full-service consulting firm that provides services in practice areas that include engineering, environmental science, planning and landscape architecture.


Primary: 443 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York 13088
(800) 724-1070 • [email protected]

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