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published Dec 2019

BioSpan Creates Environmental Green Non-Toxic Chemical Products for Paving and More

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

An interview with Dr. Sheldon Chesky, President & CEO of BioSpan


posted Dec 17, 2019

Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices

Best practices for trail design planning, construction, and management in undeveloped natural areas and connecting to urban edge settings.


published Dec 2019

Mile Markers and Distance Signs Along Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Mileage can be marked off on signs, posts, stones, or stencils on the pavement.


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 2019

National Recreation Trail (NRT) Signs are Making a Splash

Over the last few months we have distributed hundreds of NRT signs to trails all over America.


published Dec 2019

National Scenic and Historic Trails Training Needs Assessment

by Elvin Clapp with Bureau of Land Management

Survey of skills and competencies to assist in developing a national training strategy for National Scenic and Historic Trails


published Dec 2019

Trail Construction Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in trails and greenways work: construction of trails; construction of various trail elements; construction of trailheads and related facilities.


published Dec 2019

Trail Design Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in trails and greenways work: layout of trails; design for different trail activities; types of trails.


published Dec 2019

Recreational Trails Program Highlight: Connecting and Completing the Catamount Trail

The project to complete the Catamount Trail, located in Oregon's Silver Falls State Park, was awarded $145,925.00 in Recreational Trails Funds in the year 2016.


published Nov 2019

The Nature of Trail Aesthetics

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trailshaping is a system of understanding in which simple, everyday forces shape (generate) the big picture, details, and nuances of all trails and all trail types, as well as context-specific trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management.


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Lifetime Outdoor, Inc.

Wycliffe, British Columbia, Canada

Specialized trail builders in sensitive terrain and technical mountainous terrain, complex back country logistics, and bike parks.


Wycliffe, British Columbia, Canada
(250) 427-0877 • [email protected]

Headwater Environmental, Inc.

Asheville, North Carolina

Headwater Environmental is an environmental consulting firm specializing in transactional due diligence, with offices in Wilmington and Asheville, NC.


43 College Place, Suite 212, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 577-9441 • [email protected]

Conservation by Design

Prescott, Arizona

Here at Conservation By Design, we specialize in interpretive projects for land management agencies and their partners—from visitor center exhibits to interpretive trailside settings, and from brochures to wayside panels...


2220 E Calvary Lane, Prescott, Arizona 86301
(928) 776-0447 • [email protected]

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