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published Jan 1, 2016

Trail Use and Management of Electric Mountain Bikes: Land Manager Survey Results

by IMBA Trail Solutions

In order to better guide research into the range of potential social and environmental impacts and benefits related to the use of eMTBs on natural surface trails, IMBA and the BPSA are interested in what questions land managers have regarding this new use. The survey explicitly targeted land managers’ experiences and concerns regarding eMTB use on natural surface and/or singletrack trails – not paths or bikeways – although some land managers are responsible for both types of trail infrastructure.


published Dec 1, 2006

Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Training Course

by USDA Forest Service

The Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Training Course is a 16- to 32-hour course for basic to intermediate chain saw and crosscut saw users. The course is designed to provide the technical knowledge and skills that employees or volunteers will need to use these tools safely.


posted Dec 5, 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 Jan 1, 2004

Choosing the Right Tools for Trail Work

by Jim Schmid

A wide variety of tools are available to layout, construct, and maintain trails. Local and individual preferences often dictate the kinds of tools which are chosen for various tasks.


published Sep 5, 2019

Packable Rock Bar is a First

by Bill Hasenjaeger with Trail Boss

Trail Boss™ innovative new packable rock bar expands digging tools from dirt to rock


published Jan 1, 2004

11 Key Trail Tools for Grubbing and Raking

by Jim Schmid

These are the most commonly used grubbing and raking tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.


published Jan 1, 2004

8 Most Used Trail Tools for Lifting and Hauling

by Jim Schmid

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


posted Jun 20, 2019

Counting Trail Users

by Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.

Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.


posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - C. Tools for a broader view

by American Trails Staff

Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.


published Oct 1, 1998

Off-Highway Vehicle Trail and Road Grading Equipment

by USDA Forest Service, Federal Highway Administration

The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) was asked to find a good way to maintain a 40-mile (64-k) motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) trail on the Francis Marion National Forest in coastal South Carolina. Heavy use leaves a washboard surface that progresses to mounds and gullies several feet across. These are called "whoop-de-doos," and trail users find them both unpleasant and unsafe.


Results from the Business Directory


Trail Services LLC

Bangor, Maine

Selling tools and supplies to build and maintain trails.


15 Westwood Road, Bangor, Maine 04401
(207) 947-2723 • [email protected]

John Deere

Moline, Illinois

Since our founding in 1837, John Deere has delivered products and services to support those linked to the land. Read about our past, what we learn from it, and how we use it to improve every day.


One John Deer Place, Moline, Illinois 61265

Contour Trail Design Company

Knoxville, Tennessee

Trail design and construction multi-use and GIS services.


3606 Kesterwood Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
(865) 719-5111 • [email protected]

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