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Equipment and technology transfers that help get work done on the ground.
by J. Scott Groenier, PE, Project Leader, Structures, USDA Forest Service, Robert Wetherell, Recreation Program Leader, USDA Forest Service, Janet Zeller, National Accessibility Program Manager, USDA Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program has supported the Forest Service Trails Program for many years with equipment and technology transfer that help get work done on the ground. In partnership with FHWA, our results are available to everyone. We have several newly-completed and on-going projects to tell you about, including the new Accessibility Guide For Outdoor Recreation and Trails (AGORT), New U.S. Forest Service Standard Trail Drawings and Specifications, Hands-On Log Cabin Restoration Guide, Single Track Trail Groomer, Stopping Sight Distance For OHV’s And Snowmobiles, Effects Of All-Terrain Vehicles On Forested Lands And Grasslands, and much more. This session will introduce you to these products, and tell you how to obtain the reports and DVDs at no cost.
Let’s talk about grubbing and raking tools! You might have heard the term grubbing before, but if you’re new to trail building, it may be unfamiliar. Grubbing is when you are removing earth and topsoil. Basically digging into the first while removing vegetation in the process. Trail builders may also call this process hogging.
There are a few options for striking tools that you may see out on a project. Some like the sledge hammer will be seen more, while others may only be pulled out for special projects.
Tools for Trails discusses the importance of the right tools for every job.
A compilation of best practices and guidelines for the planning, design, construction, and management of your trail employing sustainable design.