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published Dec 5, 2019

Trail Maintenance Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

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


published Nov 15, 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.


published Nov 12, 2019

San Jose, California has Released their 2019 Trail Count

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

San Jose has released their 13th annual Trail Count, a report which helps them study trail use in the area and determine how they are meeting the needs of their trail users.


published Oct 17, 2019

The Keys to Making Ambitious Trail Partnerships Work

by Back Country Horsemen of America

Organizations working together can tackle problems and issues that are too large for single organizations to handle.


published Sep 25, 2019

Horsepower: Where it all Started

by Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service

Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.


published Sep 17, 2019

The Future of Trails: Volunteers

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Outdoor recreation is an $887 billion industry that is, in many ways, built on the backs of volunteers.


published Sep 12, 2019

In the Path of Fire

by American Trails Staff

Rebuilding Trails After the Carr Fire in California.


published Aug 30, 2019

Guidance for Managing Informal Trails

by Jeff Marion with U.S. Geological Survey

A great how-to for developing educational programs and plans for managing, maintaining, and improving informal trails


published Aug 28, 2019

Why You Might Consider Conservation Corps on Your Next Trail Project

by Hannah Traverse with The Corps Network

Why trail managers often engage Conservation Corps on maintenance projects, and why you might see more Corps on our trails.


published Aug 19, 2019

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Restores State’s Flood and Fire-Damaged Trails

by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Particularly in the aftermath of disaster, volunteers are vital to the success of keeping public lands, parks, and trails open and well-maintained for generations to come.


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posted Feb 26, 2020

NRT Ambassador Program

American Trails is seeking motivated volunteer Trail Ambassadors that are willing to visit as many of the National Recreation Trails in their region as possible to gather data and identify issues on these great trails.


posted Feb 24, 2020

Emerging Trail Leaders

The Emerging Trail Leaders Program immerses young leaders in learning best practices and trends in the trails profession to help pave the path to careers in natural resource management.


posted Feb 19, 2020

Threats to Trails


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Ozark Highlands Trail Association

Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Ozark Highlands Trail Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1981 to build, maintain, and enjoy the Ozark Highlands Trail.


PO Box 4065, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702-4065
[email protected]

Baldwin Park Trails

Onondaga, Michigan

Volunteers and supporters of the nature trails within Baldwin Park, Onondaga, Mi.


4999 Onondaga Rd., Onondaga, Michigan 49264
[email protected]

Bureau of Land Management - Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Under the Midnight Sun of summer and the northern lights of winter, BLM Alaska is a land full of promise – 70 million acres of mountains, wetlands, and tundra for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


222 W 7th Avenue #13, Anchorage, Alaska 99513
(907) 271-5960

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