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published Dec 5, 2019

Program Administration Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in trails and greenways work: budgeting; developing costs; managing grants and finding programs; managing staff and volunteers; managing projects; identifying funding sources; working with a variety of funding; writing grant proposals;


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.


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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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Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew

Enfield Center, New Hampshire

Formed in 1985, the Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew has a primary focus on maintaining hiking trails on Mount Cardigan and Mount Sunapee in western New Hampshire, while periodically venturing farther afield to ...


PO Box 104, Enfield Center, New Hampshire 03749
[email protected]

The American Canoe Association (ACA)

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protec...


503 Sophia St. Suite 100, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
(540) 907-4460 • [email protected]

City of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Charlottesville, Virginia

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all through the stewardship of public land and parks and to provide quality recreational experiences.


PO Box 911 | Street: 501 E. Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 970-3260 • [email protected]

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