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published Aug 22, 2018

My Public Lands — Middle School Teaching Guide

by Bureau of Land Management

Through this teaching guide, students learn to locate national scenic and historic trails that they can visit with their families. Students also carefully read the inspirational language of the National Trails System Act, which motivates them to explore public lands and highlights the crucial role of volunteers in trail maintenance.


published Oct 7, 2011

FAQ: Vegetation under boardwalks

by American Trails Staff

Avoiding plant growth


published Dec 31, 2015

FAQ: Slippery boardwalks and bridges

by American Trails Staff

Recommendations for anti-slip on wood surfaces.


published Jul 23, 2018

FAQ: Should golf carts be allowed on paved trails in a small community?

by American Trails Staff

Ultimately, this can be an accessibility issue if you want to deal with that.


published Mar 25, 2011

FAQ: How to measure the strength and growth of a trail network

by American Trails Staff

Measuring the benefits and economic development of trails.


published Feb 17, 2011

FAQ: Trash on trails

by American Trails Staff

Solutions to trash on trails


published Jul 2, 2018

Trails of Vernon, New Jersey are a Community Effort

A one hour drive from New York City brings you to the bucolic settings of Vernon, New Jersey nestled in at 435’ above sea level. Vernon provides an ideal environment for those that love nature all year round.


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.


published May 5, 2011

ATV Trail Management

by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division

A slideshow presentation of ATV trail management guidelines.


published Jan 1, 2006

Management Guidelines for Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation

by National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

A resource guide to assist in the planning, development, operation, and maintenance of environmentally sustainable and quality OHV trails, trail systems, and areas.


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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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American Endurance Ride Conference

Auburn, California

AERC has always stressed the development, use, and preservation of trails, with Trails Grants available for trails projects to maintain or improve equine trails.


National Office: PO Box 6027 | 1373 Lincoln Way, Suite A, Auburn, California 95604
Toll Free: (866) 271-2372 | Main: (530) 823-2260 • [email protected]

Shawnee National Forest - Shawnee Volunteer Corps

Harrisburg, Illinois

The Shawnee Volunteer Corps is a program within the agency that offers comprehensive volunteer opportunities to local, regional, and national volunteers. Shawnee National Forest is part of the National Forest system and ...


Shawnee National Forest Headquarters - PO Box 505 | 50 Hwy 145 South, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
(618) 253-7114 • [email protected]

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Basalt, Colorado

RFOV promotes stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects. The preservation and enhancement of our natural surroundings is the responsibility of every member of o...


PO Box 1341, Basalt, Colorado 81621
(970) 927-8241 • [email protected]

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