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published May 25, 1999

Burke-Gilman Trail Vegetation Management Guidelines

Approaches to vegetation management and restoration, including native character, views, tree planting, invasive species, soil erosion control, and hazard tree management.


published Jun 1, 2011

Sustainable Trails: More Than Maintenance

by Karen Umphress with UP! Outside

So what makes a trail wholly sustainable? According to Tom Crimmins there are four keys aspects: Resource Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, Experience Sustainability, and Political Sustainability


published Jan 1, 2007

Construction and Maintenance Costs for Trails

Considering the many factors that go into estimating costs for building and managing trails, railtrails, and greenways with examples from Wisconsin.


published Oct 1, 2003

Natural Resource Impacts of Mountain Biking

A summary of scientific studies that compare mountain biking to other forms of trail travel.


published Apr 1, 2001

Studies Weigh Mountain-Biking, Hiking Impacts

New research suggests that mountain suggests that mountain bikes and boots leave equal wear and tear on trails. How bikers ride and where hikers step may make more of a difference.


published May 30, 2018

Mountain Bicycling in Wisconsin Surveyed and Analyzed

Survey of mountain biking users from the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trail system located in northwestern Wisconsin.


published Jun 1, 1998

How Agencies Manage Multi-use Trails

Multi-Use Trail Management Policy: User-Group Conflict and Resource Impact Issues.


published Nov 14, 1990

Trail Use Policies

A comprehensive document to guide use policies and regulations for a large suburban trail system south of the Bay Area.


published Jul 1, 2009

Minimizing Llama Impact in the Backcountry

In most cases, the same rules set forth for pack stock use on public lands apply to llamas. Llamas have been found to have a similar impact on trails as hikers.


published May 30, 2018

"Share the Trail"

by Arizona State Parks and Trails

Understanding Shared-Use Trail Etiquette can make Hiking, Biking, and Riding Trails More Enjoyable for Everyone


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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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Chinook Associates LLC

Arvada, Colorado

Chinook Associates was created to be an industry leader in the design, development, and management of Natural Resources, Parks, Protected Areas and Recreational Trail Systems.


13460 West 85th Drive, Arvada, Colorado 80005
(303) 718-0829

Five Rivers MetroParks

Vandali, Ohio

Protecting open space and natural areas is a priority for Five Rivers MetroParks, which protects nearly 16,000 acres of land—90 percent of it in its natural state.


8300 S Brown School Rd, Vandali, Ohio 45377
(937) 275-7275 • [email protected]

Friends of Acadia

Bar Harbor, Maine

Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspi...


PO Box 45 I 43 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Toll Free: (800) 625-0321 | Main: (207) 288-3340 • [email protected]

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