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Growing China's National Trail

Learn about national trails efforts in China.

by Robert (Bob) Searns, Owner, Robert Searns and Associates, Inc., Nie Jian, General Manager

The trails movement is growing rapidly in China and has contributed great value to the nation: the livelihood of the people, economic, cultural, integration of the tourism industry and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and social harmony. Learn about national trails efforts in China: development and growth, status, construction methods, applications, and how to make each trail a unique experience. Also learn about fund raising efforts, ecological sustainability of trails, rescue, events, and local community economic growth.

View China's National Trail Presentation Online

View Trail Construction Presentation Online

About the Authors

Robert Searns is a trail and greenway planner/designer/developer and has a four-decade award-winning history in trail planning and implementation. He has worked with communities to visualize concepts, win support and get projects built. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning Design and Development (Island Press)—Published in the U.S. and China and contributed to Greenways: The Beginning of an International Movement (Elsevier Press). He has written for Planning, Landscape Architecture, LA China, and American Trails Magazines.

Bob has authored a number of trail management and sustainability articles and reports including recently serving as a principal author of a trails management and sustainability guidelines report for The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area (U.S. Forest Service).

He served as Chair for American Trails and helped found the World Trails Network. He has produced and moderated Webinars, policy guidelines and other products for American Trails.

Bob holds a Master of Architecture from The State University of New York.

Bob is currently writing a new book with Island Press on close-in trails and walking routes. The publication date will be available later in 2022.

Contact: [email protected]

Nie Jian's bio not on file.

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