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posted Oct 7, 2021

Sustainable Trail Bridge Design

by USDA Forest Service

Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.


posted Aug 3, 2020

Sustainable Trail Development

by International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

What is a sustainable trail? Building a sustainable trail system takes into account many factors. Most importantly, a sustainable trail should have as little impact to the environment as possible; this is accomplished through proper trail planning, design, construction and maintenance. A properly built trail will last for generations to come with little maintenance needed and will blend into the natural surroundings.


posted Jun 5, 2019

Sustainable Trail Development and Education in Patagonia

by Jed Talbot with OBP Trailworks, LLC

This PTBA Technical Track session describes trail development in remote area's of Argentine Patagonia.


posted Aug 3, 2020

Sustainable Trail Guidelines

by National Park Service

Successful management of trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), the Park, will be critical for the protection of park resources and to provide safe and enjoyable recreational trails to the trail user. The Sustainable Trail Guidelines were developed with two primary objectives: to evaluate and prioritize strategies that will improve the existing trail system, and to introduce new trails that can be managed with minimal resources. The Guidelines will assist the Park in setting benchmarks for trail conditions that will result in an optimum trail system within the Park. The Sustainable Trail Guidelines set forth to serve as the primary Standard Operating Procedure document for trails management in CVNP. Establishing the CVNP Sustainable Trail Guidelines will be the first step towards implementation of the 2012 Trail Management Plan.


posted Jan 3, 2018

Sustainable Trails: Doing it Right the First Time

by John Favro with TrailsGuy, LLC Trails Consulting

When you construct or reroute a trail, you are putting a structure on the landscape that will be there, in good or bad condition, for 100 years or more in most places. So why not do it right?


posted May 30, 2018

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


posted May 7, 2012

Sustaining Communities with Trails and Open Space

by Roger Bell

A retired trailbuilder discusses land and open space.


posted Nov 25, 2023

Sustaining Wildlife With Recreation on Public Lands

by USDA Forest Service

Humans and wildlife interact in multifaceted ways on public lands with both positive and negative outcomes for each group. When managed well, wildlife-based tourism and other forms of recreation can benefit conservation goals.


posted Jul 20, 2021

Sustaining Wildlife With Recreation on Public Lands

by USDA Forest Service

A Synthesis of Research Findings, Management Practices, and Research Needs


posted Mar 29, 2018

Swan Creek Greenway National Recreation Trail, Athens, Alabama

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail is a 2.3 mile long shaded trail that parallels Swan Creek, offering pedestrians views of gentle rapids, ample wildlife, and lush timberlands. The trail also connects many recreational facilities open to the public.


posted Jul 26, 2018

Syracuse zeroes in on deal with Gotcha Bike for bike-share program

In his State of the City address in January, Mayor Ben Walsh announced he would bring bike-sharing to Syracuse. His administration has made good on that and is now seeking approval from the city council.


posted Jun 9, 2019

System Wide Trail Assessment: A Spatial Data Driven Approach

by Michael Meister

In this Trail Talk new methods of mobile electronic data collection help streamline assessments for Tennessee State Parks.