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posted Apr 13, 2018

Trail Tools: Pounding and Hammering Tools

by Jim Schmid

These are the most commonly used pounding and hammering Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.


posted Apr 13, 2018

Trail Tools: Power Tools

by Jim Schmid

Though the bulk of trail work involves the use of hand tools, there are occasions where power tools are more efficient.


posted Apr 13, 2018

Trail Tools: Safety Equipment

by Tools for Trails

The following trail work safety tips should be covered with volunteers and crewmembers before the start of any trail work.


posted Apr 13, 2018

Trail Tools: Sawing and Chopping Tools

by Tools for Trails

These are the most commonly used sawing and chopping tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.



posted Apr 13, 2018

Trail Tools: Sources for Tools & Supplies

by Jim Schmid

Most tools needed for trail work can be purchased from local hardware stores or suppliers of forestry gear or borrowed from equipment caches of land-management agencies. Specialty tools can be found from one of the following suppliers.


posted Jun 8, 2022

Trail Tools: Striking Tools

by Tools for Trails

There are a few options for striking tools that you may see out on a project. Some like the sledge hammer will be seen more, while others may only be pulled out for special projects.


posted Apr 13, 2018

Trail Tools: Survey, Layout, and Measuring Tools

by Jim Schmid

These are the most commonly used Survey, Layout, and Measuring Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.


posted Mar 13, 2018

Trail Tourism: Promotion of the Katy Trail in Missouri

The Katy Trail is a 185-mile rails-to-trails conversion of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas-Railroad (nick-named the KATY). The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was able to acquire the right-of-way after Congress passed the National Trails System Act allowing railroad corridors to be banked for future transportation use and used on an interim basis for recreational trails.


posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns on Great Allegheny Passage Benefit from Visitor Spending

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward, Marlee Gallagher with The Trail Town Program

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.


posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns: Creating Memorable Destinations for Trail Users

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.


posted May 15, 2024

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