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posted Feb 6, 2018

Rail-Trail Maintenance & Operation

In about two decades, rail-trails have risen from obscurity to become highly valued amenities for many American communities. Rail-trails preserve natural and cultural resources and provide both residents and tourists with attractive places to recreate and safe routes to their destinations.


posted Feb 5, 2018

Operations, Maintenance, and Stewardship 101

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.

It's not as glamorous as building the trail. There is no ribbon cutting for a maintenance program and seldom does upkeep win a national award. Yet, operations, maintenance, and stewardship are essential to the safe use, enjoyment, and long-term success of any trail.


posted Feb 5, 2018

IMBA Trail Labs: Training to Spur Trail Development

by Katherine Fuller with International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Is your community the next great mountain biking community? What does it mean to embrace bicycles on natural-surface trails and how do community leaders and land managers get started?


posted Jan 24, 2018

Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook

by USDA Forest Service

An updated edition of the industry standard, "Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook," first released in 1996.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Design and Management for Backcountry Horse Trails

by Jim Murphy with Back Country Horsemen of America

Trail conflict occurs: among different user groups, among different users within the same group, and as a result of factors not related to a users' trail activities.


posted Jan 24, 2018

How Accessible Recreation Facilities Benefit Everyone

by R. Brian Kermeen with USDA Forest Service

Like most areas managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the central Sierra Nevada has steep and mountainous terrain. Most of our facilities evolved over time or were designed 30 years ago with no consideration for the needs of persons with disabilities.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Wetland Trail Design and Construction

by Federal Highway Administration

This manual describes the common techniques for building a wetland trail.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds

by Jan Hancock with Hancock Resources LLC, Federal Highway Administration, USDA Forest Service

This guidebook provides practical guidelines for developing recreation environments that are sensitive to the needs of riders and their stock.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Stock-Drawn Equipment for Trail Work

by USDA Forest Service

Locating replacement parts for the stock-drawn hillside plows of yesteryear.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Conservation Ethics Guiding The Goethe Trail

by Helen Koehler

The Goethe Trail is part of Florida's Greenways and Trails System which is a combination of Federal, state, local and privately owned lands. While each parcel is unique, they collectively help to preserve and protect Florida's natural, cultural and historic resources.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Shared-Use Path Design

A shared-use path serves as part of a transportation circulation system and supports multiple recreation opportunities, such as walking, bicycling, and inline skating. A shared-use path typically has a surface that is asphalt, concrete, or firmly packed crushed aggregate.


posted Jan 24, 2018

Designing Shared-Use Trails to Include Equestrians

by Anne M. O’Dell

A presentation on consideration for shared-use trails involving equestrians.