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posted Feb 19, 2018

What’s in Your Volunteer Toolkit?

Tools to engage and retain volunteers.


posted May 23, 2018

What’s Under Foot? Multi-use Trail Surfacing Options

Key criteria in arriving at a recommended trail surface.


posted Sep 28, 2013

When Greenways Go Brown

by American Trails Staff

When flood PLAIN turns into flood WAY, trails are in trouble.


posted May 30, 2018

When Snowmobilers Meet Others on the Trail

Practical problem solving for shared use winter trails.


posted Mar 13, 2018

Why Are Good Trails Important?

The Ontario Trails Strategy is a long-term plan that establishes strategic directions for planning, managing, promoting and using trails in Ontario.


posted May 30, 2018

Why Do People Leave the Trail?

by Karen Umphress with UP! Outside

Stay on the Trail!


posted Oct 10, 2023

Why Green Jobs Plans Matter and Where US Cities Stand in Implementing Them

Preparing a climate-ready workforce requires an all-hands-on-deck approach among public and private leaders across the country—including federal policymakers, state community college systems, and individual employers—but these capacity-related gaps often come to ground in U.S. cities and regions.


posted Jul 12, 2023

Why Trails Matter: In Praise of Water Trails

by American Trails Staff

This article is intended to inspire and support trail managers, designers, volunteer groups, and individuals with information you can use, whether you want to get out and explore an existing water trail or begin the process of designating a new water trail in your community. 


posted Sep 10, 2023

Why Trails Matter: Outdoor Learning

by American Trails Staff

Getting outside can help you learn, and trails play a critical role in accessing natural places and learning to love them.


posted Aug 9, 2023

Why Trails Matter: Resilience to Wildfire

by American Trails Staff

Trails connect suburban and rural communities to wild places, and they can play an important role in landscape resilience, as wildfire becomes more frequent in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) where homes are increasingly being built.


posted Feb 1, 2024

Why Trails Matter: Trails and Greenways Promote Health

by American Trails Staff

Trails and greenways create healthy recreation and transportation opportunities by providing people of all ages with attractive, safe, accessible and low- or no-cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate.


posted Jan 12, 2024

Why Trails Matter: Trails are Inclusive

by American Trails Staff

Trails, if designed well, can promote equitable access to the outdoors for people of all ages and abilities, bringing together people with diverse social, racial, gender, and economic identities. Inclusive trails don't just happen. It takes a robust public engagement process, inclusive approaches to trail programming, public awareness efforts and trail enhancements to meet the diverse needs of the entire community.