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posted May 21, 2022

New York's Breakneck Ridge: A Challenge for Hikers Becomes a Challenge to Sustain

by Chris Morris with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Hank Osborn with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference, Sara Hart with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

This presentation will showcase elements of a comprehensive planning effort underway, and will focus on specific management actions including data collection, trail stewardship, maintenance, and a Leave No Trace hot spot event.


posted May 21, 2022

Can I Sell You a Trail?

by Gregory Kern with Michael Baker International

Develop tools and techniques for truly hearing and properly responding to opposition when developing a trail.


published Jun 2012

Best Practices for Bicycle Trail Pavement Construction and Maintenance in Illinois

by Illinois Center for Transportation

The main objectives of this report were to provide the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with guidelines for the structural design of bicycle trail pavement and recommendations for bicycle trail pavement maintenance.


published Jun 2015

Paths More Traveled

by USDA Forest Service

This report, a publication of the Forests on the Edge project of the Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Deputy Area, examines the growth in population within 50 and 100 miles of national forests and grasslands. To understand how recreation pressure might increase in the future, the report also estimates future growth in recreation visits to NFS lands by local residents.


published Sep 2001

Estimating the Benefits and Costs to Mountain Bikers of Changes in Trail Characteristics, Access Fees, and Site Closures: Choice Experiments and Benefits Transfer

Tens of millions of North Americans and Europeans own mountain bikes and millions of them are avid trail riders. The growing popularity of mountain biking in many areas has led to increased trail degradation and conflicts among users on single track. This study could be used as a template to estimate benefits and costs to other users (hikers and equestrians), a critical component of any analysis of the types of policies managers must consider.


published May 2009

An Equestrian Guide to Trail Etiquette

by Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association

Following is basic “Share the trail Etiquette” that can improve the trail experience for all users.


published Jun 2009

Mountain Bike Activity in Natural Areas: Impacts, Assessment, and Implications for Management

This report addresses mountain biking as a recreational activity by examining styles of riding and the corresponding demands of riders. It also identifies the major impacts of mountain biking and explores potential management techniques for developing sustainable mountain biking activities in natural areas.


posted May 21, 2022

Rejuvenating kunanyi/Mt. Wellington's Great Short Walk

by Alister "Al" Clark with City of Hobart, Tasmania, Lindsay Ashlin with City of Hobart, Tasmania

The City of Hobart has been rejuvenating the historic Organ Pipes and Pinnacle Tracks on Mount Wellington in Tasmania.


published Jul 2016

Management Factors to Consider Regarding Concurrent Fat Tire Bicycle Use on Groomed Snowmobile Trails

by American Council of Snowmobile Assns. (ACSA)

All recreational trail use, whether motorized or nonmotorized, requires active management. Trail management should ensure adherence to private or public land use prescriptions, adequate resource protection, and that appropriate visitor experiences are provided. Trail management policies should be set at the local level to ensure they best fit local circumstances.


posted May 21, 2022

Shared-Use Trail Maintenance

by Tom Sexton with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Ron Steffey with Steffey Trail Connections, Henry Stroud with Montgomery County Planning Commission

Learn how to use this trail maintenance template to derive accurate costs.


published Nov 1998

Mohawk-Hudson Trail Analysis of Use, Regional Benefits, and Economic Impact

The primary purpose of this report is to heighten awareness of the regional, recreational, and economic asset and to bolster current efforts to extend and improve the facility.


posted May 21, 2022

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.