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posted Sep 13, 2020

12 Resources for Building Trail Stewards

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Use this library of resources, articles, and trainings to create an army of effective trail stewards.

posted Jun 24, 2019

Volunteer Stewardship Tools

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Explore the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.

posted May 3, 2022

Trail Building in the Ozarks

by Ozark Trail Association

This manual was created to accompany the Crew Leader training program developed by the Ozark Trail Association (OTA). It serves as an aid to volunteer Crew Leaders working with other volunteers to build and maintain single-track natural surface trails in the Ozarks region of Missouri. This manual is designed to serve as a baseline for trail construction and maintenance and as an introduction to leading small groups of volunteers on natural surface trail construction and maintenance events.


posted Jul 26, 2021

National River Cleanup® Organizers Handbook

by American Rivers

American Rivers makes it easy for you to get involved. This National River Cleanup Handbook will provide all the information you need to organize a river cleanup.


posted May 19, 2021

FAQ: Apps for Trail Management and Volunteers

Information on apps that can be used for trail management that would be suitable for volunteer-type organizations.


posted Nov 5, 2020

Adopt-a-Trail Manual

by National Park Service

The Adopt-a-Trail manual addresses the work accomplished in the Adopt-a-Trail program. This manual is meant to acquaint the maintainer with park procedures, duties involved in adopting a trail, and methods for safely performing those duties.


posted Nov 3, 2020

Adopt-A-Trail Handbook

by Mountain State Trail Alliance

Trail volunteers provide a valuable service to themselves, their fellow trail users and to the NRGTA. As the miles of trails available has grown in recent years and continue to grow, funding for trail staff has not.


posted Sep 17, 2019

The Future of Trails: Volunteers

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Outdoor recreation is an $887 billion industry that is, in many ways, built on the backs of volunteers.


posted Jun 5, 2019

DIY Volunteer Program Assessment: Maximize and Sustain Your Volunteer Community

by Kendra Baumer with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Take control of your volunteer program's future!


posted Jun 3, 2019

Advancing Trail Stewardship: Developing Sustainable Volunteer Programs

by Ann Baker Easley with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), Dean Winstanley with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), Tom Mullin with University of Southern Maine

This workshop focuses on practical ways for outdoor stewardship organizations and agencies to grow and expand the volunteer stewardship sector with greater organizational reliability and consistency across volunteer programs and in technical skill practices.


posted Mar 27, 2019

Adopter Handbook for North County Trail

by North Country Trail Association

The North Country National Scenic Trail facilitates trail maintenance through a system of Trail Adopters who take responsibility for sections of trail. The NCTA Adopter Handbook notes that “A good trail experience is what gains support for the trail and ultimately increases membership.” The Handbook details standards for signs, blazes, tread, bridges, and campsites.


posted Sep 5, 2018

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Stepping Up Stewardship

VOC announces their Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit: a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive set of resources specifically designed to help other groups and organizations start or expand their volunteer programs.


posted Feb 19, 2018

What’s in Your Volunteer Toolkit?

Tools to engage and retain volunteers.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Stewarding and Training Volunteer Stewardship Groups

Learn to successfully develop a stewardship group.