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published May 2022

Trail Competency Framework

by The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University

A group of nationwide trail professionals representing federal agencies, trail nonprofits, and the private sector initiated this project to develop a common trail competency framework, focusing on enhancing professionalism as well as a higher level of skill.

published Jul 2016

Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

A national study on Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation.

published Jan 2016

OSI Guide to Independent Stewardship for Trails

by Outdoor Stewardship Institute

This training was developed to teach the fundamentals of basic trail maintenance to volunteers working independently in groups of three or less people. Local, state and federal land management agencies will benefit from this training because participants will gain skills that allow them to perform needed routine trail maintenance with minimal supervision and coordination.

published May 2014

United States Access Board - Outdoor Developed Areas

by U.S. Access Board

The Access Board is responsible for developing accessibility guidelines for the construction and alteration of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968.

published Jan 2014

Wilderness Stewardship Plan Handbook

by National Park Service

The purpose of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan Handbook 2014 is to provide direction for creating wilderness stewardship plans, driven by the concept of preserving wilderness character. The Handbook focuses on how to incorporate wilderness policy and wilderness character into a wilderness stewardship plan and also offers a general overview of planning and compliance to be useful for those with and without a professional background in planning.

published Aug 2012

USFS Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails

by USDA Forest Service

This guidebook was written to help designers and managers apply FSORAG and FSTAG to their work and to pro- vide guidance for integrating accessibility into outdoor recreation site and trail projects.

published Oct 2011

Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Trail Stewardship Notebook

by Ice Age Trail Alliance

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail (NST) is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and its partners can shape users’ experiences. As stewards of the land and the Trail, we can help users develop a connection with the land and create a sense of wonder — even pique their curiosity enough to further explore the Trail.

published Feb 2005

Hand Tools for Trails

by USDA Forest Service

The tools shown here are those used most often by Forest Service trail crews. They are categorized into tools for sawing, chopping, grubbing, digging and tamping, pounding, and hammering, lifting and hauling, peeling and shaping, and sharpening and rehandling. Each tool is described along with helpful techniques for use and maintenance.

U.S. Access Board Issues Final Rule on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

The Access Board has published new guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) that address access to sidewalks and streets, crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, and other components of public rights-of-way.

published Apr 2024

Wisconsin ATV - UTV 2023 Economic Impact Report

by Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association, Inc.

In 2023, ATV/UTV riders in Wisconsin were responsible for generating an estimated $4.2 billion in direct economic activity, supporting the creation of 25,845 jobs. This spending was distributed across a wide range of industries including motor vehicle dealers, lodging facilities, restaurants, gas stations, and retail stores. The study provides detailed insights into the scope and size of Wisconsin’s ATV/UTV industry, demonstrating its significant economic footprint.


published Apr 2024

Setting Speed Limits for Health and Safety

by League of American Bicyclists

This mini-report on setting speed limits shows the current framework for speed limit policies through a review of state laws that set speed limits.


published Mar 2024

2023 Economic Contribution of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation in Colorado

by Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition

Colorado offers unique opportunities for motorized recreation throughout much of the state. As such, the sport and industry of motorized recreation has increased in popularity in Colorado, both for residents and non-residents. Abt Global, LLC (Abt) evaluated the economic contribution of motorized recreation throughout Colorado for the 2022–2023 season (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023). This study is an update based on a previously conducted study, completed in December 2016, that estimated the economic contribution for the 2014–2015 season, referred to as the “2016 study” in this report.


published Mar 2024

Three Rivers Heritage Trail: 2024 Impact Assessment

by Friends of the Riverfront

The Three Rivers Heritage Trail has become vital to Pittsburgh’s identity by honoring the past while contributing to a healthier and more prosperous future.


published Jan 2024

Trails Across New York: A Grassroots Guide to Developing Greenway Trails

by Parks and Trails New York

This guide walks advocates and trail planners through the steps needed to see a greenway trail completed. The first section outlines the steps needed to get a project started, from identifying the corridor to cultivating the vision that will help inspire engagement and public support, and eventually lead to buy-in from state and/or local government.


published Dec 2023

The Trail Partnership Research Project Final Report

by USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Virginia Tech

This project applied a research-based approach to examine and assess existing trail stewardship partnerships and to provide on-the-ground managers with knowledge and practical strategies to increase capacity and improve their ability to engage in effective partnerships for trail work.


published Dec 2023

Trails as Resilient Infrastructure

This guidebook demonstrates how trails are part of resilient transportation infrastructure, how trails can be planned and designed to be resilient and sustainable, and how trails have a role in emergency planning and response.


published Nov 2023

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION: A Synthesis from Roundtables in Support of the Bureau of Land Management’s Blueprint for 21st Century Outdoor Recreation

by Foundation for America's Public Lands

Implementation of the Blueprint will require a deepening of relationships, new partnerships, new capacity and ultimately, new resources for success. Put simply, the Bureau can’t achieve its vision alone.


published Nov 2023

Tribal Development of Trails and Other Dedicated Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure

This white paper provides information and resources for Tribes, Tribal trails and active transportation advocates, and agencies that may partner with Tribes on trail projects including Federal and State agencies, MPOs, county and local governments, and community organizations.


published Oct 2023

OpenStreetMap: Mapping a Path to Digital Democracy

by OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap presentation to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee


published Oct 2023

Launching the USDA Forest Service’s 10-year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge in the Eastern Region

by USDA Forest Service, American Trails

This report was produced by American Trails in partnership with the USDA Forest Service USFS Eastern Region. The report and the engagement process that it chronicles represent the kind of cooperation that the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship calls for. It has been a pleasure to share in this experience and launch the Trail Challenge in the Eastern Region!


published Oct 2023

Making Transportation Planning Applicable in Tribal Communities Research Study: Final Report

by Federal Highway Administration

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Tribal Transportation (OTT) planning staff have observed two challenges in Tribal transportation planning: (1) that existing planning analysis tools do not always align with Tribal community context and needs and (2) it is not always clear what benefits planning provides to transportation project selection and delivery in Tribal communities.