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published Jan 2013

Volunteer Guide to Trail Protection

by North Country National Scenic Trail

As we forge ahead building new trail each year, particularly on private land, how will we make sure the trail and the surrounding area are enjoyed into future generations?


published Oct 2012

FAQ: Are service dogs allowed on publicly accessible preserves?

by American Trails Staff

Requirements for visiting parks with a service dog or pet may vary, so be sure to check each park's regulations before you visit.


published Sep 2012

Access Near Aquatic Trails


published Sep 2012

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Foundation Document

by National Park Service

Every unit of the national park system is required to have a formal statement of its core mission that will provide basic guidance for all planning and management decisions—a foundation for planning and management. The development of a foundation document for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is necessary to effectively manage the park over the long term and protect park resources and values that are integral to the purpose and identity of the park unit.


published Aug 2012

A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation spending in Western states equaled $255.6 billion – nearly 40% of the national total. This includes purchases of outdoor gear and vehicles as well as travel expenditures when enjoying the great Western outdoors.


published Aug 2012

The Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation: Technical Report on Methods and Findings

This study is an update and expansion of an earlier study of active outdoor recreation produced in 2006 by the Outdoor Industry Association. The 2006 study focused solely on human-powered (i.e. non-motorized) activities. While this study includes the same human-powered activities as the earlier work, an additional survey was conducted to gauge the economic contributions of outdoor recreation.


published Aug 2012

Improving the Process: How Statewide Organizations Are Winning Federal Dollars for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Statewide organizations are well positioned to improve state-level policies that impact funding processes and to share best practices with regions.


published Jul 2012

National Scenic and Historic Trail Administration

by Bureau of Land Management

This manual provides the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and program guidance on administering congressionally designated National Trails as assigned by the Department of the Interior within the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) and this manual describes the BLM’s roles, responsibilities, agency interrelationships, and policy requirements for National Trail Administrators


published Jul 2012

The Adirondack Rail Trail Lake Placid to Old Forge

by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

The purpose of this study is to present options for the development of a recreational and economic resource for the Adirondack region between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.


published Jul 2012

Service & Conservation Corps Green Infrastructure Background

by The Corps Network

Corps have long been engaged in conservation and ecosystem management and restoration projects in urban communities and on public lands.


published Jun 2012

Sustainable Trail Guidelines

by National Park Service

Successful management of trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), the Park, will be critical for the protection of park resources and to provide safe and enjoyable recreational trails to the trail user. The Sustainable Trail Guidelines were developed with two primary objectives: to evaluate and prioritize strategies that will improve the existing trail system, and to introduce new trails that can be managed with minimal resources. The Guidelines will assist the Park in setting benchmarks for trail conditions that will result in an optimum trail system within the Park. The Sustainable Trail Guidelines set forth to serve as the primary Standard Operating Procedure document for trails management in CVNP. Establishing the CVNP Sustainable Trail Guidelines will be the first step towards implementation of the 2012 Trail Management Plan.


published Jun 2012

THE INTERTWINE Regional Trails Signage Guidelines

by Mayer/Reed

This manual serves as a technical resource to guide parks and transportation agencies as they plan, design, and fabricate wayfinding signage along regional trails in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.