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Apr 22, 2021

Effective Programs to Improve Access and Use of Trails for Youth from Under-Resourced Communities

This webinar will identify trail studies and existing programs that may effectively promote and increase the use of trails among youth, especially those from under-resourced neighborhoods or communities.


published Sep 2000

Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life

​Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?


published Jan 2021

FAQ: What is the definition of a trail?

by American Trails Staff

Defining a trail corridor in law, policy, and planning.


published Oct 2020

Solutions to Homelessness on Trails

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

In August of 2020 American Trails held a webinar called "Balancing Recreational Area Use with Homelessness and Vagrancy." This webinar discussed how the city of Modesto, California dealt with the challenge of homelessness and vagrancy in their parks and trails. These are some key takeaways from the webinar.


published Mar 2021

National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program

The National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program was created to train smart volunteer and professional sawyers across the nation.


published Jun 2020

Skills and Competencies Upon Which to Build the Trails Industry

by American Trails Staff

Categories, lists, and definitions of skills used in trails and greenways work, along with links to classes and resources for training.


published Oct 2011

FAQ: Effect of Boardwalks on Vegetation and Wildlife

by American Trails Staff

Reducing impacts to vegetation and wildlife under boardwalks


published Dec 2019

Organizational Development Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in development of organizations for trails and greenways work: creating and building a nonprofit organization; managing boards and staff; recruiting, training, and rewarding volunteers; managing finances and legal issues.


published Jul 2020

Wayfinding Signs: Who, What, When, Where, and Why

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Wayfinding signs are the perfect way to easily communicate with trail users and keep them safe and oriented on the trail.


published Jan 2019

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORPs)

by American Trails Staff

The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) serves as a guide for all public outdoor recreation in urban and rural neighborhoods, cities, and regions for a given state. Each state must prepare a SCORP every five years to be eligible for funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


published Jan 2004

8 Most Used Trail Tools for Lifting and Hauling

by Jim Schmid

These are the most commonly used Lifting and Hauling Tools with tips on using them safely and effectively.


Oct 1, 2020

Managing High-Use Trails

Learn how trail steward and trailbuilding programs have worked to make the public better informed, more responsible trails users while protecting the resource.