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published Nov 2020

Case Studies for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers

Read these case studies on working in the field of outdoor recreation and conservation!


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 Sep 2020

Last Child in the Woods

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.


published Sep 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.


published Sep 2020

Equestrian Etiquette - Protecting Trees and Park Structures

by Lora Goerlich

Responsible equestrians should actively protect trees and other park structures when out on the trail. Equine expert Lora Goerlich gives her take on this topic.


published Aug 2020

American Trails is Sharpening Our Focus

by American Trails Staff

Over the last two years American Trails has worked with Active Strategies to find out how we can best serve the trail community. These are the results.


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 Jul 2020

More Than a Pet Peeve - Dogs Off Leash

by Lora Goerlich

Contributing author and equine trail expert Lora Goerlich shares her thoughts on why leash laws need to be taken seriously.


published Jun 2020

Ever Wonder How to Become a JEDI Knight?

It likely comes as little surprise that our trails community does not currently include the full spectrum of people it could. Charles Thomas, executive director of Outward Bound Adventures, is the Obi Wan of JEDI Trail Knights with 40 years of experience bringing more diversity to our trails. At the 2019 International Trails Symposium he spoke about the understanding and motivation to help make trails a transformative place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.


published Apr 2020

Five Reasons Trail Research Matters

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trails are invaluable assets to any community, and when it comes to procuring funding, building coalitions, providing the best trail access, and more, trail research is one of the best tools available for showing that worth.


published Feb 2020

Maintenance Management Systems for Trails

by Lois Bachensky with USDA Forest Service

Trails work on federal lands is planned through a maintenance management system.


published Feb 2020

What is the Typical Width of a Shared-Use Trail?

by American Trails Staff

The best answer that you will get for how wide a trail should be is “It depends.”