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posted Nov 4, 2020

Case Studies for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers

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


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 Nov 2, 2020

2020 American Trails Costume Contest Results!

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Every year we ask you to get outside in your costume and send us photos! This year we had some fantastic entries from several different trail user types...


posted Oct 27, 2020

Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding Future E-Bike Use on the Arizona Trail

On average, the majority of survey respondents disapprove of e-bikes being allowed on the trail. This remains true across the board for each of the major user groups; however, mountain bike rider respondents are less likely to disapprove of allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails and equestrian respondents are more likely to disapprove.


posted Oct 23, 2020

30 New National Recreation Trails Have Been Designated

by American Trails Staff

On October 22, 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System.


posted Oct 20, 2020

The Greenway Guidebook

With this document, the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative takes the approach used in roadbuilding and applies it to creating a countywide network of greenways.


posted Oct 19, 2020

Crisis as a Catalyst

by ProInspire

Times of crisis challenge social sector leaders in extraordinary ways. The unprecedented circumstances brought forth by COVID-19 and recent acts of police brutality call on each of us to individually reflect, collectively support, and intentionally adapt our work to meet the urgent needs of this moment.


posted Oct 14, 2020

Best Pants for Trail Work

by American Trails Staff

We asked you to give us your recommendations for durable pants that can withstand trail work. These are the results.


posted Oct 13, 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.


posted Oct 7, 2020

Proper Signage Makes a Trail Come Alive

From wayfinding signage that help the public navigate your trail, to informational signs that educate trail visitors about the area, promote conservation, and create a more interactive experience, proper signage can take trails to the next level.


posted Oct 5, 2020

The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona

As a compliment to the Arizona State Parks 2020 Trails Plan, this study estimates the economic value of non-motorized and motorized trail use to Arizona residents using the travel cost method.


posted Oct 2, 2020

Teaching Kids to be Great Trail Stewards

Trails are an important resource, but sadly we are increasingly seeing trails abused by littering and vandalism. American Trails has created a packet to teach kids to be great trail stewards so the next generation of trail lovers can help lead the way towards better care for our trails.