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posted Jul 30, 2020

Trail Maintenance Guidelines

by Santa Clara County Parks

This Trail Maintenance Manual was developed as a field guideline and procedure manual for Park staff responsible for the maintenance, construction, and operation of the Santa Clara County Parks trails’ system.


posted Jul 29, 2020

Maintenance Practices and Costs of Rail-Trails

by Rails to Trails Conservancy

This study presents a more comprehensive understanding of rail-trail maintenance, as has been done for other rail-trail issues such as construction costs, economic impact and rails-with-trails. Such an approach enables the rail-trail community to focus its limited resources more effectively on addressing the most critical issues.


posted Jul 29, 2020

Best Practices for Bicycle Trail Pavement Construction and Maintenance in Illinois

by Illinois Center for Transportation

The main objectives of this report were to provide the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with guidelines for the structural design of bicycle trail pavement and recommendations for bicycle trail pavement maintenance.


posted Jul 28, 2020

Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Trail Maintenance Plan

by Hudson River Valley Greenway

The AHET is a 36-mile bicycling and pedestrian “rail-trail“ from the City of Rensselaer to the City of Hudson in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties on an actively used National Grid owned right of way. Trail


posted Jul 28, 2020

Best Practices in Trail Maintenance

by Purdue University, College of Engineering

This manual is intended for practical use by trail maintenance managers. It will also be useful for policy makers who are tasked with anticipating and planning for maintenance budget and personnel needs. The recommendations included in this manual were chosen, in part, to facilitate widespread adoption by other trail operators. They are cost-effective solutions that require minimal technological or financial commitments.


posted Jul 28, 2020

Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences Guidebook (Nationwide)

by National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

The definitive guide for the planning, designing, constructing, managing and maintaining Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails


posted Jul 22, 2020

TRACS Trail Assessment & Condition Surveys User Guide 2011

by USDA Forest Service

TRACS is an organized approach for collecting and updating field data on trail conditions and the work needed to meet standard.


posted Jul 22, 2020

USFS Standard Trail Plans and Specifications

by USDA Forest Service

The Standard Trail Plans and Specifications reflect current Forest Service trail management efforts and the agency’s Trails Data Dictionary for constructed features and tasks.


posted Jun 15, 2020

Prepare to Launch!

by National Park Service

Guidelines for accessing, designing, and building launch sites for carry-in watercraft.


posted Feb 19, 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.


posted Feb 3, 2020

FAQ: 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.”


posted Dec 18, 2019

BioSpan Creates Environmental Green Non-Toxic Chemical Products for Paving and More

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

An interview with Dr. Sheldon Chesky, President & CEO of BioSpan