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posted Oct 17, 2018

20,000th Recreational Trails Program Project: Wild Goose State Trail

by American Trails Staff

The RTP Database now houses 20,000 RTP Projects! These projects have received $944,000,000 and have been matched by over $562,000,000, for a total of $1,506,000,000. RTP funding requires at least a 20% match. Please note that RTP funding has leveraged nearly 60% in additional support from other sources of funding!


posted Sep 28, 2013

When Greenways Go Brown

by American Trails Staff

When flood PLAIN turns into flood WAY, trails are in trouble.


posted Jul 11, 2018

FAQ: What are the guidelines for constructing an ADA compliant remote access trail path in National Forests?

by American Trails Staff

On September 26th the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s 2013 Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails that updates the agency’s direction on providing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone.


posted Mar 30, 2018

Access Board issues ABA Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, including accessible trails, on federal lands

by American Trails Staff

On September 26, 2013 the U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas on federal lands. The guidelines provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic, and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes, and other components of outdoor developed areas when newly built or altered.


posted Jul 21, 2013

How Trails Benefit the Environment

by American Trails Staff

Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development.


posted Jul 28, 2020

A Landscape-Scale Approach to Refuge System Planning

by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Team (PIT) was chartered to address this recommendation from Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 21st century strategic vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Our charge was to investigate how Refuge System planning will address large-scale conservation challenges such as climate change, while maintaining the integrity of management and conservation delivery within our boundaries.


posted Aug 18, 2020

Effects of Pack Weight on Endurance of Long-distance Hikers

This study evaluated pack weight to understand the limits of long-term load carriage. Participants were Appalachian Trail hikers who attempted to complete the entire trail in the 2012 season.


posted Apr 3, 2018

California Conservation Corps Learn New Skills on Accessible Urban Trail

San Diego County partnered with the California Conservation Corps to develop an accessible trail surfaced with hardened crushed granite material from TechniSoil LLC.


posted Mar 26, 2018

Mud Pond Trail, Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

The trail is located on the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge and is universally accessible. It includes a 900 foot long raised boardwalk with rest stops that offer extraordinary views of a boreal forest and wetland communities.


posted Mar 26, 2018

General Dacey National Recreation Trail, Shelbyville, Illinois

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the six-mile multi-purpose trail that connects Lake Shelbyville and Forrest Park with the City of Shelbyville, IL.


posted Mar 26, 2018

Timber Point Trail, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

The trail is located on the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and is a scenic 1.4-mile loop located in Biddeford Pool that takes visitors through forests and meadows to the Atlantic Ocean.


posted Mar 26, 2018

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail, Wisconsin

A 250-mile water trail along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers in Wisconsin, extending from the City of Green Bay to Portage and ending in Prairie du Chien at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.