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published May 2019

Building Trail Culture

by Amy Camp with Cycle Forward

by Amy Camp, Principal, Cycle Forward


published Sep 2019

The Future of Trails: Volunteers

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Outdoor recreation is an $887 billion industry that is, in many ways, built on the backs of volunteers.


published Oct 2019

Health Benefits of Contact with Nature

by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office

A Literature Review Prepared By Sara Perrins and Dr. Gregory Bratman of the University of Washington for the Recreation and Conservation Office.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Infinity Loop

Connecting many of northwest Oregon’s iconic attractions and creating a potentially international tourist magnet.


Jul 26, 2018

Engage Your Elected Officials! The Importance of Political Leadership

Moderated by Brian Housh with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and presented by a panel of elected officials, this webinar will discuss successful tactics & strategies employed to establish funding mechanisms and innovative policy initiatives that support the development of trail networks demanded by constituents.


published Mar 2011

FAQ: How to measure the strength and growth of a trail network

by American Trails Staff

Measuring the benefits and economic development of trails.


published Sep 2002

Case Studies of Water Trail Impacts on Rural Communities

by Lindsy Johnson, MCRP

Water trail development causes economic and social and impacts on rural communities.


published Oct 2001

Nebraska Rural Trails: Three Studies of Trail Impact

Documenting the impact of Nebraska’s developing trail system, using surveys to learn more about usage patterns, public safety, property values, and community quality of life along three rural rail-trails.


Oct 20, 2016

Economic Impact of Livable Communities with Active Transportation Options

This webinar explores the concept of "Livable Communities" which include trails as a part of the transportation infrastructure.


Aug 11, 2016

Rail-Trails, Smart-Growth, and…Realtors?

This webinar explores how to engage Realtors and other untraditional allies to see the benefits of trails


posted Jun 11, 2019

Africatown Connections Blueway: Healing Begins by Reclaiming Our Heritage and Happiness

by Elizabeth Smith-Incer with National Park Service, Joe Womack with Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc.

Preserving and making available the international historical significance of Africatown.


published Oct 2019

Engaging the Health Community

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trails are shown to improve health both mentally and physically, yet the healthcare industry and the trails industry rarely work together. There are many reasons for this, such as logistics, bureaucracy, and communication issues. We asked some leading experts how we can begin bridging these gaps.