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posted Aug 31, 2022

Trail Terms

by Jim Schmid

Trail, Greenway, and Outdoor Recreation Terms


posted Aug 18, 2022

Biden-Harris Administration to Help Rural Communities Grow Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) Applauds Biden Administration’s Assistance to Communities to Grow Outdoor Recreation Economies


posted Aug 8, 2022

Trail Tools: Grubbing Tools

by Tools for Trails

Let’s talk about grubbing and raking tools! You might have heard the term grubbing before, but if you’re new to trail building, it may be unfamiliar. Grubbing is when you are removing earth and topsoil. Basically digging into the first while removing vegetation in the process. Trail builders may also call this process hogging.


posted Jul 15, 2022

A Call for Expanding Trails Research

by Jeffrey Marion with U.S. Geological Survey

Trails research can help support trail management decision-making and funding by providing objective, quantitative information describing trail users, their numbers and demographics, preferences, and economic expenditures.


posted Oct 11, 2023

Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment Survey

by Oregon State University

There has been a collective desire across the outdoor recreation economy to gain a better understanding of two critically important and interconnected pieces of the industry: talent attraction and retention initiatives and diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes.


posted Jul 8, 2022

Improving Accessibility on Public Lands

by Mike Passo with American Trails

Recommendations from American Trails


posted Feb 14, 2023

TRAILS SAFE PASSING PLAN: STOP, SPEAK, and STAND BACK

by Equine Land Conservation Resource

Horses are prey animals and naturally can be afraid of unfamiliar people and objects. Horses have natural "flight“ survival instincts and prefer to move their feet towards an exit route. Therefore, people with horses should pass at a walk while other trail users remain STOPPED until passed.


posted Jun 8, 2022

Trail Tools: Striking Tools

by Tools for Trails

There are a few options for striking tools that you may see out on a project. Some like the sledge hammer will be seen more, while others may only be pulled out for special projects.


posted Oct 25, 2023

Advancing Trails to Support Multimodal Networks

by Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

This info brief provides a fresh look at the current state of practice for trail development, reflecting new research and showing the growing applications of trails in every type of environment and community.


posted Jul 15, 2022

Assessing the Condition and Sustainability of the Trail System at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

by U.S. Geological Survey

This research assessed the condition and sustainability of the trail system at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a National Park Service unit that partners with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the management of this unit.


posted May 22, 2022

2022 Trail Fund Recipients Announced

by American Trails Staff

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2022 Trail Fund grants. In our inaugural year, we funded a total of $50,424 directly to seven projects.


posted May 10, 2022

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is Making a Difference Across America

Use this interactive map to find where, when, and how these funds are being used.